Re: Discouraged after gastro spec. visit
I'm sorry the gastroenterologist didn't give you more useful information.
How old is your baby, again? I'm thinking about 3 weeks...?
Allergies can result in poor growth. Cutting out the top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, and wheat) is not the worst idea in the world, though I am not sure I would eliminate all of those to start with. Dairy is probably the top allergen in that list- and when a baby has a problem with dairy, it's almost never, ever with lactose (milk sugar). It's with casein or some other milk protein. Babies are designed to digest lactose, since human milk is always packed with it (even if mom never, ever touches cow's milk). Production of lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose, peaks in infancy. Lactase production declines over time, and it's really only older children and adults who are lactose intolerant (i.e. Unable to fully digest lactose).
Is your baby exhibiting any other symptoms of allergy, aside from slow growth? Things like excema, or stools which are greenish, green, mucousy, frothy, or which contain blood?
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