Thursday, 11 October 2007

Allergic baby? Some moms try a total elimination diet

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When she realized that her nursing baby had severe food allergies, Rebecca Boone decided to narrow down the culprit. She originally went on an elimination diet, which normally cuts out highly allergenic foods like dairy, nuts, and wheat. But when her daughter's symptoms didn't improve, Boone took it a step further and tried a total elimination diet (TED). While that may sound like she just decided not to eat, a total elimination diet means eating only 2-3 foods that are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. In this case, she stuck to organic turkey, squash, and rice and ever so slowly added foods back in one at a time. In this case, the diet improved her baby's symptoms a little, but in the end she had to turn to special hypo-allergenic formula.

So does a TED really work? There doesn't seem to be a clear cut answer to that question. Some doctors feel it could cause nutrition problems, while others think that it's worth a try. Everyone agrees, however, that before trying something as extreme as a TED, both mother and baby need to be seen by a doctor. What about you? Would you consider a TED before switching to a hypo-allergenic formula?

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