Child Feeding Difficulties
I have recently discovered earth clinic and have read with interest a great many of your remedies. I wonder if you can help me with my youngest son. He is my third son and as babies they have all had their problems with breastmilk and food sensitivities, but the first two were pretty easy to deal with. The third has been a lot harder and it took me a while to figure it out, but at 3 weeks of age he was very 'colicky' and I knew it was whatever I was eating. I tried eliminating all the usual suspects but after reducing all food intake to white rice and pears he completely came right and was happy and content. I discovered a food group that some are sensitive to, salicylates (all your flavor and color in food). It seemed to fit so I tried sticking to the diet - also no dairy, gluten, and eggs. He was fine. Horrendous diet but happy baby. At around 3 months he developed severe reflux. I didn't realize until 5 months at a routine doctors visit and and in the months that followed he ended up on PPIs and it was the only way I could cope due to all the crying and sleepless nights. At around 6 months he started eating only pears as he couldn't tolerate any other food. At 9 months we took him to a specialist where he explained that he had a very sensitive stomach and would grow out of it by 16 months. I was very thin by this point because of the diet, so much breastfeeding, and him only eating pears. But he started having a supplement containing tolerable oils to help his (surprisingly normal) weight. By 10 months he could tolerate carrots. Now he is 20 months, I've only just got him off the PPIs, I can eat pretty normally now (still breastfeeding), but he is clearly sensitive to salicylates, dairy, haven't tried gluten as none of the family have it, eggs. The only meat he can have is lamb and fish. The list of things he can eat is very short. Sorry to go on but wanted to give you a proper history. Is there anything that springs to mind that might help his digestion or whatever it is that makes him intolerant to so many things? He gets probiotics, cod liver oil, and zinc. I don't mind if you put this on EC. I really appreciated any help or advice you can give, many thanks.