Following the results from the Sunderland test, we have decided to go cold turkey with B’s dairy intake. I wouldn’t say a huge amount of thought has gone into this; we’re just leaping in. God knows what he will eat or where his calcium intake will come from. I thought I would keep a diary of how we get on.
Day One- breakfast. B was upset, as predicted, at having no morning milk. He rejected the strawberry soya milk and the toast with Vitalite. Not sure what he drank, but we eventually settled on a bowl full of Pringles for breakfast. Great start. Lunch- McDonalds. Sigh. Evening meal- hungry, ate well. Bedtime- no milk asked for. A dairy free day!
Day Two- breakfast. Asked for milk the moment he woke up. Wouldn’t drink soya milk. Stole, and managed one small bite of, his brother’s toast with butter. Need to step up the segregation. Ate his own toast with Vitalite. Lunch- sandwiches with Vitalite eaten. Lots of dairy free snacks throughout the day. Went shopping for dairy free at Sainsburys. Hurrah for dairy free cake mix and many, many other ideal foods. Boo to an extra £80 on our shopping bill! Evening meal- made dairy free pancakes from scratch, which he loved. Bedtime- tried, and liked, ‘Rice Dream’ milk. Feeling positive.
Days three and four- dairy free! Managed to get some food in him but not as much as we’d like. ‘Rice Dream’ still working well. Nursery have been primed and provided with Vitalite and ‘Rice Dream’. Poo is different but, if anything, more horrible than before.
Days five to seven- a dairy free week! Good to know we (and nursery) can manage it. Shame it has made no difference (yet- be optimistic). Thank you to the lovely person who fould dairy free cheese for us. A home made dairy free pizza went down a treat.
Day…lost count already- solid poo! Solid poo! Solid poo!
Day nine (remembered now)- another solid poo! What’s more, he has only gone once in the last two days, rather than four times. Too good to be true..?
Day Ten- too good to be true. A runny poo this morning. But… back to solid this evening. And not nearly as smelly as they used to be. How long before he gets bored of fake-cheese pizza?
Day eleven- runny poo is back with a vengance! This morning’s code brown was as bad as it gets. Complete change of clothes and a rug to be put in the washing machine! Not sure what this means, but we were told to give it four to five weeks. I have become a stool obsessive.
Day twelve- ‘loose’ is the word they use at nursery. Today B had two loose BMs (bowel movements- I’m getting good at the jargon!). Is this all a waste of time? Does he have a secret stash of cheese triangles tucked down the side of his bed?
Week three- the past week has seen all loose movements, with one notable exception. He did one reasonably solid poo. We knew it was solid because he did it in the bath, picked it up, reached over and dropped it in the toilet. Our revulsion was cancelled out by our joy at seeing a solid poo. His brother, also in the bath at the time, didn’t seem to mind.
Week four- I think it is time to admit that a dairy free diet has not worked. We still have one week to go before the five week trial is up, but short of a miracle, I don’t see things changing. There are other alternatives to try (thanks to everyone who has offered advice) but I think we will wait until next month’s meeting with the paediatrician before doing anything else.
Week five- we are no longer dairy free. We have a meeting with the paediatrician next month- until then we will go back to a normal diet. We are going to keep a food diary from now on. All in all it has been a disappointing experiment, but it demonstrated to us that implementing an adapted diet is quite possible. Also, if we hadn’t tried, we would not have been able to rule it out.