Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New baseline

If we are what we eat, then Juliana is a little lamb.

Two weeks ago I pulled dairy from Juliana's diet. She now eats nothing but lamb liver-based formula and she is doing very well on it! The eczema on her face actually increased for the first week or so before fading entirely. I've found that the eczema will return if I am not careful when measuring some of the ingredients. This has led me to believe that Juliana's eczema was a detox reaction.

She's not having any GI issues: no reflux, no diarrhea, no constipation, no diaper rash, no digestive pain. Her respiratory issues are gone. She's gaining weight. She's happy. Perhaps one of the most exciting things of all is that she seems a little less foggy and a little more interactive. Juliana has always been communicative and observant (when not in pain). But she's been only selectively interactive with us. For example, it's only in the past week that she's been smiling at us when we play peek-a-boo. In fact since switching to 100% lamb she has smiled much more overall. She has also just recently begun to mimic. I am hoping and praying that good nutrition will help her cognitive development.

This is our new baseline. I don't know where we will go from here. We are consulting with a GAPS-friendly nutritionist soon and I am hoping that her expertise will shed some light on our next steps.

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