Elimination Diet FYI

Posted 1.22.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

So, you find out your child has a milk protein allergy, and you think, “What am I going to feed him? Babies are supposed to drink milk!” I know it can be confusing, and a little overwhelming, at first. However, after taking a look at your options, you will be good to go!

If your child is formula fed, you won’t need to worry about eliminating anything from your diet. As we’ve talked about in previous entries, you can just switch your little one to an amino acid-based formula. However, if you choose to breastfeed, you will need to follow an elimination diet and remove all milk and soy protein from your diet.

For your reference, here is a list of the basic foods that may contain dairy or soy protein that you should avoid when on the elimination diet:

  • All dairy and soy products
  • Meat/processed meats
  • Whey or Casein on the label
  • Nutrition bars
  • Glazes
  • Lactose-free products
  • Chocolate
  • Fortified cereals
  • Non-broth (cream) soup
  • Cheese/Yogurt
  • Salad dressing

Kids With Food Allergies also has another in-depth list you can take a look at. Click here to see the full list.

These are just some things to look out for when implementing an elimination diet. Of course, if you feel the need to supplement your baby’s diet or if the elimination diet is compromised, an amino acid-based formula is always a great option. And, as always, please speak with a registered dietitian or your pediatrician before starting the elimination diet.

- Christine

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