Thursday, July 26, 2012

My baby doesn't let me eat ice cream

7 weeks old

I'm lucky that I've never had to cut anything out of my diet due to health reasons. Not even when I was pregnant, because I don't like raw fish or any of the other foods on the Do Not Eat While Pregnant List. Then I had my daughter.

Her skin was fine when she was born, a bit dry because she was overdue, but normal for newborns. When she was three weeks old, she started getting a little bit of baby acne. I Googled around, and found that it was perfectly normal when the babies bodies were adjusting to all the hormonal changes outside the womb, and it should go away on its own in a few weeks or months.

Then it started getting worse and worse. By the time she was 7 weeks old, it looked more like a rash than acne, with her cheeks covered in ugly red bumps. Around this time, I read Kelly from The Pretty Bee's post on how she had to cut out dairy, soy, corn and eggs from her already gluten-free diet because of the allergic reactions her baby was having. The symptoms she described were very similar (a lot of spitting up, fussiness, green poop... things that sometimes point to allergies and sometimes are completely normal). I really really hoped that I wouldn't have to cut out anything from my diet, especially dairy because I had just discovered this amazing salted caramel gelato at Safeway.

My doctor confirmed that her acne was bordering on a rash, and suggested I cut out dairy for a week or two to see if it made any difference (Noooooooooo!!!). So, I stopped eating my gelato and ice cream. I don't eat a lot in one sitting, rather I like to eat a spoonful or two every few hours. This meant I was snacking on it all day long for the last two months, so all the sudden going cold turkey was difficult for me, especially every time I opened the freezer and saw all the ice cream staring at me.

I tried to cut out all dairy, but I managed to sneak in some buttery pastries, a taco with cheese, and a buttercream frosted cupcake. Even with all my cheats, baby's skin immediately cleared up within the week. I hoped that maybe the acne went away on its own and the dairy had nothing to do with it, so I ate two spoonfuls of ice cream one night, and the next morning, BAM! the acne was back.

7 weeks old - breakout mcgee
7.5 weeks old - getting better
8 weeks old - almost all clear!
Anyway, long story short, I can't eat ice cream right now, and it makes me sad.

Right now her skin is mostly clear, but she still has a few bumps or dry spots sometimes. For the dryness, I've been using a little bit of Mahu Baby body lotion that Mahu sent me. It's made in New Zealand and specially formulated for babies' sensitive skin with all natural botanical ingredients and free of phthalates, parabens or sulphates. The lavender scent (from the essential oil, not added fragrance) is a bit strong, but it does go away, and the lotion is light and quickly absorbed. I just saw that they also carry a baby moisturizer with aloe vera and vitamin E that would probably be more suitable for using on the face if I don't want to overwhelm my baby's little nose.

My husband bought me some soy ice cream, but I'm not too big of a big fan. I don't really like sorbets either, but I've heard that Coconut Dream ice cream is good, so I'm looking for that next. Any suggestions on good non-dairy ice creams?

Disclosure: I was provided with the lotion in exchange for a review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

36 comments:

  1. What a cute baby! Glad that she's recovered now. 

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  2. This is probably not the best time to bring this up, but have you tried Haagen Dazs green tea ice cream!? SO SO GOOD! I stock up whenever Safeway/Shoppers has a $3 sale, muahaha.

    Hope baby L's skin clears up soon!

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  3. Aw... poor baby! I am happy to hear that your daughter is doing much better!

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  4. Oh my goodnes she is the cutest!! That smile in the last photo... melts your heart! Congrats on a beautiful baby girl, and I truly hope the skin/dairy issues are resolved for both of you soon!

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  5. What a cutie!!! I'm glad you guys were able to figure out the problem. Allergies can go away. Maybe it will go away sooner than you think?

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  6. Awwww .. she's so CUTE!!  How can one not give up ice cream for a face like that!!  Maybe it's time to switch to popsicles~ 

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  7. SOOOOO CUTE.  But no ice cream?  Oh my.  I'm going to have to rethink having kids.  Ha just kiddinggggg.  

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  8. Larry & Luna's Coconut Bliss icecream is pretty amazing! :) Baby L is adorable la!!

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  9. Poor
    girl! But even poorer to your friend who had to cut out all that stuff on top
    of her gluten free diet! She must not eat anything! Did you doctor say that you
    can add dairy back when your daughter is older? We think that our son had a
    dairy aversion when he was an infant because of the formula. No doctor ever
    thought it was allergies. So we switched to soy, but that made him constipated
    though cleared up his skin. A month later, we were fed up with the constipation
    and juice drinking, and went back to regular formula. No reaction! So,
    sometimes babies just need to mature their systems. Good luck! PS. She's a
    cutie! Love that last smile!!!

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  10. Aw, she's so cute! Hopefully, it is a short term sacrifice.

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  11. I like the Tofutti ice cream sandwiches... for someone who doesn't usually like ice cream sandwiches.  I get mine from Safeway (on-sale recently!)

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  12. LOL you are evil, Cee!! :) I will have to try out their green tea flavor when her dairy sensitivity goes away, or I stop nursing... whichever comes first :)

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  13. Yes, I sure hope so. I can't live without ice cream for too long :) If not, I guess it's only until I stop nursing, so it's not forever, haha

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  14. Haha! I had no problems with my first kid, so who knows?

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  15.  Ahhhh yum. where do you buy it la????

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  16.  Mmmm ice cream sandwiches! I'll have to hunt those down :) Thanks, Angela!

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  17.  Yeah babies are weird, probably because their digestive systems arent fully developed yet. I hope it doesn't last too long!

    Glad your son's dairy aversion went away :)

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  18.  Thanks, Ana! I hope so too :)

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  19. Thanks, Henry! I'm not a big fan of popsicles unless they have ice cream inside, so thats not going to work, lol :)

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  20. Thanks, Laura!

    ps. glad you're back blogging!

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  21. We used to eat Rice Dream (ice cream made with rice milk).  That was a long time ago, so I am not sure if it's still around

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  22. Awww poor you and poor baby!! So glad she is doing better now though...she is ADORABLE!

    P.S. To answer your question about where the bridge was that I took those photos: off the Sammamish River Trail in Redmond :)

    xo
    Lizzie

    placeclevertitlehere.blogspot.com

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  23. She is definitely one of the CUTEST babies I have ever seen! Coconut Dream ice cream is great! Or maybe try some fruit sorbets that are dairy free??

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  24. My daughters were both allergic to milk and both grew out of it, thankfully, but I still like to buy Tofutti Cuties soy ice-cream sandwiches!

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  25. so i think ice cream makes my baby fussy and gassy!! well i think all dairy does, i'm guessing he'll be lactose intolerant like a lot of asian males. but yes, the coconut dream line of popsicles and ice cream is fantastic, i highly recommend it!!!

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  26. Aw, poor little girl!  She is adorable with the CUTEST smile!  Though it's too bad you have to cut out dairy, at least you were able to pinpoint something that was causing the acne (is it the lactose?  Lactaid is pretty good-tasting milk so I'm wondering if there's a good lactose-free ice cream that tastes like the real stuff)!  
    My son had baby acne and eczema so he was blotchy for almost his entire first year.  He still has sensitive skin that will rash up in a heartbeat, but I'm glad it seems to be toughening up as he gets older.

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  27. Holy crap that is crazy!! I'm glad your her skin has cleared up but am so sad that your summer will be ice creamless from here on out. Also, I've gotta say, your daughter is adorable.

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  28. I have a dairy intollerance myself, but often cheat with ice cream because it's just so dang delicious! In my continued search to find the yummiest non-dairy frozen treats, I've found that very few live up to the creaminess of true ice cream. However, there is one treat that in my opinion blows every other vegan frozen dessert out of the water, and that is Trader Joe's "Soy Creamy Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert" in the "Cherry Chocolate Chip" flavor. Now I'm not a huge cherry flavor fan, but this dessert has actual cherry chunks as well as chocolate chunks, which are all delicious and the chocoate does not taste dairy-free. I like this dessert because if you didn't know it was dairy-free, it's hard to tell that is is. The soy flavor is very mild and the balance of cherry and chocolate is just right. I would recommend it 100%! :)

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  29. That sounds AMAZING! Granted I'm not a huge cherry dessert fan (love fresh ones, but not so much in desserts) but I will trust you on it. I'm going to have to make a trip to TJ's soon! :)

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  30. You can eat coconut milk-based ice cream! I love the ones at Molly Moons and Full Tilt. Yum!

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  31. What? They do? I'm so out of the loop. I'll have to make a trip to Molly Moon's soon! :) And I've never been to Full Tilt, the shame! I guess it's time to try it out :)

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  32. Coconut Dream is very good.  I also really enjoy the tofutti vanilla "ice cream" sandwiches.  Taste just like vanilla ice cream.  I promise.

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  33. My babies had very bad eczema and then food allergies. We had to live without a lot of foods that we loved. I have since learned that such reactions are not only due to allergies, but also to gut bacteria and that probiotics can help (if you take them they will come through your breast milk; baby can also take them, too--check with your doctor). Probiotics are very important and help regulate the whole immune system and even help with brain development. Good luck with your beautiful baby!

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  34. What a sweet little face she has! Love that smile.  Are you still dairy free? How's it going?

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  35. Yeah, still trying to be dairy-free but failing miserably (and my daughter's skin shows it). We have free pizza Thursdays at work that's hard to resist, and burgers just aren't the same without cheese. But at least I've stopped eating ice cream and eating milk/cream based products. It's just the cheese and butter that are hard!

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