Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

How Long Does It Take?
0

8 posts in this topic

My son went dairy free as of this past Saturday. The doctor said to give it 2 weeks to see if maybe he is intolerant to dairy. Does that seem like enough time? For anyone who is also dairy intolerant, about how soon after eliminating it did you start to see some improvement?

Nicole

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

Nicole,

I have gone off dairy for several times. I can't speak for what the research says, or what the experts say, so I will give you my experience. My lactose symptoms occur within an hour of eating lactose and I get over them within about 24 hours. If I go off dairy for a few days, I feel pretty much back to normal.

There's a but...I also have some extra mucous production because of dairy. It's not an allergy in the truest sense, but it clearly affects the mucuous in my nose, throat, ears, etc. It took about 10-14 days for those symptoms to clear up. Within about 3 weeks I feel completely clear of this excess mucous. It is great to not have a crackling sound in your years when you swallow, to not have the bad breath (amazing how bad one's morning breath is when one eats dairy), and to have much, much less nose mucous.

Anyway, hope this helps. The author of the bible of food elimination diets (Dr. Jonathan Brostoff), suggests that to test intolerances to food, one must go off them for 7-14 days before challenging with them. This is typically necessary with dairy only if you are testing for a reaction above and beyond lactose intolerance.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a reaction to dairy that is really fast too. Usually within an hour. With lactose intolerance you have dairy fermenting in your intestine, so your body gets rid of it, for me, once it's gone I am good to go. I would think with a child, it would process much faster. When my son was little, he processed so fast, I never saw such green poops in my life :P

If you keep him off dairy for two weeks, and he doesn't have any problems at all -- then you start on dairy again, you would know pretty quickly if he had an intolerance.

It is my understanding that the lactose intolerant body can process some dairy with the enzymes it produces, but once it runs out the trouble starts. So, your son could have some dairy and not have any problems -- Also, I don't have problems with yogurts, or some cheeses, but give me whole milk, and I am gone in 30 minutes.

So, I guess I say... two weeks is more than enough time for dairy. If he is completely off dairy for a couple of days and still having problems, I would begin to think it could be something else. poor llittle guy...

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the help. He does seem to be doing better and we are on day 11. We will see how it goes.

Nicole

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I pulled my daughther off dairy (She is 2). And clearly she has a problem with dairy. Over the first weekend I saw a big improvement is stools. Then everytime she has had even trace amounts of a milk product, her bowls are destroyed and she is a mess for days.

I would have to say two weeks is enough time to see an improvemnt and probably a reaction if you re-introduce dairy.

Good luck. Also, I found probiotics help fix her up again after accidental ingestion of milk products.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




I pulled my daughther off dairy (She is 2). And clearly she has a problem with dairy. Over the first weekend I saw a big improvement is stools. Then everytime she has had even trace amounts of a milk product, her bowls are destroyed and she is a mess for days.

I would have to say two weeks is enough time to see an improvemnt and probably a reaction if you re-introduce dairy.

Good luck. Also, I found probiotics help fix her up again after accidental ingestion of milk products.

If the improvement is obvious, do you think there is any reason to reintroduce any dairy? I keep saying maybe this is just a fluke and he happens to be going through a good spell right now. But what is the likelyhood that he has not had a good spell in about 2 months but he is having one now at the exact same time I removed dairy from his diet. Rationally I don't think that is likely but there is always that part of me that hopes I am doing the right thing. Off of dairy his appetite has dramatically increased, he is pooping everyday rather that once a week he was doing, there is no more running to the bathroom with the urge to poop and no more rectal pain. Also, no more dark circles under the eyes. I think that all points to improvement. :P

Nicole

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I pulled my daughther off dairy (She is 2). And clearly she has a problem with dairy. Over the first weekend I saw a big improvement is stools. Then everytime she has had even trace amounts of a milk product, her bowls are destroyed and she is a mess for days.

I would have to say two weeks is enough time to see an improvemnt and probably a reaction if you re-introduce dairy.

Good luck. Also, I found probiotics help fix her up again after accidental ingestion of milk products.

If the improvement is obvious, do you think there is any reason to reintroduce any dairy? I keep saying maybe this is just a fluke and he happens to be going through a good spell right now. But what is the likelyhood that he has not had a good spell in about 2 months but he is having one now at the exact same time I removed dairy from his diet. Rationally I don't think that is likely but there is always that part of me that hopes I am doing the right thing. Off of dairy his appetite has dramatically increased, he is pooping everyday rather that once a week he was doing, there is no more running to the bathroom with the urge to poop and no more rectal pain. Also, no more dark circles under the eyes. I think that all points to improvement. :P

Nicole

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Nicole,

I think doctors like dairy because of the fat/brain devopment, and calcuim/bone development. You should talk to your doctor about the alternatives. If he is clearly doing better off dairy, then why put him through all that pain.

I have passed out at restaurants (on the can no less, face down right on the floor... ewe) :huh: due to the pain and have had severe issues with dairy.

You may find he can tolerate some aged cheeses (cheddar) and yogurts. Also, if it is simply Lactose Intolerance (and not a cassien issue) then the lactaid milk, and Lactaid pills work really great. I use them all the time. The trick is knowing how many to take... because they are adding the enzymes to the body that the body isn't making to process dairy and it depends on how much his body making, and how much additional you need to add. They are really safe, I would imagine they are safe for kids too, but check it out -- at least it's an option either now or in the future.

Good luck

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,337
    • Total Posts
      920,459
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Acne are not itchy or only mildly itchy and they look like red bumps with or without white centers. The bumps are quite separated from each other. What did you start to eat after going gluten-free? More fruits and sugary foods? This can trigger acne.  http://www.ehealthstar.com/conditions/acne-vulgaris Dermatitis herpetiformis can be very itchy and the bumps are more close together and they tend to crust over.  
    • What about Xanthan gum?  It really bothers me, so I avoid most commercially processed gluten-free breads, etc.  Never bothers my hubby though.  
    • I use to get them before I went gluten-free.  I stopped eating oats because it also does give me canker sores and causes my toes to get cracked underneath.  
    • I had quite a few of the medical problems that you have before I figured out that gluten was the problem. I can’t do basic math or writing when I eat gluten also I get depressed, irritable, low energy, etc. The best route to go is to do an elimination diet and monitor how certain foods affect you. I eliminated MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), Nitrite, and oat based on the reactions that I get once I consume them. You must be disciplined on a gluten free diet, there is not such a thing as –It is just one cookie! If you can manage to go 100% gluten-free for three weeks and you see those problems going away, you will have a good idea if that is the cause of your problems. The blood test I did after being gluten-free for two years came back negative so the doctor just make me feel that I was crazy and making things up. I have a stool test done which came back with elevated igA also a gene test indicating I have two genes that code for gluten sensitivity. My lactose intolerance went away too, eating a lot of cheese now. Rash in arms? gone, Brown spots in teeth? Gone, Intestinal noises? Gone, Lack of bladder control? Gone, Constipation? Gone, and a lot others.   
    • Oh you're most welcome!  Another thing --- no steroids, oral or injected for 2 months prior to a dh biopsy. Lay off any topical steroid creams for 2 weeks prior. Really, stand your ground with them. It would also be great if you can get a friend or family member to go with you in case they take the biopsy from somewhere that you can't see such as the back of your neck. Your friend/family member can watch to make sure they don't take it directly ON a lesion. Do you have a primary care doc? You can also go to that doc & ask for a full celiac panel PLUS an eTG or TG3. 60% of people with dh test negative on the celiac blood panel but maybe you're one of the 40% who will test positive. It's worth a shot.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,403
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    GKosmac
    Joined