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How did you find out what your baby was intolerant to?
When my baby was two weeks old, she started reacting despite my MSPI diet. I realized I had been cooking a lot of egg casseroles and things with eggs and found the egg allergy. The same thing happened with peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, caramel coloring, corn, and corn syrup. Every baby reacts differently. My son reacted by back-arching, fussiness, and sleeplessness. My daughter reacted by sleeplessness, fussiness, and green mucusy stools. Every baby is different.
How do I know which pre-made products are safe?
Become an expert at label reading! Most products have a line at the bottom of the ingredients that say "CONTAINS" and lists the top 8 allergens the product contains. If it does not have that line, you need to carefully read every ingredient for what you are avoiding.
What are the most common allergens?
The most common allergens are milk, soy, egg, peanut, treenut, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Other common allergens and intolerances include corn, gluten, citrus, beef, strawberries, etc.
What does MSPI stand for?
MSPI stands for Milk and Soy Protein Intolerance. It is a condition that most children grow out of by age one.
What is the difference between milk protein intolerance and lactose intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is an intolerance to the lactose (or sugar part) of milk. Milk proteins are found in the following ingredients: cream, milk, milk solids, casein, whey, milk chocolate, lactalbumin, and sodium caseinate (found in non-dairy creamers).
What should I do about eating out?
Many restaurants have become very good at catering to people with dietary restrictions! It can be helpful to call ahead and talk to someone knowledgeable. If there isn't someone who seems knowledgeable about what is in their food, I don't eat there. Many chain restaurants have allergen charts that you can look at before dining out. Even these may not suffice if dealing with a less common allergen such as corn syrup. There are restaurants you can eat at - you just have to research ahead of time to find them!
Why are you allowed to have soy oil and soy lecithin on a soy-free diet?
Because soybean oil and soy lecithin are fats, not proteins, many babies with MSPI or soy intolerances do fine with them.