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  1. #1

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    Aug 2005
    Melbourne, Victoria

    Default Ideas for baby food - no wheat or dairy

    Hey everyone,

    Due to my shocking ecezma i've decided to play it safe and not give DS any wheat or dairy (any other foods i should avoid)??

    Only problem is that they seem to be in every dish i make for us, so that is out..

    At the moment he has:

    Breakfast: Farex with homemade pureed pear & apples (he eats a whole big bowl)

    Lunch: If there is a little left over he will have that, and i normally end up just giving him more pear & apple with no farex...(He only has a small lunch otherwise he wont eat a big dinner & then doesn't sleep well)

    During the afternoon he has fresh fruit as a snack

    Dinner: i give him either pureed veggies, veggies with mince (doesn't like the mince so much), or mainly chicken soup or lamb soup which he loves

    Somebody told me i shouldn't give him any fruit (fresh or pureed) as i given him a sweet tooth, i replied that he eats his veggies with just as much gusto, but still, they made me doubt myself.

    Anyway, i would like to give him something perhaps a bit more balanced - does anyone have any suggestions for me??

    Its hard because there is flour in almost everything...

    Oh, and we keep kosher, so no ham/pork etc or anything involving meat & milk products mixed together.

    He has 3 b/f a day and 1 overnight, although his morning one is a good feed, the rest he plays around a lot during so i don't know how much he gets before he tries to do headstands while feeding or backflip off me and then try to stand up to feed, and which point i say no-way!


  2. #2

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    Jun 2005


    I am not too sure about the whole kosher thing and exactly what that means is restricted so forgive my ignorance!

    I used to give Gabriella a bit of tuna as an alternative to meat, mixed in with vegies and topped with a bit of cheese (although I know you said no dairy you could do it without the cheese). I think tho I did that when she was a bit older, maybe around 10 months?

    When I think about it it is hard to exclude wheat as Gaby used to have rice, couscous, little pasta bits etc... what about some egg soon? can never remember whether it is egg whites or yellows that you shouldnt give before 12 months?

    Ooh what about sultanas as a snack?

    As for the whole fruit thing I personally dont believe in that philosphy of giving them a sweet tooth. I think as long as their diets are balanced you should be ok.

  3. #3

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    Nov 2005


    Have you tried Soya milk or Soya yogurt ?. I am not sure on the age you can start on but Kaitlyn has been having them both since 12months..I swap her from dairy when she has Gastro ( which has been three times this year unfortunately!). She LOVES them both!

  4. #4

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    Aug 2006
    On the other side of this screen!!!


    Hi Yael, DD was on a restricted diet for the same reason as yours, we actually saw a dietician who was very good in explaining it all too us. Best to get a referral to a pediatric dietician as soon as possible because there are chemicals in some fruit and veggies that can set atopic allergies off as well. Also, I understand if you are avoiding dairy you need to avoid soy too (something about the proteins being similar)? Also you will need to delay introducing eggs and in particular egg whites for a bit longer than usual.

    Things that we found really useful: porridge made with EBM or rice milk, pureed pear and pureed tinned mango, and i also used to make gravy out of home made stock and add that to her veggies, etc. Once she got to a certain age I could introduce egg yolks which was a blessing, I would make up little vegetable fritters which she loved! This meant I spent a huge amount of time in the kitchen making up tiny little bowls of food, but i soon learnt to cook in batches and freeze little bowls so we had a ready supply of food handy.
    Good luck with it, I hope you get a positive result with your son's health!

  5. #5

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    Jul 2006


    Hi All,

    Well I have to jump on the band wagon with dairy free and possibly wheat free diet for my DD. She has excema and is not having agonying night coughing. I have noticed all these symptoms getting worse since reducing formula and introduing LF milk instead.

    Myself well I am allergic to the universe and am gluten, wheat, dairy and soy free. So I am guessing that DD is following in my footsteps.

    I am going to try Goats Milk soon. I heard soy was not good either so I will give that a miss. I will probably use rice milk in cooking (I have always done this). I am worried that DD is not going to get enough calcium.

    Also I disagree with the fruit thing. My low allergy diet reccomends paw paw, banana, and pears as low allergy fruits. Also a note about mango and stone fruits - they can send some kids hyper and many are actually allergic to these.

  6. #6

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    Nov 2004


    DH is allergic to wheat/rice/dairy products. Things like almond flour and coconut milk feature in a lot of his food.
    My DS also eats a lot of fruit, I wouldn't worry about your son enjoying his fruit esp since he loves his vegies too.

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    In Bankworld with Barbara


    Yael, I have had a dig around and found these dairy and gluten free recipes for you. They come from 101 Fantastic recipes for Babies, Toddlers and Children.

    Chicken with Rice and Leeks (first food)
    Preparation time; 40mins. Makes 6-8 servings. Storage; suitable for freezing and keeps for up to 24hrs in the fridge.
    3 tbsp white basmati or long grain rice
    300ml water
    1/2 small chicken breast, skinned and cut into small pieces.
    1 small leek, washed and thinly sliced
    cooled boiled water for thinning
    Put the rice in a sieve, wash and drain it. Place in a small saucepan and add the water. Bring to the boil and reduce heat. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the chicken and the leek and continue to simmer for another 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked right through and the rice and leeks are tender. Add a little more water if necessary. Puree the mixture until smooth. take out one portion to serve and add more cooled boiled water to thin if needed.

    Chicken and Vegetable Stirfry (9-12 months)
    Preparation; 30 mins. Makes 2-3 servings. Storage; keeps for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1/2 chicken breast thinly sliced
    1/2 tsb dried tarragon
    1/2 red capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced
    6 baby corn, sliced lengthways
    3 tbsp frozen peas
    Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the chicken slices andtarragon and stirfry for a few minutes. Add the red capsicum and baby corn and continue to strifry overa gentle heat for 10-15 minutes until the chicken has cooked right through. Meanwhile bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and add the peas. reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes until the peas a hot right through. Drain and add to the stirfry. Serve with rice and cut the chicken into small pieces.

    Mixed Fruit Jelly (1-2 years, but can be given to younger children)
    Preparation; 2.5 - 3.5 hrs. Makes; 4-6 servings. Storage; keeps for up to 2 days in the fridge.
    1 packet jelly
    100ml boiling water
    200ml cold water
    175ml unsweetened fruit juice, such as orange, apple, grape or blackcurrant
    175g finely chopped fresh fruit, such as peaches, strawberries, pears or bananas
    Place the jelly in a large jug and pour in the boiling water. Stir to dissolve. Add the cold water and then the fruit juice. Take one large jelly mould or several small bowls and place the fruit in the bottom. Pour the jelly mixture over the fruit and stir to distribute the fruit in the jelly. Place in the fridge and leave until set.

  8. #8

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    Mar 2005
    Sydney, NSW


    Yael, coco also has allergies. We love chicken risotto here (just rice, chick mince, and some vegies ... zuchinni, mushrooms...whatever. I didn't use stock to begin, but do now. I also tried her on egg yolk last week.....hives. So maybe avoid that (she has excma and as far as I know it's externally caused but dairy, egg and some other things make it worse, including weet bix. But saying that, bread doesn't (we go wholemeal or multigrain). I also feed her mince and we tried a lamb cutlet the other day HUGE hit.
    I give lots of fruit, don't worry about sweet tooth...they will learn about lollies later, and you will wish he ate more fruit, so I say stick with it!!
    I also give coco baked beans, salt reduced, with vegies. She loves it. We also have salmon (tinned ).

  9. #9

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    May 2005


    Hi Yael,
    How are you going with the dairy free wheat free diet??

    Luxxe also has allergies to dairy and egg yolk so we're sticking to a vegan diet for her andme for a while. Well I'm having meat, but L isn't really into any meat (i've tried).

    It's not as hard as it seems to avoid those sorts of things. There is a really great health food shop out in Ormond called SunnyBrook health store (on north rd) and it specialises in wheat free everything! You can get gluten free rusks (which L loves) and bread and heaps of flours and grains and cereals and cook books and all sorts of stuff! They are really helpful too and will help with any questions.

    I live miles away from Ormond and make the trek out there weekly... so I reckon it's pretty good (plus it's my only source of dairy free chocolate )

    as for the eczema, L had it but once I treated her with a homeopathy remedy, she hasn't had it since. It was mostly just on her neck adn face and behind her ears... but it used to bleed all the time and was just not nice, and all it took was 3 treatments with the homeopathy rememdy and it was gone. It was so easy too... just 1ml of remedy one week then another 2 weeks later and the 3rd a week after that. and it hasn't come back since! It's worth trying....

    And even the allergy testing isn't as bad as you'd think. L cried a little, but I think it's definitely worth knowing for sure if there is an allergy so you can avoid the foods.
    I know your eczema is bad, have you had allergy tests done? i can't remember if you've mentioned it or not.

    anyway, hope that helps!


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