March 23, 2010

Probiotics for Infantile Colic

Colic is a common problem noted in infants in the first 3 months. Studies show that it affects as many as 1/3 of babies. Yet, despite research, there is still no known cause.

For H, her colicky symptoms decreased markedly when I eliminated some key foods from my diet. I believe that for her, colic was the first sign of food allergies.

I have heard of using probiotics in infants with colic and acid reflux but have no personal experience with it. A friend of mine shared this article with me. It discusses the use of probiotics in breastfed infants that show signs of colic. After 28 days the infants receiving probiotics cried significantly less than those receiving only simethocone. Very interesting!

March 5, 2010

AllergyEats

I recently learned about the website www.allergyeats.com. AllergyEats is an interactive website and blog that allows users to find allergy friendly restaurants based on location. Check out the website and tell me what you think about it?

Here is some info from the site-

AllergyEats was 20 months in the making and lists over 600,000 restaurants that can be searched geographically and are sorted based on the restaurant’s level of “allergy friendliness.” This rating is derived from fellow food allergy and intolerant diners who choose to rate the restaurants by answering 3 simple questions. Diners also have the opportunity to add comments to their quantitative ratings as well.

This rating is derived from fellow food allergy and intolerant diners who choose to rate the restaurants by answering 3 simple questions. Diners also have the opportunity to add comments to their quantitative ratings as well.

As a standalone restaurant database, AllergyEats is a useful tool for locating places to dine. In addition, however, I have included features such as allergen information, gluten-free menus, industry certifications, and other relevant information where available. The site will grow in value for those with food allergies or intolerances as more restaurants are rated and comments posted.