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answered Why is my 3 month old waking up 10+ times a night?
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accepted How much vitamin D does a toddler typically need?
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comment Gift idea for breastfeeding mom
My wife loved the Kindle I got her while she was breastfeeding---she normally doesn't read much, but she even read War & Peace while breastfeeding (!)
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answered Are the “gentlease” and “sensitive” infant formulas anything more than sugar water?
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comment How much vitamin D does a toddler typically need?
Thanks for the links (+1). I've seen some of this before, but I appreciate the list of references on the "supplementation" page.
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
The chemists seem to disagree with you: "[soap molecules] have carboxylate head groups (R−COO−) whereas [SLS] has the sulfate head group (R−OSO−3)."
May
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
"You may not see SLS there, but... it [is] present in most bar soaps". Please explain. Tom's of Maine uses the natural version, but they list SLS as an ingredient. Are you saying that soap contains SLS?
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
I have yet to find a bar soap with SL(E)S. It's certainly common in liquid "soap" (which is really detergent). I think the allergist would have tried such a test if it were useful & practical. An issue with medical tests is that they're not definitive---the real test is what happens when you minimize exposure. Medical tests are useful for indicating what to try, but we're past that point wrt detergents and my son's skin.
May
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
We've tried that---didn't seem to help.
May
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comment Daughter won't take formula
Did you recently discover that your daughter has a milk allergy? How did you learn of the allergy?
May
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
He is already exposed to regular (bar) soap.
May
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
Did you read the background? We've been to the allergist. He is currently exposed to normal detergents. I'm interested in trying to eliminate his exposure to detergents to see if that will improve his skin rash.
May
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comment How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
I don't know if I have an allergic reaction from clothes washer detergent---we've never tried a non-detergent clothes washer soap. I have a mild skin rash, but extra vitamin D has largely cured my rash. My known allergic reaction (canker sores) is from SLS in most toothpastes.
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asked How to test whether my toddler is allergic to detergent?
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comment How much vitamin D does a toddler typically need?
@mmr The RDA for his age is 600 IU; the UL is 2,500. The "pediatrics" article you reference says that 400 IU is a "minimum". Detergent is a definite possibility (I react to SLS). He doesn't swim yet (though the allergy doc we saw suggested adding chlorine to bath water to kill bacteria that might be causing his skin rashes). Our pedi had us do a blood test then recommended that we see an allergy specialist. The specialist didn't give specific advice about vitamin D.