My littlest, now 3yo, has issues with food. She eats plenty but plenty doesn’t like her. From 9 months old to 6 months ago she vomited for 7 days or more once a month EVERY month. Yuck! We lost sleep, we worried, she didn’t gain weight- it was bad. We diligently went to doctor after doctor seeking an answer. We had an upper GI series done (which was worse than the vomiting!), x-rays, ultrasounds, allergy testing and more. Nothing was found. She was perfectly healthy and yet she wasn’t. We had no answers yet the vomiting continued.
So we turned to alternative ideas- homeopathy, cranio-sacral therapy and looking at food intolerance instead of food allergy. As I understand it most allergy docs test for certain allergy antibodies-IGE- that are the indicators of a “true allergy” ie. you could get an anaphylatic reaction. But, there is a school of thought that some GI docs respect that says there are other allergic antibodies-IGG- that don’t get anaphylatic but can still cause reactions like vomiting and exzema and hyperactivity.
My daughter’s test showed several IGG reactions. The allergy docs pooh-poohed the idea of removing those foods from her diet. The GI docs thought maybe it would help but probably not. The alternative community said “pull the foods out and detox her NOW!”.
Well, we said, can’t hurt and might help. We stopped the foods she tested positive for and started using Epsom Salts in her bath. I learned from Dr. Google (and some Moms on Mothering.com’s discussion boards) to use the following recipe:
1 to 2 cups of Epsom Salts
1 to 2 cups of Baking Soda
Soak 20 minutes
Not every day but more than 1 time a week
We’ve been vomit free for 6 months or so. We’ve also noticed that if we slip and let her have the offending foods we see behavioral issues. Luckily an Epsom Salts bath can clear it up. I would not have believe such a simple thing could make such a big difference if I didn’t see it myself. I’m just glad the vomiting stopped and I’m glad we have a reason to take warm baths more frequently.
This website had some additional info in case you want to know how it works.