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  1. My 9 year old son has had horrible night terrors (or nightmares, the jury is out on this one) for most of his life. Since going gluten-free three months ago, the night terrors have disappeared and his sleep is much less restless. However, he still wakes up throughout the night and will not be alone. I think that years of nightmares have caused a lot of residual anxiety. I hope things improve for your daughter!
  2. My nine-year old son has been gluten-free (and mostly cf) for 10 weeks due to a suspected intolerence -- he tested negative for Celiac. His symptoms are numerous: history of diarrhea/constipation, anxiety with panic attacks, ADD, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, tics, depression. Since going gluten free his sleep has been sounder between wakings, panic attacks disappeared and anxiety/depression is much improved. Two days ago he had his first obvious "glutening" -- lots of movie theater popcorn. Since then, he has tossed and turned constantly in his sleep, has had a panic attack, and has screamed in terror after hearing voices in his bed. Has anyone heard of gluten causing auditory hallucinations like this? Any idea when things might return to the status quo? As bad as I feel for my son, the magnitude of his reaction to this gluten infraction makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing for him. (Haven't felt that way very often lately!)
  3. Carrie, I'm wondering if you've seen any improvement in your sleep since you last posted. My son, who has sleep problems, is on day 10 of a Gluten-free Casein-free diet. I know results take a while, but it's hard to be patient! Kathy
  4. Gluten Freedom, Unfortunately, I have no advice to provide, but I wanted to let you know that your situation sounds very familiar to me! My son, who is now 8 years old, sounds like your son. He was a perfect, happy baby. Never cried, only smiled. When he was around 2 years old, he began to have horrible night terrors. He turned out to be very negative and irritable, and is prone to anxiety and sadness. (Though also very sweet, in a cranky sort of way.) At the age of 5, he was diagnosed with Tourettes syndrome. The night terrors have become so constant that we're at our wits' end. The lack of sleep amplifies his other symptoms. We've tried counseling and supplements, to no avail. Finally tried Clonidine, which seemed to make things worse. I'm having him tested for gluten intolerance next, in the hopes that this will help. He does have a history of intestinal issues, which I stupidly never linked to gluten. I wish you good luck and hope that the clouds have lifted a bit for you since you posted this message ...