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Lynn - my oldest's primary symptom wasw chronic constipation, too. He suffered terribly for years, until he went gluten-free. We put him on a gluten-free diet because of behaviour and learning concerns (and because my father and I are celiac). Even we were shocked at the change in his behaviour, his learning gains, the elimination of the constipation problem, and the fact that his "alligator skin" cleared up after 3 months. He was also extremely skinny - we had to search high and low for slim fit pants. Now, he's a healthy, hefty 5'9" at age 12. He gets a typical gluten rash when he gets into any gluten.
We just put our youngest on a gluten-free diet a few months ago, out of desperation. Despite my own research, I hadn't realized that migraine headaches and gluten had a connection. Our 8yo had daily migraines, sometimes for 3 weeks at a time. His school was getting very concerned. Two weeks into the gluten-free diet, and his migraines all but disappeared.
I have to admit that I allow my kids more leeway than I allow myself, and occasionally let them eat things that I susect might have gluten (such as asian food with a bit of soy sauce). I know I shouldn't.
Our family doctor was little help in all of this. When I told him I suspected the oldest DS was celiac, he said, "oh it's so hard for kids to grow up gluten-free. Don't worry about it - you grew up fine." I was astonished and angry, but later realized that he just didn't know what he was talking about.