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  1. Thank you all so much! I found a pediatric GI in our area but before I make an appointment, I'm going to have him do the gluten challenge. I don't really want to do it, but if that's the only way to get him properly diagnosed then so be it.
  2. I do want to get the genetic test done on the off chance he doesn't have the gene for it then we can investigate other possibilities rather than going on and doing other celiac related testing. About how long do children usually need to do the gluten challenge?
  3. Thank you!! My only question is, wouldn't he be too young right now for something like a biopsy? I remember reading something about getting the blood tests done first in children before deciding on an endoscopy.
  4. I know there can be variations in recovery times, but thank you for answering my question! His little arms and legs are like sticks and like I said, he's just so tiny! I hope he catches up soon. The good thing is, we have a better chance of getting him diagnosed early so it won't affect his growth in the long run like it did mine.
  5. He's been gluten free for just a few months. I've kept him on a gluten free diet because the few times we slipped up (sneaking bites of his brother's gluten containing food), he went back to having painful stools with rectal bleeding. Honestly, it was so horrible seeing him in so much pain that I just decided to stick with the gluten free diet. I know he does need to get tested but because I'm not familiar with testing at such a young age, I don't know how he can be tested and when. I was diagnosed via biopsy only so I'm unfamiliar with what blood tests are used. What tests can he get and what type of doctor should he see? A pediatric gastroenterologist?
  6. I posted this in another section but got no responses despite many views so I'm posting it here. I suspect my 15 month old has Celiac like I do. After months of barely growing, falling off the chart in weight, sandy stools, frequent BM, and rectal bleeding, I decided to put him on a trial gluten free diet. I saw an improvement in his symptoms in just a few days and over time, he started putting on a little weight so I've kept him gluten free (he's been gluten-free for a few months now). The thing is, he's still small for his age. Everyone thinks he's only 8 or 9 months old and are even surprised he can walk. He weighs 19 pounds (6th percentile) and is 29 inches tall (2nd percentile). I'm even still breastfeeding him in hopes it will help his growth. I know children tend to recover more quickly than adults but how long can I reasonably expect him to "catch up" in growth after going gluten free? *note: yes I do plan on speaking with his pediatrician about this at his appointment in a couple of weeks. I just wanted to hear what others with experience thought about it.
  7. I suspect my 15 month old has Celiac like I do. After months of barely growing, falling off the chart in weight, sandy stools, frequent BM, and rectal bleeding, I decided to put him on a trial gluten free diet. I saw an improvement in his symptoms in just a few days and over time, he started putting on a little weight so I've kept him gluten free (he's been gluten-free for a few months now). The thing is, he's still small for his age. Everyone thinks he's only 8 or 9 months old and are even surprised he can walk. He weighs 19 pounds (6th percentile) and is 29 inches tall (2nd percentile). I'm even still breastfeeding him in hopes it will help his growth. I know children tend to recover more quickly than adults but how long can I reasonably expect him to "catch up" in growth after going gluten free? *note: yes I do plan on speaking with his pediatrician about this at his appointment in a couple of weeks. I just wanted to hear what others with experience thought about it.
  8. I really don't think it was a glutening incident. I almost always make my own food and when I don't I'm very careful about what I eat. I'm still not entirely sure if it's a dh rash or not. I may go to the derm if it doesn't go away. I'll look into the low iodine diet. Thanks.
  9. I've been gluten free for over 5 years. Recently I've been getting what I think is a DH rash on my elbows. I used to get the same thing before going gluten-free but it cleared up...until now. My elbows have these tiny little red, terribly itchy bumps on them. I've had it for a couple of weeks. Could this be dh? Why would I be getting the rash now if I've been gluten-free for so long?
  10. I recently discovered corn is making me sick :/ I'm currently breastfeeding and trying for baby #2 and have noticed my prenatal vitamins contain corn starch (women's one a day). I've tried looking online for ones without any corn or corn derivatives and that are gluten-free. No luck other than these ones called Garden of Life Raw BUT they contain onion juice and I'm allergic to onions...ugh! Anyone know of corn free and gluten free prenatal vitamins?
  11. Thanks. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one who has experienced this. I used to not be sensitive until recently. I had some shredded cheese last week and ended up with the worst mood swings. Turns out it contained corn starch. Why they would put that in cheese I just don't understand. I definitely have to stay away from popcorn, corn starch, whole corn, and corn tortillas. It sucks that corn is in practically EVERYTHING these days.
  12. Thank you. I hate the thought of never eating corn again because I LOVE tortilla chips and tacos. Sometimes I feel like one day I'm going to wake up and find that I can't eat anything at all because everything makes me sick! Going corn free will be tough. I wonder what it is about gluten that can cause mood swings? It seems like gluten can wreak havoc on just about anything in someone with celiac disease.
  13. Well I know that my celiac is the source of my mood swings (and nothing else) because as soon as I eat any gluten or corn, my emotions go haywire. It just sucks that it happens, especially when I accidentally get "glutened" then I know I'm going to have a rough time.
  14. I've been gluten-free for 5 years (dx'd celiac disease 2008) and around four or five months ago I noticed my digestive symptoms and other issues coming back. I have difficulty absorbing Vitamin B and there have been times when I had irritability related to it if I didn't take my vitamin each day. Well lately I've been having the worst mood swings. I can go from sad to having a raging temper in the blink of an eye. I thought it was just the stress from having a high needs baby, but I realized it was food related. Every time I eat corn or anything containing corn derivatives (like corn starch) my emotions and temper get out of control. As long as I stay on a strict gluten-free and CF diet, I'm fine and my emotions/temper stay in check. I hate that I get these mood swings because even though I know I'm being irrational, I can't help it and don't know what to do. I feel terribly guilty about it, especially when I take it out on loved ones. Has anyone else experienced this?
  15. I've been thinking it might be the gluten-free oats since I started eating them for breakfast. It's been almost a week since I've had any but my symptoms haven't gone away yet. Yesterday I ate some corn tortilla chips (same ones I've always eaten) and I felt awful afterward. I had bad pain under my ribs in my back and stomach cramps. I'm thinking I could also be reacting to corn as well. The problem is I have no idea how long I need to eliminate these foods from my diet before my symptoms will disappear. When I went gluten-free it took a few months after 10+ years of being sick before feeling normal again. I'm hoping my food diary will help me figure things out.