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Posted 27 January 2004 - 05:18 PM
Posted 27 January 2004 - 06:09 PM
My 8 year old daughter has Celiac and has had it all of her life, she has always complained of abdominal pain. We both have been gluten-free since September and at first it was very hard because she is a picky eater too and would cheat while at school. She finally realized what was causing her pain, so she doesn't fight me on the diet anymore thank goodness.
It may seem overwhelming now but I promise it WILL get easier and when your little one begins to feel better it will ALL be worth it!
Posted 27 January 2004 - 06:30 PM
Welcome to the board! It's nice to have you here!
As difficult as it is right now, it sounds like you're on the right track as far as improving your daughter's health is concerned. As you may already know, milk protein sensitivity is fairly common among celiacs--although it certainly doesn't make the diet any easier! I and my two children are sensitive to both gluten and casein, so I understand the difficulties all too well! It's actually harder on us parents, though, because the kids are young enough that they won't remember what they're missing. Their food will probably be more nutritious than what we ate as children, yet equally tasty--and they can even indulge in some gluten-free/CF junk food now and then. They'll find their own comfort foods, too. The adjustment process that you're going through takes time and patience, but you will get through it--and your daughter's improved health will be the reward that makes it all worth it! Good luck to both of you!
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
Posted 01 February 2004 - 01:29 PM
I'm thinking lately that it is much harder on the adults to learn to deal with this diet, than on the kids, because we are responsible for so much of the choosing and preparing of foods, not to mention that some people have a hard time accepting that they or their child might be different from the general population.
I told my husband last week, "No one has ever accused me of being normal!" and though I was joking, it is true. Having Celiac since age 8 (that's 51 years now) has created one unique set of personality traits, and those include perseverance, stamina, determination, and individuality. Now that I have a new grandson who has been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity and allergies to milk and dairy, I can see the value of all the years of learning about Celiac. Now I can be a guide to him, and to any other family member who finds they have these sensitivites as well. Life is good and getting better!
Your child will be so much healthier for your having learned what the reasons are for her health problems. How opportune that other family members will also be on the same diet. Have you considered that you may also be gluten sensitive (Celiac is a genetic condition)? The more the merrier on this diet, I say. I want you to know that my heart goes out to you and your family as you learn more each day.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:11 AM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 02:01 PM
I believe acid reflux is associated with celiac disease. I know a one-year-old who had reflux trouble as a newborn, and now he has eczema and a distended stomach.... I have suggested celiac disease testing to his father, but I have no idea whether it will ever be done. I think it would be a very good idea to have your other children tested, since celiac disease is genetic and can be exceptionally subtle and hard to diagnose. Why wait until their intestines are damaged enough to produce "classic" symptoms? Find out now, so you can prevent future illness! Good luck to you and all of your children, especially Lilianna as she undergoes the biopsy!
gluten-free since November 1, 2003
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