I Need Help
Posted 06 October 2004 - 05:46 AM
Posted 06 October 2004 - 06:01 AM
Posted 06 October 2004 - 07:23 AM
We might have been able to diagnose our son at 15 months if I or the doctor we were seeing at the time had any clue about Celiac disease. The telltale symptoms, for my son, at that age were:
loss of weight and height (went from being in the 80% to the 15%)
frequent loose stools (I thought it was from lactose intolerance)
bloated belly (thought IT was from gas from lactose intolerance)
clingy, whiny moody behavior (would wake up from afternoon naps VERY upset)
For more of my story, you can read the post I have over at Braintalk.
It is possible to detect an intolerance to gluten at that age... as I have encountered many who have. Whether or not they are successful at finding the patch in the small intestines that has the damage and give you a diagnosis of Celiac disease is unsure. From what I understand the damage can be patchy and not visible to the naked eye, therefore it can easily be missed in an endoscopy/biopsy.
I would recommend having your other children tested via the blood work. Elevated IgG would indicate a gluten intolerance... elevated IgA with IgG would indicate that there is possible damage from the gluten intolerance and possible celiac disease.
Going out to eat is a risky venture... specially when you have a little one who can't tell you whether or not they've been 'glutenned.' My son is 4 years old now, and we try to only go to restaurants that we know to have gluten-free stuff... we ask at our favorite establishments and then determine from there... it's tough... the chance of cross-contamination is high... the price you pay for eating out.
My best advice for you is to NOT to try to just replace gluten stuff with non-gluten stuff. Try to make a diet change into whole natural foods. It will be better for your whole family. Fixing dinners that are not from a box or can is better anyways. Crockpot cooking is great. There are tons of things that can be done with chicken, and beef in a crockpot that is gluten free. Remember, potaotes and rice are still in, along with fruits and veggies! The only thing that is good looking for a suitable replacement for is pasta. The things that are nice for replacing for occasional treats, is cookies, cakes and such.
I wish you luck and if you have any questions and concerns, just post 'em! There are tons of moms, dads and families on these boards who are happy to offer up their advice and opinions.
(Personal disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor, nor do I play one on t.v.! I am just a mother of a gluten intolerant child who has read and chatted with others in the same boat. Please feel free to challenge me or point me towards any research and information, I'm always searching!)
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SAHM to 3 beautiful boys and one adorable girl
Kyle - 6
Matthew - 4 (Gluten Free since 11/03)
Andrew - 2 (Gluten Free since 7/04)
Abigail - 7 months (staying gluten-free until ?)
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