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How Long After Diagnosis Did Your Child Start Gaining Weight?
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My 3 year old son was diagnosed six months ago. Since then, we have kept him on a gluten-free diet and he still has not gained any weight or grown in height. I am starting to worry as the GI told us it would take around 2-3 months of eating gluten-free and he would start gaining weight.

We have scheduled a follow up appt with his pediatrician to do some more bloodwork. I am wondering how long it took for your kids to start gaining weight - after the diagnosis?

Also, did any of you find success with growth hormones or supplements? I don't know anything about these and I'm wondering why the dr's have not recommended them. My son - now almost 4 in a few months - is 30 pounds.

Thanks in advance for any insight you may have.

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Daughter was 10.5 when she was diagnosed and started gaining weight again within a month I think she had put on 6 pounds. She is still pretty slim but within normal for her age and height. The pediatrician tells me that kids are heavier in general now, so normal looks thinner. My daughter has always been super tall, but I am 5' 9 and her dad is 6' 4" so that is to be expected.

gluten-free is pretty tricky in the beginning I had a head start since my nephew had celiac for a couple of years before we found out my daughter had it too. Is your son better in other ways? I think the healing is different for everyone.

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My son was dx at 13 months old. He was at 0% on his growth curve. Six months after he was dx he was still on the same curve, slightly above 0%. He is now almost 3 years old. His weight gain has picked up slightly. He's now weighs 28 pounds. I'm not sure where that will be on his growth curve. His check up is next month. He never had a growth spurt. He never outgrew shoes and clothes in a few months. He never had the amazing turn around that so many kids do. I remember feeling soooooo frustrated. I searched the forum for some stories like mine and all I could find were parents in awe at how fast their kid was "catching-up." It makes it even harder when you're being told that your child must still be getting gluten. I made my kitchen completely gluten free. I researched tooth-paste, shampoos, wouldn't let him near the catfood, never let him eat food from anywhere but home. . . It is a learning process and you probably will make some mistakes but don't be hard on yourself.

How are your son's BM's? Were they abnormal prior to being dx? Was he dx by labs or by biopsy?

I feel that probiotics really help my son's digestion. He still gets probiotics pretty much every day.

If absorption of nutrients is a problem then some supplements my be helpful. My son is lactose intolerant so he get Calcium and Vit D supplements.

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My son was dx at 13 months old. He was at 0% on his growth curve. Six months after he was dx he was still on the same curve, slightly above 0%. He is now almost 3 years old. His weight gain has picked up slightly. He's now weighs 28 pounds. I'm not sure where that will be on his growth curve. His check up is next month. He never had a growth spurt. He never outgrew shoes and clothes in a few months. He never had the amazing turn around that so many kids do. I remember feeling soooooo frustrated. I searched the forum for some stories like mine and all I could find were parents in awe at how fast their kid was "catching-up." It makes it even harder when you're being told that your child must still be getting gluten. I made my kitchen completely gluten free. I researched tooth-paste, shampoos, wouldn't let him near the catfood, never let him eat food from anywhere but home. . . It is a learning process and you probably will make some mistakes but don't be hard on yourself.

How are your son's BM's? Were they abnormal prior to being dx? Was he dx by labs or by biopsy?

I feel that probiotics really help my son's digestion. He still gets probiotics pretty much every day.

If absorption of nutrients is a problem then some supplements my be helpful. My son is lactose intolerant so he get Calcium and Vit D supplements.

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Thanks everyone for your feedback. My son was diagnosed by biopsy. It is frustrating that my son is not growing when we thought he would "catch up" in a few months. I know everyone is different, but I am sad that he is so tiny and may be the tiniest one in his class for a while.

We are going to the nutritionist at children's hospital next week and she will make sure we are doing the "right thing" at home - no cross contamination, etc. I have been careful so far, but I wouldn't be surprised if we were also making some mistakes. We do not have a 100% gluten free home, since my husband and others in our house sometimes eat gluten. I wonder if we have to ban it altogether?

His BM's are much better after we went gluten-free. That's why we thought we were doing okay. He is much better in other ways - eczema improved, better mood, etc. Just not growing!

Good tip about the probiotics - I just talked to a friend and she gives her child Benecalorie, which is a gluten free calorie supplement. I just ordered some and hope that will add some weight.

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My son was diagnosed at 3 and was at the 5% for height and weight. He did gain some weight in the six months following, but he is still close to the 5%. He is about 29 lbs. The GI doctor thought that he may just be small, as my husband and I are both short, and that he is therefore just following his genetic destiny versus having an additional disorder. He has gained a few inches, but again, still seems to be on his curve. I think the problem comes if he is continuing to drop further below the curve.

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My kiddo took about a year to be really back on track with growth. I think it's a misnomer that they start sprouting up right away with the diet. It takes a while for all that other stuff to heal. My daughter was diagnosed at 9. She was never below the 50th percentile for height or weight--but she was definitely not growing as well as she should have been. I didn't see a really good growth spurt in her until she was about 10 1/2. Then it was like growing mad-town. She went from 4'8" to 5'1" in about 10 months! and is in the 50th percentile for weight and 95th percentile for height, and that is fine by me!

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I know this is an older post, but I was wondering about the Benecalorie. Has anyone had any luck with it for weight gain, or with PediaSure? My son is 9 months post diagnosis and not gaining as the dr, and I would like!

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Thanks everyone for your feedback. My son was diagnosed by biopsy. It is frustrating that my son is not growing when we thought he would "catch up" in a few months. I know everyone is different, but I am sad that he is so tiny and may be the tiniest one in his class for a while.

We are going to the nutritionist at children's hospital next week and she will make sure we are doing the "right thing" at home - no cross contamination, etc. I have been careful so far, but I wouldn't be surprised if we were also making some mistakes. We do not have a 100% gluten free home, since my husband and others in our house sometimes eat gluten. I wonder if we have to ban it altogether?

His BM's are much better after we went gluten-free. That's why we thought we were doing okay. He is much better in other ways - eczema improved, better mood, etc. Just not growing!

Good tip about the probiotics - I just talked to a friend and she gives her child Benecalorie, which is a gluten free calorie supplement. I just ordered some and hope that will add some weight.

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My son was only 41 pounds when he was diagnosed at age 8. He is now 10 and weighs 57 pounds. He gained weight very quickly at first and we were thrilled. He hasn't gained any weight for a few months now. He is still small for his age but it's not so painfully obvious now.

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