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Does Your Chlid Get A Fever With Gluten Exposure?


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#1 L's Mom

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 06:56 PM

Hi there, My nearly 2.5 yo has Celiac. She was diagnosed about a year ago. After 9mo of gluten-free she finally tested clean via her blood draw, and I assume she has remained clean in the months since as I. This week she had the flu (fever for two days, vomiting one night, diarrhea, irritable). The fever was very high (up to 103.9) and the diarrhea and gas smelled horrible, reminiscent of her pre-diagnosis bowel movements (sorry for the TMI). As of last night, her fever is gone. Her BMs are still very loose but not super liquidy as they had been the day before. She ate well last night and okay today. She refused dinner this evening and then asked for it later. After one bite, she threw everything up (the way she had in the week before her celiac diagnosis - as if she was emptying from her toes...). Is this just the flu or could this be gluten exposure? She has not thrown up once in the nearly a year since we brought her home from the hospital stay during which she was diagnosed. I know my GI doctor said that I will forever blame every GI issue on gluten but I'm just curious. I was also nauseous this week (tho no symptoms other than feeling nauseated). I assumed she just had a more severe case but then watching her throw-up tonight has me wondering. Any insight is appreciated (even just that you think it's a child case of the flu). Thanks, Kristen (I should add that I cook 95% of what she eats and mostly from scratch or certified gluten-free ingredients. We do have one-off meals out but only places where I have researched to be good and/or have home tested the product. Today, however, I let her have half a scoop of ice cream in a cup. The ice cream is gluten-free ingredient-wise and they used a brand new plastic spoon to scoop it. I guess CC is possible still via the scooper from previous scooping but that seems really severe and I pray that is not the case...) Thoughts?
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 05:27 AM

For whatever reason my son spikes a HIGH temp, 104+ if he gets into gluten. Before we took gluten out of his diet, he was *always* sick. Now my son had low IgA levels, so that could have something to do with the temps. Back in March he got into gluten *twice* and *both* times he had a high temp, couldn't tolerate his feeds (he is 100% g-tube fed for numerous GI reasons) and was just *miserable*. Neither my DH or I was sick and the only thing that changed was an 8yr old that thought the gluten looked way too good to pass up :(
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Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:02 AM

I have no idea but the stomach flu that we call " the Puke virus" is all over the place here. It seems everyone has had it. It may just be that!
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:39 AM

Thank you. I'm hoping it was just a GI bug... maybe she just gets is longer and worse than most. She seems a bit better today so hopefully we are on the mend.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 07:55 PM

Thank you. I'm hoping it was just a GI bug... maybe she just gets is longer and worse than most. She seems a bit better today so hopefully we are on the mend.


When my son was young, he would get a high fever and swollen glands if he ate a lot of wheat, meaning three or more meals with wheat (he's gluten-sensitive, not allergic).
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