Behavioral Issues With 4 Year Old Celiac
Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:30 AM
PS- He will have an autism/behavior evaulation in December because of his speech and behavior issues(but shows no signs of autism other then speech delay-no stimming, he has eye contact, lovey-when he wants to be, plays well with kids, and speaks 3-4 word sentences just doesn't understand how to keep or start a converstaion it is mostly "I dont want to go to the park" or "I want a juice box"
**paranoid and never known of celiac before his diagnosis ... Thank you!
Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:52 PM
I can't tell you if his problems are completely related to Celiac Disease, but can confirm they could be.
Couple thoughts regarding Jack:
- Is it possible he is getting minute amounts of gluten in school?
- Have you removed all gluten from your home? It is possible to have a shared kitchen, but a very high level of care is needed.
- Any pets? Most dry pet foods contain gluten.
- He is still healing - many of us become very grumpy during the early days and when we are glutened.
- Is there a Celiac Support Group near you - some cities have separate groups for kids.
- Have you been tested for Celiac Disease - it is genetically linked.
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Undiagnosed Celiac Disease ~ 43 years
3/26/09 gluten-free - dignosed celiac - blood 3/3/09, biopsy 3/26/09, double DQ2 / single DQ8 positive
10/25/13 - MCAD
Health history since celiac diagnosis became too long -- moved to the "about me" section of my profile
My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free
Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:18 AM
My 10 year old son most likely has mild Aspergers (we haven't pusued a complete diagnosis) and has some of the behaviours you describe. When he was a toddler it was fairly easy to have the boy who was happy to sit and line up cans of food but as he got older we noticed how he talked at us rather than with us.
He was a serious little fellow too and did not tolerate irritants well.
That being said, my 10 year old had many of the same symptoms that I remembered having when I was a child. I had him tested, along with my other two boys, and they all had negative tests. We changed them to a gluten-free diet anyways and have seen some improvements over the last month. My son is less sensitive and able to control his emotions a bit better. He also has approached family friends, who he had previously never spoken to, and is able to participate in group work and play for much longer periods of time than he did previously. He is still less socially adept than his 8 year old brother, but it's improved.
He also is cutting dairy out of his life. Many kids with autism have a leaky gut and have issues with gluten, the casein in millk, and soy. We're slowly working towards cutting out all that... with him, a slow change works better than an abrupt one. Removing milk and soy could help your boy. Improving gut health by adding probiotics and making sure he does not have too much yeast in his system could help too.
Jenny McCarthy's book about her son's autism struggles have some good tips. In fact it was her book that made me see my oldest son's behaviours could be liked to autism. There are quite a few cookbooks on a Gluten-free Casein-free diet for autism and ADHD out there that could be helpful.
My 5 year old also had a huge improvement in his bathroom habits. He had a bowel movement about 8 or so times a day, often during a meal. He now goes just twice a day and it is much more consistantly formed.
Best wishes to you and your son.
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