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Member Since 08 May 2008
Offline Last Active Oct 28 2012 11:24 AM

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In Topic: I Don't Know What To Expect

08 July 2010 - 09:00 AM

I know its scary right now, but take some comfort that you are working to find out what is wrong. The GI will likely order blood tests and maybe a biopsy. Although not everyone chooses to go ahead with the biopsy, we did just to make sure there was nothing else going on. Also realize that tests in a child this young may come out as a false negative. In that case you can try going gluten free to see if it helps.

If you do go gluten free this website is a great resource as is your local celiac chapter. Also realize that it does get much easier and that you would have caught this early and before alot of damage was done.

Good luck and I hope you get some answers soon.

In Topic: My Poor Son's Teeth

06 July 2010 - 09:11 AM

We had the same issue with our daughter. At age 6 she had to have caps put on her back teeth and another pulled with a spacer put in as it was absessed. This was before she was diagnosed. We did have it done under sedation by a pediatric dentist and it went great.

Now that she is gluten free she hasn't had a single cavity.

In Topic: Any Good Recipe Books?

28 June 2010 - 01:09 PM

My latest favourite cookbook is Deceptively Delicious. Although not a gluten free book, I have found most receipes work with substituting an all purpose gluten free flour mix. It works with purees and packs everything with lots of nutrition. My daughter loves the brownies, although I haven't told her they have spinich and carrot in them.

In Topic: Canada Celiac Tax Credit?

28 June 2010 - 01:05 PM

I wish it were that simple. You have to claim the incremental cost on your income tax forms as a medical type deduction. In order to get this deduction, your claim will need to be at least a percentage of your income (I think its 3%, but you would need to check this). You need to be able to prove these expenses so keep your reciepts, also a letter confirming your diagnosis is needed if requested.

Personally, we have not spent enough to come close to the lower limit so we haven't bothered claiming it.

In Topic: Excessive Weight Gain Since Starting Diet

19 May 2010 - 09:01 AM

We are going throught pretty much the same thing. My daughter's BMI jumped 3% in 3 months. I would go back to the doctor's and ask for her weight to be followed closely, including tests for cholesterol (my daughter's is elevated even though she is only 9) and as mentioned before, blood sugar, thyroid, and vitamin deficiencies. Doctor's are sometimes reluctant to deal with weight issues unless pushed by the patients, but if he still doesn't recognize that it is an issue, I would find a new doctor.

Ask for suggestions on some good books to read on adding exercise as well as diet involving the whole family. We have also found a pediatric obesity clinic in town; they have a pediatrician, nutritionist (very familiar with celiac), trainer, and physcologist. Ask if they have any studies going on soon to help cover the costs. We are meeting with them today so I will let you know if they have any great suggestions that may help. Your town's YMCA or other facilities may also offer a similar program.

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