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Gardening

Member Since 28 Jul 2010
Offline Last Active Jun 01 2011 09:28 AM
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#635943 When My Child First Went Gluten-Free, I Noticed _______

Posted by Gardening on 31 August 2010 - 06:06 AM

My 2 year old has been gluten free for one week. I have not seen any changes yet. I know one week is not much, but I was so hoping for a magic bullet...

When did you first notice changes/improvements?
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#635466 Confused About Test Results

Posted by Gardening on 29 August 2010 - 04:35 AM

Another possibility is that you are IgA deficient, and so you would otherwise spike a much higher number on Enterolab, but you don't make enough IgA.

This is rare, but this is the reason a blood celiac panel includes Total IgA as one of the tests, to make sure the other tests (IgA tissues transglutamase, etc) are valid.

I think it's worthwhile to try a completely gluten-free diet (it could take 3-6 months to see results).
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#635300 Help Understanding Celiac Panel Results For 1Yr Old Daughter

Posted by Gardening on 28 August 2010 - 07:09 AM

There is a different reference range, because adults produce more IGA than young children.

If her total IGA is below the range, then yes, she is IGA deficient.

My 4 year old has a total IGA of 21, but her age-adjusted range starts at 27. Her pediatric GI considers her to be IGA deficient, and therefore the celiac panel is not a valid test for her. It's true that they can run some IGG tests, but it is not that accurate for celiac.

Honestly, I think it's time to take her to a GI (preferably one who specializes in children). Failure to Thrive is a good enough reason on its own, but especially with the constipation. My experience is that too many pediatricians try to handle big problems on their own, without referring to specialists, but many issues are really outside of the scope of their expertise.

I would not try a gluten-free diet without first seeing a GI, and seeing if they want to scope her.
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#634618 Red Blood This Morning, Went To The Ped.

Posted by Gardening on 25 August 2010 - 12:39 PM

Good for you! I totally gave up on my ped. I hope you get an appt soon. Make sure you tell the receptionist he is having black stools and there has been visible blood in his stool. If there have been any weight gain issues, mention that too.

And if it's still a while before your appt, ask if they have a last minute cancellation waitlist, or if you can periodically call to see if anyone has cancelled.
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#631425 Brainstorming, Help Me Sort Through Potential Clues

Posted by Gardening on 13 August 2010 - 10:30 AM

With the clumps of hair faling out post-partum (more so than previous pregnancies) you should get your thyroid checked, too.
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