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wembles

Member Since 28 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Mar 15 2013 12:49 PM
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Topics I've Started

Thoughts On This Study?

06 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

I came across this study today and was surprised with the results, after reading on these boards about the DGP. Any thoughts?

http://www.ncbi.nlm....pubmed/22722680

20 Month Old...starting Diagnostic Process

28 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

Hi everyone,
I'm new to posting here, but have spent many an hour reading through posts :)

My youngest son is 20 months old. He is very small-not on the growth charts, which actually doesn't bother me; but what does concern me is that he has not grown, either height or weight, in almost 9 months. At our recent well visit, the doctor offered to bring him back every 2 weeks for weight checks...I declined. If he hasn't gained in 9 months, I think bringing him back in 2 weeks is a waste of time. I pushed for a referral, and got one to a nutrition clinic.

I have suspected celiac runs in my family for awhile--my mom had her gallbladder removed, IBS, migraines, osteopenia, and the beginnings of arthritis. Her sisters both have multiple children with thyroid disease. "Bad teeth" run in my family (including me). Other, in either myself, parents, or brother: chronic constipation, inability to gain weight, canker sores, GERD (and barrett's esophagus), high cholesterol.

As far as my son: eczema, no growth, has never slept through the night, intermittent constipation and pale stools, irritable.

The nutrition clinic ran the following tests. The PA called us with the following results today:
CBC (normal)
Comp. Metabolic Panel: normal
Thyroid Stim. Hormone: normal
T4: normal
Endomysial AB, S (IGA): negative
TTG IGA: negative
Iron and Irn bind Cap Panel: unsure...she didn't mention this on the phone
Ferritin: 11.7 (she said it should be at 30 and this indicated iron deficiency)
Sed Rate: unsure
Vitamin D: will get results from this on Monday

The deficiencies were blamed on me for continuing to nurse (I still nurse him 2-3 times per day), which I think is bogus. We kept a diet log for 4 days, showing that he eats like a horse...way more than recommended serving size for a toddler. We eat meat at least once per day, fruits and vegetables at every meal, yogurt and cheese, and very few processed foods. We also eat a lot of whole grains. The PA's recs were:
1. Cut water intake to 4-6 oz. per day. (for the record, I think this is crazy).
2. Increase cow's milk intake to 16-24 oz. per day. (he hates milk. but, he eats almost 3/4 cup yogurt for breakfast everyday, plus cheese and other sources of calcium throughout the day).
3. Take Flintstones vitamin and Ferisol (1/2 ml 2x/day)
4. Supplement vitamin D (she will call with rec on Monday, following the results.)
5. Offer Carnation Instant breakfast, fortify food with mayo, sweetened condensed milk, cream, etc.

I guess I am just frustrated because my concerns were NOT that he isn't taking in enough calories (he is taking in MORE than enough), but I am still told to supplement calories! And, won't increasing milk intake make it difficult to absorb iron? Also, I know the blood tests for celiac aren't always accurate in young children, but do you think I should pursue further testing or just wait it out?

I know this is long. I do appreciate any thoughts/input/or just commiseration :)