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LFitts

Member Since 03 Jan 2013
Offline Last Active Jan 19 2014 05:28 PM
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#879676 At The End Of My Rope.

Posted by LFitts on 16 July 2013 - 09:05 AM

I have a 2.5 year old daughter who has been "high needs" since birth. Early on we discovered she was allergic to dairy and eliminated that from her and my diet (breastfeed, still breastfeeding) Except for a few phases in her life, she usually seems unhappy more often than not. This currently manifests itself in whining, tantrums, extreme clinginess among other things. She also has always been underweight, has severe tooth decay, intermittent mysterious rashes, and sleeps TERRIBLY (at most 2 hours at a time at night, all night) she also constantly wants to nurse. Lately all of this has gotten even worse, and I am starting to get burned out from being her mother. I often feel like I have nothing more to give her, and nothing makes her feel better, or happier. I finally brought her to a recommended naturopathic doctor and he suggested going gluten free for 4 weeks. Does this seem like a reasonable effort to you folks who have gluten intolerant children?

Since our visit to the doctor we have been Gluten-free for 1 week. It seemed like two of those days were slightly better: improved mood and sleeping. However, today I felt so discouraged as it seemed any progress I had been seeing went out the window: An entire day of whining and haven't been able to put her down without a total meltdown. So frustrated. Any help? This is my last ditch effort.

 

 

I have been there and know what you mean. Some days (and occasionally nearly ten years later we still have times like that) I just felt that I had nothing left to give! My celiac daughter was so sick the whole time I was nursing her and I had to go through an elimination diet. I ended up eating no dairy or beef and she got some better, but we were clueless about the wheat connection then. HANG IN THERE! Get on this board when you need some encouragement! My daughter was so sick and fussy that I babied her too much, and by the time she was three we had created a monster. It was hard for us to transition to being "tougher" on her, but it saved our sanity. I figured out around age 2 or 2.5 that she could have a meltdown in her room where I couldn't hear it just as well as she could with me holding her! ha. Sometimes just give yourself a little break from it all. It really won't hurt her to cry it out a bit in her room while you take a shower or whatever you need to do for your own sanity.


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#876051 Mental Health?

Posted by LFitts on 22 June 2013 - 07:16 PM


Anyway....sorry to hijack the thread LFITTS! I hope you guys can figure things out with your daughter. I know being rural can make things so much more difficult. Heck, I'm not rural (though we aren't considered a big city either) but we still have a shortage of decent psych doctors around here.

 

No worries! It's not hijacked - it's shared information!

 

It's been a long week in which my sweet daughter refused two parties, quit gymnastics, worked incessantly in the garden and swam like a fish with her sisters. I didn't fuss, didn't push her to break away from the family. I'm feeling that she needs time at home to be nurtured. My biggest fear is that, when summer ends, she will be so withdrawn that it will be impossible to get her to school. Anyway, we have started a back and forth journal (sort of -- I wrote and now I'm waiting), gotten the names of a couple of recommended doctors, restarted vitamins, and eaten almost exclusively preservative-free real minimally processed foods. Onward and upward.


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#875387 Mental Health?

Posted by LFitts on 19 June 2013 - 04:58 AM

they want to control, and isn't she?  she is getting everything she wants.

She is getting everything she wants.
 How can you tell the difference between a spoiled brat that you've given in to too much, and a sick child that needs additional nurturing in order to feel safe in the world?? This parenting gig is TOUGH.


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#863744 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by LFitts on 16 April 2013 - 11:17 AM

I made a MEATZA. Like pizza, but with seasoned ground beef instead of crust. Bake until cooked, drain off the grease, add toppings and cook until melty. Umm, yeah, nobody really liked this. You have to be a serious carnivore to eat MEATZA and enjoy it. My husband (carnivore) thought it was delicious on a bun -- like a strange hamburger -- but 3/5 of the house did not even want to taste it. Well, it was worth a try I guess.


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#852043 The What's For Dinner Tonight Chat

Posted by LFitts on 03 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

We made some delicious Strawberry cupcakes by modifying the Betty Crocker gluten-free cake mix. I used 1 box of mix, 1 stick of softened butter, some vanilla, a 10 oz container of strawberry Greek yogurt, about 1/3 packet of strawberry jello, 3 eggs, and about 1/4 cup or a little more of chopped fresh strawberries.
For the frosting, I used two sticks of butter and 1 pound of powdered sugar and about 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries. They were so good!
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#849041 Daughter Dxd Dh Celiac, Went gluten-free, But Dh Persists

Posted by LFitts on 17 January 2013 - 06:39 PM

My 9 year old daughter has had this horrible DH rash for 5 years. After 6 weeks gluten free with drastically reduced iodine, it looks totally clear today! I know it could flare up at any moment, but I'm thankful for today.
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#847847 When My Child First Went Gluten-Free, I Noticed _______

Posted by LFitts on 10 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

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?


We've only been gluten free for about 4 weeks, but the first thing I noticed is FINGERNAILS! She has always had very brittle nails that don't grow, just crumble off. I looked at her the other day and realized that she has healthy fingernails! It feels like a victory.
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