My three year old son has had digestive issues since he started solid food at 6 months. He was horribly constipated, sometimes for more than a week or two (before he was prescribed miralax). He cried every time he went to the bathroom and he would push and push until a huge ball of poop would come out (size of a softball at least) from his little body. Then he would shake and cry and recover from the pain of it. This was a daily occurrence. He also had iron deficiency anemia and he is missing enamel on his teeth which is causing a bunch of dental issues. He would also throw these tantrums that had no rhyme or reason, and it seemed like he wanted to stop and couldn't. Our doctor was very unhelpful, so we just started researching things on our own. We started a gluten-free diet about 6 months ago. From about 2 days in, we could see a huge difference! His constipation went away and we were able to wean him from the daily adult dose of miralax that he had been on since he was 6 months old. He is no longer anemic. His tantrums stopped. We are so thankful! However, I know this means he can't get an accurate diagnosis. I do not think I can put him through a gluten challenge. He got glutened from some cross contamination recently. He was sick for 6 days. All he did all day was cry and then fall asleep. He was horribly constipated for the first three days, and then had terrible diarrhea for the next three. It was awful. I actually think a gluten challenge would kill him! I can't imagine him actually eating a piece of bread or something! My one year old had all the same symptoms when she first ate gluten, so she is also gluten free. She has no symptoms at all since we started the diet. I guess I need to hear that it is okay to have them undiagnosed. Or alternatives to a gluten challenge. We have switched peds a few times to try to find someone who will help us, but they all have little to no experience with it. Please help me in any way you can. We are happy gluten-free, but I don't want to overlook something by not having them diagnosed and monitored. Thank you for reading this loooong post!
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22 Mar 2013 - 20:56