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Krystens mummy

Frustrated With My 9 Month Old Daughters Test Results

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I hope someone out there can give me more of an understanding about the relevence of celiac blood test results. My nine month old daughter has had atopic eczema since we introduced wheat and gluten. she also flared up when we gave her food with thickeners in it. She has had some weight loss that the doctors are not too concerned about but also used to poo six times a day and they were a bit on the mushy side. She was always an irritable child and also had a type of itchy eczema that came up on her tummy that looked like chickenpox. We pulled all of the gluten out of her diet and the results are remarkable. She poos only once or twice a day now, they are a lot more solid she is happier within herself and the eczema is gone. We took her to a paediatrician who took some blood and the tests came back negative I am so frustrated I just want to know whats going on. We also tried her on wheat free rye bread and there was still a reaction so it's definately not just a wheat allergy.

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Test results can be unreliable in babies and young children, simply because of their immature immune system. You have a positive response to removing gluten from the diet. At this age - that's good enough for now. So many choices - sweet potatoe, potatoe, rice, carrots, chicken blended in the blender. I never fed my kids dairy or wheat until they were older....so I have no experience with babies reacting to food. They got sick as older children.

You dont need permission or a test result to go gluten free.

Give your baby what makes her have normal poops ;)

Sandy

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As previously mentioned, those blood tests are extremely unreliable in children under six, and especially in babies. The best test is the diet response. You know that gluten is making her sick, so just don't give it to her, and you'll have a happy, healthy baby!

I also wouldn't give her any dairy for a long time yet, and the same goes for soy.

Eczema is ALWAYS caused by food intolerances. If it cleared up on a gluten-free diet, and her poops went to normal, you definitely have your answer. You don't need a doctor's permission to change your own child's diet, especially because the gluten-free diet is a perfectly safe, healthy diet.

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agreed with everyone, celiac testing is extremely unreliable. I also dont feed my babies any of the top allergens (wheat,dairy, soy, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts or treenuts) before one. The last 4 i listed my kiddos allergist recommends waiting until 3. You might consider allergy testing, i've seen many kiddos that are allergic to wheat, rye and barley, but not oats. Do you or your husband have celiac? I was just wondering what makes you suspect celiac in a 9 month old. When my almost 3 year old developed symptoms i thought it was a peanut allergy, because she always got sick after i fed her peanut butter sandwiches. Turned out to be celiac. On my 9 month old my 3 year olds gi dr told me to introduce gluten at 12 months, we will blood test him at 18 months, and if it comes back negative we will retest anytime i feel like he has symptoms. my dr told me that with out a doubt my 9 month olds test would come back negative if we did it right now. you need atleast 6 months of eating gluten in such a little one. Hope that helps, good luck, dont be frustrated, your the mom and like everyone says, you can make her gluten free if you want!

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