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Could This Be A Gluten Reaction?

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My 10yo daughter came in not too long ago complaining of severe cramping. Cramping to the extent of tears. She has issues with not pooping enough so I asked if it could be that. I wasn't even thinking of food because I thought we were pretty good about avoiding gluten and dairy. Then my 14yo said something about us eating baked oatmeal for breakfast this am! UGH! We haven't had oats in a long time, and I didn't think twice about it when she asked to make that recipe for breakfast. If this reaction IS from that, would it have taken that long to show up?

BTW, I've never had her tested for celiac or any other allergies/intolerance. We've just went with it and found that they do better without it and that's been good enough for us. Do you think this reaction warrants further testing?

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Oh yes, it sure sounds like a glutening to me. My two daughters, especially one of them, who are 9 and myself had severe stomach pain/cramping as our main gluten intolerance/celiac symptom. We would be SO sick . My daughter went throught their entire second grade year like that and everyone thought she had "issues" like separation. I went through a very long period, years actually, where every single day I would be sick and live in the bathroom and when I wasn't in there I'd walk around holding my stomach/abdomen because of the pain. Sometimes the pain would come in big waves where I couldn't walk/talk/etc. That pain would be up high, like right below my ribcage.

Long story short, my daughters and I (also my son since August) have been gluten free since June 11 and we have never ever felt better! The stomach pain and other issues are gone! Really, I can't believe it. My poor daughters talks all the time about how she would hurt from the time she ate breakfast until the time she went to bed. She was having trouble working in school and playing with her friends.

I'm not saying gluten is the problem for everyone, but for us, it was.

We did Enterolab stool testing and found out the girls (who are identical twins) are also egg and casein intolerant. Now, that part has been very hard for us, as we don't eat much meat and depending on dairy and eggs.

Sorry for the long response, but I would say that your little one could definitely be so sick from oats, because they are most often cross contaminated with wheat.

I hope everyone feels better soon!

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I think a pretty safe way around the oatmeal dilemma is to get true, Irish oats. I think the issue of cc is pretty nill to none with them.

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The problem with oats isn't that they just get cc. It is that some celiacs react to certified gluten-free oats too. My daughter tolerates them fine. I don't, it's as if I had eaten a sandwich of wheat or similar by the reactions I get from oats.

Some people react, some don't.

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It sounds like it is the oats. We had tried our daughter on the certified gluten free oats and her reaction was worse than her typical gluten reaction.

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