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Toddler On Gluten For 5 Weeks, Symptoms Not As Expected

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Ok, it's been a few weeks since I posted here about my 2 year old with what SEEMED like some pretty convincing Celiac symptoms so I made an appointment for him with Celiac specialist whom he will be visiting on Monday. Finally! We waited 5 weeks and during that 5 weeks my husband and I decided we'd feed him gluten but were scared at first. Well, he didn't react with his usual symptoms of exposure of: unformed/mushy/foamy poop that smelled like mothballs burned his skin and was full of undigested food. Oh, and it was usually yellow and enormous in amount! He's also had black poop, gray poop and blood marbled poop. Sometimes it would float. Sometimes it would seem sandy and hard to wipe off. Oh and ONCE he had 3 strange blisters on his scrotum but I've not seen them since.

NOW he mostly has harder poop, in small balls and sometimes black or very dark. Once in awhile I will see a streak of blood but that could be from the constipation he seems to be having now. No gray or yellow/frothy poop. Every once in awhile it will float but rarely. He sometimes will get a rash from it. He now has emotional issues where he'd melt down unreasonably whereas before he would be rather cool about things, he cannot handle anymore. Other than that, it's nothing. What gives? The textbook stuff happened if it was an accident and now that I intentionally give it to him in large amounts those harsh symptoms seem to be gone! Gaah!

Anyway, Monday will be interesting...........what are we to expect that first visit? I am assuming a blood test but with only 5 weeks exposure and no previous exposure (except accidental) during his entire 2 years of life, will they really find anything?

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Hi there. Just wanted to say that I had celiac as a kid (and still do, obviously) and my main symptom was always constipation, to the point of having blood in my stools frequently. Ug. I wish my parents had figured it out, and I'm so happy to hear you're on the right path! (Me? Diagnosed at 37 years old!)

Sherri

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Hi there. Just wanted to say that I had celiac as a kid (and still do, obviously) and my main symptom was always constipation, to the point of having blood in my stools frequently. Ug. I wish my parents had figured it out, and I'm so happy to hear you're on the right path! (Me? Diagnosed at 37 years old!)

Sherri

Myself also. As a child I always had what my Mom called 'rabbit poops' small dry and as one doctor put it 'the worst hemmies he had ever seen in a child'. I was also covered in blisters which they said was 'poison ivy' in my blood stream. The emotional issues you are seeing can also be part of the celiac picture.

I hope you get some answers soon as the poor little guy sounds very uncomfortable.

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Well I would expect the blood test. Be prepared to share his symptoms, growth chart, and any type of food journal with the symptoms afterward.

You will now have to go with the doctor's "usual suspects" list and what type of testing can rule these things in or out.

You may go home with a stool sampling test kit. (The things we do for our kids!)

To really find out what is going on, will probably require scoping. Build the relationship to be able to trust this doctor, or find a different one. It is a trillion times harder handing your baby over to a doctor.

Let us know how it goes.

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Thank you everybody, I just second guess myself constantly. I just wonder why the accidental exposures are so much worse than the intentional exposures with MUCH more gluten? It's very strange.

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Thank you everybody, I just second guess myself constantly. I just wonder why the accidental exposures are so much worse than the intentional exposures with MUCH more gluten? It's very strange.

I think it is because the accidental exposure causes a sudden spike in the antibodies. It sounds like his body is trying to compensate for the regular gluten exposure by trying to draw as much as it can from his food. Hence the constipation rather than the D that you were seeing with only occasional exposure.

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I think it is because the accidental exposure causes a sudden spike in the antibodies. It sounds like his body is trying to compensate for the regular gluten exposure by trying to draw as much as it can from his food. Hence the constipation rather than the D that you were seeing with only occasional exposure.

Now that may be the case! I'm very interested to know what the doc says on Monday.

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I think it is because the accidental exposure causes a sudden spike in the antibodies. It sounds like his body is trying to compensate for the regular gluten exposure by trying to draw as much as it can from his food. Hence the constipation rather than the D that you were seeing with only occasional exposure.

I think gluten is such an immunologic insult to celiacs that our whole immune system gets suppressed. As Raven says, when you take away gluten the immune system normalizes some and then you get big antibody spikes. Interesting idea about why the constipation appears. I was wondering if it was damage and overall poor intestinal mobility.

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I think gluten is such an immunologic insult to celiacs that our whole immune system gets suppressed. As Raven says, when you take away gluten the immune system normalizes some and then you get big antibody spikes. Interesting idea about why the constipation appears. I was wondering if it was damage and overall poor intestinal mobility.

That could be it also. I wonder if it might have something to do with damage to the nerves in the intestine causing the poor motility? It could have a combination of factors also. It seems quite a few of us have C for a bit when the disease first strikes. I had heavy nerve impact as a child, we know this from the loss of reflexes in my lower extremeties and the ataxia and the mood and learning problems. My peds always told my mother that the C was just my normal pattern, at least until I started getting impactions. So much still to be learned about this disease.

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We just got back from the GI's today and they took a ton of blood from him today :( I told her about the black poops and the red blood in the poops and she told me that with celiacs that doesn't happen but she'd test for it anyway. She doesn't think he has Celiacs but eosinophilic colitis so I don't know what to think anymore. I'm suppose to collect his movements for the next 3 days, take them to the lab and then meet back with the Dr. in 10 days to review testing results of both the poop and blood and go from there. She said to keep him on the gluten until we have results.

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I recently just went back on gluten myself after 2.5 of being gluten free. And I am experiencing the same symptoms as your son! I expected much worse, but have the same poop characteristics LOL...

I am having an endoscopy in 2 weeks... But it is very confusing.... Good luck to you and your son!!!

Ok, it's been a few weeks since I posted here about my 2 year old with what SEEMED like some pretty convincing Celiac symptoms so I made an appointment for him with Celiac specialist whom he will be visiting on Monday. Finally! We waited 5 weeks and during that 5 weeks my husband and I decided we'd feed him gluten but were scared at first. Well, he didn't react with his usual symptoms of exposure of: unformed/mushy/foamy poop that smelled like mothballs burned his skin and was full of undigested food. Oh, and it was usually yellow and enormous in amount! He's also had black poop, gray poop and blood marbled poop. Sometimes it would float. Sometimes it would seem sandy and hard to wipe off. Oh and ONCE he had 3 strange blisters on his scrotum but I've not seen them since.

NOW he mostly has harder poop, in small balls and sometimes black or very dark. Once in awhile I will see a streak of blood but that could be from the constipation he seems to be having now. No gray or yellow/frothy poop. Every once in awhile it will float but rarely. He sometimes will get a rash from it. He now has emotional issues where he'd melt down unreasonably whereas before he would be rather cool about things, he cannot handle anymore. Other than that, it's nothing. What gives? The textbook stuff happened if it was an accident and now that I intentionally give it to him in large amounts those harsh symptoms seem to be gone! Gaah!

Anyway, Monday will be interesting...........what are we to expect that first visit? I am assuming a blood test but with only 5 weeks exposure and no previous exposure (except accidental) during his entire 2 years of life, will they really find anything?

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We just got back from the GI's today and they took a ton of blood from him today :( I told her about the black poops and the red blood in the poops and she told me that with celiacs that doesn't happen but she'd test for it anyway. She doesn't think he has Celiacs but eosinophilic colitis so I don't know what to think anymore. I'm suppose to collect his movements for the next 3 days, take them to the lab and then meet back with the Dr. in 10 days to review testing results of both the poop and blood and go from there. She said to keep him on the gluten until we have results.

It's been a long time since this post... but what was the diagnosis and how are things?

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