• Ads by Google:
     




    Get email alerts Celiac.com E-Newsletter

    Ads by Google:



       Get email alertsCeliac.com E-Newsletter

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

If Your Child's Moods And Behavior Improved After gluten-free, How Long Did It Take?
0

9 posts in this topic

My 8 year old has only been gluten and casein free now for about 2 months. I do see some improvement in his attending and paying attention, but not much more. So I was just wondering if any of you have seen obvious mental changes for the better in your kids and how long it took?

Thanks!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:
Ads by Google:


I noticed improvement within the first few days of being off gluten for my older daughter. Then about a month later, I noticed she had to avoid casein, too. Her behaviour and mood immediately improved unless she has casein.

My younger daughter shows signs of having ADHD. It was months after she started the diet that I noticed she wasn't acting that way any more. I wasn't watching for it though. I think now she has a problem with soy and acts like she has ADHD when she has it. She was complaining about her tummy hurting after having some soy so I tried to eliminate it. Last week, she was acting hyper and couldn't focus on her homework again and I realized she had been having some soy every day. I made sure she didn't have it on Friday and she came home visibly calmer that day.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With DS, I saw some changes within the first few days. However, it has taken a few months to see some of the other changes. His grades are wonderful this year....he gets As for the most part, with the rare B. He doesn't struggle to do homework anymore (doesn't fight me, either). He has been gluten-free since the middle of July.

We had been getting him evaluated for ADHD and found out about his Celiac in the middle. We now think that it was the gluten causing those symptoms in him (lack of focus & concentration, behavior issues).

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Daughter improved almost immediately (first couple weeks after gluten-free) - energy levels went way up, school work improved as did her attention and focus. Son took a month or more, bedwetting ceased, blood glucose levels stabalized and he slept better.

Recently we also descovered she had problem with lactose - ability to complete work in class went down, tired a lot, and diarrhea /nausea. Eliminated lactose and she was able to stay on task better and had no homework for the weekend that just passed.

[dd has Aspergers so imnproved attention helped her A LOT]

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I noticed improvement within the first few days of being off gluten for my older daughter. Then about a month later, I noticed she had to avoid casein, too. Her behaviour and mood immediately improved unless she has casein.

That is interesting that the casein and soy are affecting her mood. My children are casein free also, but they went cf at the same time as gluten-free, so I don't know how each one affects them independantly. I'll keep an eye on how mine react with soy also. Thanks!

We had been getting him evaluated for ADHD and found out about his Celiac in the middle. We now think that it was the gluten causing those symptoms in him (lack of focus & concentration, behavior issues).

I'm so glad you found out about the celiac first before having him tested for ADHD. Sounds like now you may not have to go down that road. My ds's attention span is improving also, but he still has some mood issues that I am hoping will resolve also.

Daughter improved almost immediately (first couple weeks after gluten-free) - energy levels went way up, school work improved as did her attention and focus. Son took a month or more, bedwetting ceased, glucose levels stabalized and he slept better.

My ds also has problems with bed wetting. Hasn't resolved yet, but hopefully will. Seeing the difference in recovery time between your children helps me to remember that each person is different. Thank you.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ads by Google:


My ds also has problems with bed wetting. Hasn't resolved yet, but hopefully will. Seeing the difference in recovery time between your children helps me to remember that each person is different. Thank you.

You're welcome - with the bedwetting - that took about 6 weeks if I remember right - he wet the bed almost every night, then I noticed it was very 3rd night then once a week, then it was like 2 weeks went by and no soaking wet boy in the middle of the night needing a hug and dry clothes :)

He still occasionally wets the bed - I think once in the last 6 months - usually when he is really tired after a long day.... and its not soaking wet like before - he will wake up in the middle of doing it and get to the bathroom for the rest

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
My ds also has problems with bed wetting. Hasn't resolved yet, but hopefully will. Seeing the difference in recovery time between your children helps me to remember that each person is different. Thank you.

My 11 year old son still has problems with bedwetting. Gluten doesn't seem to affect it either way. He's gluten-free and dairy-free and I honestly can't say that going gluten-free helped at all with the wetting. I was hoping for a miracle for him, because it's so hard at his age. He's already dreading 6th grade camp, because even the medication doesn't always work for him. We give that to him for things like summer camp and it usually helps, but he still needs to sneak a "Good Night" pullup on inside his sleeping bag.

As for behavior, etc., my son's attitude, attention span and emotions all improved immediately after going gluten-free. His teacher last year wanted him tested for ADD. After 3 days off gluten she said he was "a different child". When he gets into wheat/gluten he gets very negative and distracted. He's still not convinced that going gluten-free is necessary, but the rest of the family can see the difference.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




My 8 year old has only been gluten and casein free now for about 2 months. I do see some improvement in his attending and paying attention, but not much more. So I was just wondering if any of you have seen obvious mental changes for the better in your kids and how long it took?

Thanks!

I saw a dramatic change in my son's behavior and some attenional changes within two days. That being said, while gluten can cause certain types of behaviors in children, ADD is still a very real issue and Dx. Yes, we did see improvement in his ability to attend and level of distractability however, he is still extremely distractable and has a great deal of difficulty attending both at home and school (as per his teacher). The gluten-free diet didn't "make the ADD go away". There is a strong genetic component to ADD in my family so none of this is a surprise. What it did make "go away" were the tantrums, yelling, crying and waking up in the middle of the night crying/screaming for no apparent reason. These changes in behavior were nearly miraculous. The gluten-free diet completely eliminated the retropspective pain and discomfort he was experiencing.

Many people put their children on a gluten-free diet to address some of the issues related to ADD. We chose to remove gluten from our son's diet to address medical concerns involving gluten. His attentional issues were never even a consideration to be honest. What the gluten-free diet did do in terms of his difficulties with attention and distractability was make it *much easier* to see the difference b/t gluten type of behaviors and *true* difficulties in terms of ADD. I don't doubt that some people see a different child when they remove gluten from their diets; I certainly did. BUT, ADD is far more involved and complicated than removing gluten. It is a real, Dx problem with a neurological etiology that needs to be addressed at home and at school. I would hate to see someone dismiss the possibility of their child truly having ADD soley based on a gluten-free diet. If someone's child is that inattentive, distractable and active I'd err on the side of them truly having ADD and finding relief of the symptoms through the diet.

I don't mean to come across as harsh or very opinionated; that's certainly not my intention. I'm not trying to stand on a soapbox. I am the mother of a child with attentional difficulties as well as Sensory Modulation Dysfunction so I KNOW all about the distractable, inattentive, "active" child! :P He's busily moving around the house as we speak!! :lol: I also taught self-contained special education for a long time and worked with many, many kids who were Dx with ADD among other things. Removing gluten is certainly a cure-all for many things, but a gluten-free diet isn't the answer to everything. We would *never* put our son back on gluten; it's nasty stuff. But, it's not the end all and be all in terms of helping him learn how to manage ADD.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lonewolf -

Give it one more year or so. I wet the bed until I was 12 . . . tried all sorts of things, but nothing worked. My parents actually used to come in my room beating pots and pans with wooden spoons in an attempt to wake me up, but it never worked! I'd sleep right through it after the first night or two. One of the doctors my mom took me to told her that bedwetting goes along with deep sleeping .. . kids who sleep really deeply are just like babies . . . all of their muscles relax while they sleep (including that big one called the bladder!). She told my mom that most kids grow out of it as they move into adolescence because they stop sleeping so deeply. And TA-DAH! I DID grow out of it when I hit adolescence! So did my little brother (when he was just about age 12, I believe). Before that, he did the same thing your son does with the Good Nights. So it should get better soon!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      107,346
    • Total Posts
      935,625
  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      65,026
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Natasha927
    Joined
  • Popular Now

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • You might be like me and need to get a vitamin and mineral panel blood test.  And make sure it includes iron.   We both might be deficient in certain vitamins/minerals.  My medicals bills have been so high I've put it off and just started taking a multivitamin instead.  But I'm not sure it has it in what I really might be deficient.   So I'm going to spend more money and get a vitamin and mineral panel blood test. Even at my age I have high metabolism.   Gluten free meals only fill me up for 2-3 hours so I have a backpack with me everday and have gluten free snacks to hold me over.   My weight went from 168 to 161 my first month gluten free.  But it seems to have stabilized and might be going back up again a little.  I'm in the start of my 3rd mo. being/trying to be gluten free.   If I am hungry for too long I kinda get light headed and dizzy so I bring gluten-free snakes with me. I drank a bottle of Ensure + my first month to help keep weight on but it didn't seems to agree with my stomach.   It might of been my body trying to adjust to the new gluten free diet that caused that issue.  
    • Thanks, cyclinglady.   That's encouraging to know that people can have a relatively normal life with Crohn's.   I have a co-worker whose in his 50s with Crohn's.  I understand he's had it most of his life.  Lots of surgeries, iron infusions and ongoing pain.   My GI appointment isn't for another three weeks.   I had an abdominal CT scan 9 years ago for similar issues and it was clean.   I'm fairly old for Crohn's --I'm in my mid 40s-- and understand that it mostly affects people in their teens and 20s.  But, there are always those outliers. Given that both my brother and his son have Celiac...I'm hoping(?) for the less destructive disease.   
    •  Sounds like gluten might have snuck back into your diet, either a condiment, spice, a contaminated pot, utensil, bowl, or cup. Is your whole house gluten-free? Are you still fixing gluten meals for the kids? Once you go completely gluten free after the first few months many become hyper sensitive to gluten, where as a tiny amount of CC throws it all off the cliff like all hell broke loose in your guts. Double check back over everything. Read the 101, clean out and double check everything, I found freezer paper/butcher paper to make a nice clean work area and clean up a breeze, foil line pans etc. Cheap starts with cookware are to use microwave cook ware from nordicware, crock pot liners, and disposable or new utensils/cookware. https://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/91878-newbie-info-101/ Try keeping a food diary with a list of everything your eating, include every condiment/spice etc. Try to find a common denominator, Rotate your meals using different foods, cuisines, and source that are gluten-free. You might find some other foods that offend your gut, as many of us also find or develop other intolerance in the first few months.
    • Hi! I was officially diagnosed a couple of months ago now but I have been gluten free for about 4 months since my endoscopy. However, in the last month I have noticed some worrying post diagnosis and treatment symptoms. My appetite has shrunk enormously. I used to be able to eat bowls and bowls of food and still be hungry, I could consume food even when full and I was constantly snacking. I understand over eating is a big part of celiac disease before going on a gluten free diet but food is such a huge part of my lifestyle. This last month I feel as though I have lost myself a bit as huge parts of my character like my love for food, huge appetite and my non fussy nature have all been turned upside down. I could easily not eat any snacks in a day now and not have to have all my meals. I thought I might have lost weight so I weighed myself on the same scales I did a couple of months ago. I am a young tall girl and was 10 stone for the last year at least. In the last few weeks I have lost half a stone which is 7 pounds and am now 9.5 stone. This is not intentional and I did not aim or want this to happen so I am concerned about any continued lack of appetite and weight loss in relation to my health. Therefore, I am going to weigh myself each week and make sure I am eating all three meals. If it continues I'll visit the doctor. Also, I am noticing fatigue still which was a huge part of my pre diagnosis symptoms. I get to a certain point in the afternoon where I feel like I need to go home and rest because I can no longer continue. I have no stamina and it is restricting my freedom, which I feel has already been taken from me as a result of this diagnosis that came at a frustrating point in my life which was a huge nuisance. Finally, I am also finding it a bit of a struggle to get my head around the whole thing still and to understand what it means for me and my life. I am very worried and scared that it will impact me not just physically but mentally and socially and it scares me. I guess this was more me getting all this off my chest and into the open, if anyone has any advice or feedback I will be hugely grateful.
    • I've lost 3-4 pounds.   It surprises me, as I would have expected to lose more, considering how limited my diet has been,  how sick I was since early May, and now walking 35 to 45 min. after dinner.   I think it's the increased gluten-free bread and shortbread cookies.  I've eaten more of these as they settle my stomach and are safe when I'm not sure what else will work.   I think I may also be having more sodium, so there may be a bit of water weight. I am actually doing better.   I've been on Famotidine 20 mg., 2x daily for about 9 days, and added Vit D a few days ago.   I've been able to drop one of 4-5 stacked pillows at night, and will try dropping one more tonight.   I am down to Tums (1500 mg.)  around 3-4 a.m. for mild heartburn / upset stomach, and again when I get up.   Not much else, maybe occasional simethicone.     i tried returning to a salad at dinner, just lettuce, tomato, and onions, but seemed to have more trouble overnight, so quit.  I'm mostly eating an egg with toast, well cooked sweet potatoes/mixed veggies, tuna, some salmon, hamburger, chicken, Ian's fish sticks, bone broth, Schar's breadsticks and shortbread, some soy milk or macadamia milk, and the bakery gluten-free bread.  
  • Upcoming Events