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  1. Well, I have a slightly different suggestion, obvously you know your child and I have only read a few posts but here's my 2 cents. Is your child highly creative/creativly gifted? I am and my daughter is and boy do we have a hard time keeping on task. It's not that we don't want to, it's just that we are right brained-and have a lot of ideas. Our brains think up so many possibilities for every situation that it's hard for us not to get lost in them. Train thoughts often derail in tangent land and all hope for productivity is lost. I recently went to a conference where I learned about child development and how children learn and was given this: Characteristics of the Creativly Gifted from the National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children 1. High Sensitivity 2. Excessive ammounts of energy 3. Bores Easily and may appear to have a short attention span 4. Requires emotionally stable and secure adults around him/her 5. Will resist athority if not democratically oriented 6. Have prefered ways of learning; particularly in reading and math 7. May become easily frustrated because of his/her big ideas and not having the resourses or people to assist him/her in carrying these tasks to fruition. 8. Learns from an exploritory level and resistes rote memory and just being a listener. 9. Cannot sit still unless absorbed in something of his/her own interest. 10. If they experiance failure early, may give up and develop permanant learning blocks. BTW, I also believe that highly creative people lack the ability to spell correctly so don't grade me
  2. Due to the inaccuracy of the blood test, I was never convinced that I'd have my son (22 months) tested and knew I'd never do a biopsy. His Dr. ordered other blood work so we did do the blood test, it came back negitive and my doc seems to think that's reason enough to go back on gluten. I know that's rediculous so we trudge on. I was excited about genetic testing but then read that most people will have the gene so it means nothing and that others have been diagnosed with Celiac and then don't ahve the gene, this is crazy. What's the point of getting my symptomatic son tested? What's the point of getting my asymtomatic children tested? Are there any tests taht can be done while gluten free? HOw important is it that we do other tests to address any other intolerances/allergies??
  3. Well, he's not lactose intolerant, both of my other children caught what I can only assume was the rotavirus. The older children had more "classic" symptoms (the baby had no fever and when he threw up it was more like an over eating kind of vomit then a virus) so once they came down with it, we gave the baby milk 2 days ago and he's fine. I never fully apriciated the lactase enzyme until now. I'm still on the fence about gluten, on one hand it's so freeking hard to cook everything from scratch, reasearch all the time, be worried about every gluten filled crum my other kids may drop (or baby snatches) all the while knowing that this may do nothing at all. On the ohter hand, the rash on his cheaks is softer and lighter then before and he is gaining his weight back from being sick quite nicely. He's also started having a lot more words, it could be a coincidence he's 22 months old, it is about time for me to have to use both hands to count his vocabulary, but maybe just maybe he's gluten intolerant and doing better? Maybe, I know it's just day 10, but a girl can dream can't she?
  4. My son is 21 months old he was tested 3 weeks ago and although I don't have the actual numbers, I was told everything was "normal" WE deciced to keep him on the diet due to the inaccuracy of the test. Today is day 5 if being gluten-free (last week we were gluten light-oops) and for 3 days he's had terrable diarrhea, and he vomited last night. He's lost 1.4 lbs, his tummy was swollen last night. He was diagnosed with failure to thrive so he doesn't need to be losing weight. (Though the red dry rash on his cheeks is all but gone) I'm assuming the diarrhea is lactose intolerance, I call the doc and his nurse told me there was no indication of Celiacs so put him back on a normal diet. What do you think? Should I pack it up and hope he's just small and will grow in his own time?
  5. I think this may be happening with my son. We removed gluten (only a few day totally gluten-free) and now he's getting diariah, I'm so frustrated, is it a bug, is it dairy, is it from one of the new ingrediants? This is way worse then anything he's ever had before. I really hope it's just a virus (that sounds so ugly, to hope you r kid has a virus) b/c we are big cheese people. I a;so am hoping fr Nikki2003's suggestion that it is a short term thing... Good luck, please let me know how your son is doing janelyb, it sounds like we're in the same stage of this.
  6. Oh no! I'm so sorry. I did melt my butter and my bananas were so overripe they were part of what I consider the "liquid" The dough was thick, somewhere between quick bread and cookie consistancy. I hate that they didn't work for you. We stuck our leftovers in a bag in the fridge and they were still excellent today, maybe an extra egg would improve the fluffiness/moisture factor.
  7. So I made my first gluten-free muffins this morning. They are great! I don't like to use recipes (even when one is in front of me I don't really follow it ) so I spent a lot of time yesterday reading about the hows and whys of all the gluten-free flours. I made banana chocolate chip mini muffins, they are a little sweeter then I would have liked and have a finer texture then wheat flour muffins. They puffed up beautifully, the kids each ate 2 and it was great with coffee! I wanted to share, please let me know what you think! (Vegan variation follows) 1 c brown rice flour 1 c Sweet sorgum flour 1/3 c flax meal 1/3 c tapioca starch 2/3 c packed brown sugar 1 egg 3 tbs unsalted butter 1/2 tsp b powder 2 over ripe bananas 1/3 c choc chips To make vegan, use egg sub, margerine instead of butter and either omit the choc chips or replace with carob chips or a suggestion below. Place everyting into bowl and mix on med speed 1-2 minutes, scrape sides mix again another minute or so (I'm not one to sift flours or have more then one mixing bowl ) Fill muffin cups almost to top bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes till toothpick comes out clean. It made 22 mini muffins, I could have streched it into a full 2 dozen but I wanted those big round tops! My mini muffin pan makes larger then normal mini muffins, they're more like medium muffins. Next time I may add another banana and either use 1/3 c brown sugar or honey. I almost never use chocolate chips but it was a nice addition, I may try berries or nuts (or both) next time and increase the measurement to 2/3-1 cup. I hope you try it!
  8. No, we haven't tested him for allergies. I will bring that up next visit.
  9. We've been gluten free for 8 days, well, I thought we were anyway...let me give you some background: Silas, my 21 month old has tested negitive for Celiac (blood tests only) I know from reading all of these great posts that that really doesn't mean much adn we need to try the diet for a while. He's been daignosed with failure to thrive, he's small and behind developmentally. He has a rash on his cheeks and bouts of unexplained diarriah so here we are. I was hoping beyond all hope that we would have seen some weght gain last week, even a tiny amount, but he's actually down .2 lbs. I know it's very early but I know that some of you have seen results in just days. We've had 2 "accidents", he grabbed a bite of brother's PB&J last week and snuck anad animal cracker at church. I also have been feeding him Kix unaware of the cross contamination issue with oats. So does that mean last week didn't count? Does that make today our first day gluten free? Would those small ammounts cause the same issues as regular ammounts? If we don't see results, how long should we try the diet? I was planning on 2 months, is that enough time? TIA
  10. I bought all kinds of fun flours at wild oats today, sweet sorgum, brown rice, flax and tapioca...I forgot potato starch, actually I just didn't think I needed it, now every recipe I find has potato starch in it. Can I use more tapioca starch or corn starch, is regular corn starch not gluten free? Thanks!!
  11. I am right there with you. We haven't gotten my son's results back but are going gluten-free anyway to see if it helps regardless of what the tests say. We've decided to have a gluten-free house for safety reasons and so ds has one place he's aloud to eat everything. I've wraped black electical tape around everything with gluten in it as we cannot afford to throw away all of our food! I didn't know about the pans/utencil thing, I use cast iron that has a good coating on it, do I need new? I really don't want to have to start reseasoniing pans, it takes years! I've found a grain mill atachment for my kitchen aid on ebay, it can be cleaned well (submerged etc) so I can make our flour and then all of our baked goods from scratch a friend of mine told me I can find a rice cooker at the good will. I am having a hard time building a menu (we also don't eat beef or pork) it seems like all we'll ever eat is rice and chicken! I've decided not to buy the gluten-free alternitives for now, they are too expencive. We'll just have lots of veggies, chicken and rice...I can't wait for the farmer's market to open so I can start stocking up on in season veggies!! I'm concerned about Easter dinner at the in-laws...ham and rolls and mac and cheese...I guess ds will have mashed potatoes with a side of...mashed potatoes... Sorry i'm not much help, just wanted to let you know I'm in the same boat. I hope this gets easier!
  12. Hi, I'm new. I'm scared. I'm overwhelmed. My son was just tested for Celiac yesterday, we'll get the results next week. He's got a lot of symptoms, he's 21 months and as developed (physically, emotionally and developmentally) as a 14 month old. His failure to thrive got me investigating and I wanted to talk to the dr about gluten intolerance but when the Dr saw the dry rash on his cheaks he suggested it first. If it comes back positive will we all need to be tested? My other son has eczema but no other symptoms....sorry train thought... We are planning to go gluten free but that task seems impossible. I know it's not, I just have to learn a whole new way to cook, shop and order food at restaurants. We feel it will be best if our house is gluten-free even if the baby is the only one who needs it that way he has one place in the world that's safe and comfortable. Is tath okay? Will my other kids feel put upon by thier brother's new diet? Is gluten nutritionally important to non-celiacs? I'm having a hard time taking it one step at a time. Every question leeds to more. Every fear opens the door to another.
  13. Hi, I'm very new, I suspect my 21 month old to be gluetin intollerant, while I'm researching and deciding whether or not to have him tested for Celiac I'd like to start experimenting with gluten-free recipes. A friend of mine has a grain mill which can mill rice into flour (since rice four is OUTRAGEOUS!) but she's used it for wheat and it's not able to be cleaned. If we run rice though and discard it, will the mill still be contaminated? Will the possiblity of trace ammounts of wheat in my rice flour be too much to consider gluten-free? Thanks alot!
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