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  1. Hello! I've been browsing your forum and I've found a lot of the other discussions very helpful. My situation is that I have a 6 year old daughter who I think has food allergies or intolerances, but her doctor isn't concerned with the symptoms she has and doesn't want to refer us for further testing. I specifically wonder about celiac disease, but also about food allergies. I'll try to keep this brief! The symptoms she has that worry me are frequent abdominal pain, bloating, frequent very smelly gas, weak tooth enamel, rashes and general itchy skin, and bad body odour. She also sometimes throws up when she has tummy aches, but her bowel movements are pretty normal. The pain is in the centre of her stomach just above the belly button and sometimes to the left of that area. Just today she told me at breakfast time that she had a tummy ache, but didn't seem upset by it so I sent her to school as normal. When I picked her up in the afternoon she was crouched on the ground crying and her teacher said that she'd complained of a tummy ache after lunch, then it had seemed to go away, but got worse late in the afternoon just before the end of school. I don't think she was constipated (which is what our doctor always suggests when I ask about stomach pain, even though Sofie has BMs every day). She often has a rounded tummy. Sometimes the tummy aches are accompanied by vomiting, but not very often. She did have an episode like that last weekend. We've never been able to tie it to a specific food that she has eaten. When I took Sofie to the doctor about pain + vomiting, she said it was likely a virus, but none of the rest of us got sick (and stomach flu almost always ends up getting passed around our family when we do get it). Sofie has had a lot of dental work, including several root canals and crowns and many cavities. I have 2 other children (one older, one younger) and neither has had any dental problems. I actually started wondering about celiac when I was trying to figure out why her tooth enamel was so weak. I looked it up online and one of the first things that came up was celiac disease. She sometimes complains about itchy skin and used to get bouts of hives for no apparent reason though that hasn't happened much in the last year. She gets a red, bumpy rash on her cheeks sometimes which the doctor thought was eczema, but I'm not convinced because my 8 year old has eczema all over his legs and it looks very different. What else was there? Oh, the body odour. Last year Sofie suddenly started to smell like a teenager. She was only 5 though. It is mostly under her arms and it's a really strong smell. I eventually had to start using a natural deodorant, which does help, but isn't she just too young for this? Her doctor said it's normal in a minority of kids. The only thing she was concerned about was premature puberty, but she has no other signs of that. She also has bad breath quite a lot despite always brushing and flossing (we're very careful about that because of her dental problems). What Sofie DOESN'T have is any problems with growth (height and weight are both 85th percentile right now), only occasionally gets diarrhea, doesn't seem constipated... I have an autoimmune disease myself (I have something similar to lupus called UCTD and also Psoriatic Arthritis, which are both autoimmune). We have Hashimoto's and type 1 diabetes in our family too, but no one with celiac. I had the blood test for celiac run because many of my AI disease symptoms could be celiac symptoms as well: neuropathy, muscle and joint pain, GERD, diarrhea, migraines, other bowel issues (like fissures), fatigue, low ferritin, etc. But the test was negative. Sorry this is so long! What I really wanted to ask was: Do you think I should push harder for a GI referral and an allergist referral? Could my daughter's symptoms be consistent with celiac? I know that there are other allergies/intolerances that could account for them too. I was interested in doing a trial of an anti-inflammatory diet for myself to see if it improved my own disease symptoms. I would remove dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. I thought maybe the whole family would do it together as Sofie has these issues and my 8 year old has eczema and frequent ear infections which I've heard may improve on a gluten and dairy free diet. He also has Asperger's and I know that it's quite common for parents to say that some of the issues that come along with that improve when gluten and casein are removed. My husband and youngest child have no medical issues, but they're willing to come along for the ride because it would be easier for the rest of us. I do know that testing wouldn't be accurate if gluten was already out of our diets, so I'm just wondering whether to push for testing first. Thanks so much for any feedback or thoughts! Torontomom
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