Do you have your child on a wheat-free diet??

@makingpots (11922)
United States
September 19, 2007 2:04am CST
I keep hearing so much about wheat-free diets for children these days. I used to work with autistic children and the mothers were always talking about some new study, etc but at the time I did not have children so I never paid much attention. Recently we sat next to a lady at a baseball game and she started talking to me about it. My son was having gas pains that night and was practically doubled over in pain when it would happen. She asked me a lot of questions about our diet and finally gave me a referal to a chiropractor that also specializes in dietetic and nutritional needs. My son has always had difficult bowel movements so I was at least a little interested in what she had to say. Are you on a wheat-free diet yourself or do you have your children on one? If so, how did you discover your allergy or make the decision to go wheat-free? If you are well versed in this childhood wheat related epidemic (so it seems), please add me as a friend and PM me, I have so many questions for someone willing to help.
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@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
19 Sep 07
Alot of children are misdiagnosed with food allergies. Depending on the age of your child, and the severity of his symptoms, they may want to perform a skin pr-ck test to determine if he is allergic or intolerant of wheat, or any other food proteins, such as soy, milk, nuts, egg etc. At three months old, my son was in constant pain and was completely hysterical 20 out of every 24 hour period. I took him to every doctor, paedetrician, gastroenterologist I could find, and he was misdiagnosed with colic, reflux etc etc etc... you name it, they tried to pin it on him. Eventually they determined he was allergic to cows milk and soy milk protein, and eliminating all traces of those products from his diet, by placing him on a specialist formula and only introducing food s that didn't contain those proteins, had a HUGE impact. He slept through the night, was no longer gassy all the time and no longer in pain. A completely different child. He is now almost one and a half and after a series of food challenges, and a skin pr-ck test, he has outgrown his soy milk protein allergy, and is only slighlty sensitive to cows milk protein. YAY!I was told he may have problems with other food allergies particularly things like nuts, egg, wheat and fish, but he has been fine with all of those. You could do a challenge, by eliminating all traces of wheat from your childs diet for a period of two weeks and seeing if that impacts on his symptoms in anyway, but I would recommend getting a doctors advice, particularly an allergy specialist, first. Alot of people tend to jump on the new fad bandwagon without proper diagnosis of a food allergy. Hope this helps a little, good luck, I hope you rlittle one is feeling better soon:)
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Sep 07
Wow, you are great, megs. thank you very much, it helps a lot.
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• Canada
20 Sep 07
My daughter, now sixteen, was allergic to the protein in cow's milk, and was diagnosed when she was just three months old. She had quite a severe reaction, and was hospitalized for a few days. She was put on soy milk, and was fine. She's since outgrown this (by the time she was four or five), and has no other food allergies today, thankfully.
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@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
No probs makingpots, I hope all is well. Food allergies are a bit of a pain to live with, as you have to check every jar of everything for trace indregients etc, and just be really wary of what you give your child... You get used to it, but at the start I was groaning an dmoaning about it all the time lol Someonesmom- they say most children with milk allergies grow out of it by the time they are three, so I was happy my little fella has grown out of the allergy a bit early. He's tolerating a full bottle of cows milk once a day now, and within the next week he should be on full cows milk. As he was also allergic to soy, it was really hard, as that cut out cheese, yoghurt etc etc... You are lucky our daughter could tolerate it! :)
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@mummymo (23707)
19 Sep 07
I wish I could help you sweety, you know I would if I could but I am afraid that I do not have any experience or much knowledge about wheat free diets! I will say that if you are worried though follow your instincts and try leaving wheat out of your sons diet to see if it makes a difference! Some of Niamhs allergies are very apparent but she also has a sensitivity to milk - she can drink a little but if she overdoes it she comes out with horrible, itchy blotches. It took us a while to realise that it was milk that caused this but with patience and excluding certain foods one at a time we confirmed it was definitely milk! Good Luck Sweety I hope someone can help! xxx
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I know that you would sweets! Thanks so much. Poor Niamh with the itchy blotches. Milk is a hard thing to have an allergy to.
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@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
Other indications that a child has a milk protein allergy include explosive/ frothy bowel movements, exascararted (sp?) groin/buttocks, severe pain often attributed to gas, vomitting (my son didn't have that- well not unless he had a great deal of it anyway!), losing weight, and there;s like a million gazillion others but those were the ones I experienced. Another thing I find is people often don't realise the differences between sensitivities to foods, food intolerances, and food allergies... Mummymo hit the nail on the head about having patience when it comes to kids and food allergies. Often it's misdiagnosed to begin wth and can be a frustrating process, and long one too, trying to determine what the actual cause of th eproblem is.
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@someonesmom (5765)
• Canada
19 Sep 07
Hi makingpots, My four year old grandson is autistic, and my daughter-in-law has considered putting him on a wheat-free diet. I believe she may still be planning on looking into this, but he's not on this diet, as of yet. It seems this problem with wheat, affects special needs kids, as well as non special needs. I wish I could be of more help, but maybe if my daughter-in-law decides that this is the route to take with her son, the two of you can compare notes. She's already a member of myLot.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Sep 07
thanks for the reply. You might lead your DIL to a Jenny McCartney website. She is trying to use her celebrity to bring awareness to autism and finding treatments. I just learn recently that her son is autistic. She has a book out on the topic as well.
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• Canada
20 Sep 07
Thanks so much for this information. I'll pass this on to her.
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@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
20 Sep 07
Just a quick note on autistic children and diet. I recently read an article that "suggested" that wheat free diets don't always work with autistic kids, and another alternative is to eliminate all processed foods, and give the child a diet of fresh organic fruit, vegies, etc etc. Just an idea, and another option to look at. If you want more details on what the article said, let me know and I'll try and summarise it, in alittle more detail.
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@dpurchas (91)
• United States
20 Sep 07
I am interested if you hear anything on this. I hadn't heard about this before, but periodically my daughter has the same problem. Very hard bowel movements and sometimes constipation - kind of - more that it hurts her enough that she just doesn't want to go. If you hear anything back on this, I would love to hear anything you find. If nothing else, just for reference to ask my doctor next time we go.
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