Processed food is everywhere. It is hard to avoid and seems to be a staple among young children. We grew up on goldfish and macaroni and cheese, so I used to think it wasn’t that bad. But the more I know about nutrition, the scarier this processed food is becoming. Being gluten and dairy free […]

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My son lost the ability to point, wave, blow kisses and speak at 17.5 months after receiving an antibiotic injection for a 104.7 temperature. He lost eye contact for 24 hours and started having tantrums. Because I had a five year old daughter, I knew his symptoms were not typical of a normal illness. I […]

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  • Anonymous - I have SUCH a similar story with my 15 month old who lost the ability to speak, wave, blow kisses, etc. He has just started with a DAN! doctor and I’m hoping for good results. I put him on the GFCF diet one month ago and I haven’t seen results. If anything, he’s become worse. The one positive is that his bowels are SO much better than before (chronic diarrhea). I just wonder if I’m doing something wrong with the diet. Any thoughts on hidden sources of bad ingredients? Soy? Sugar? He still has soy ingredients and some sugar ingredients. Everything I buy for him is labeled gluten and casein free. Thanks in advance. -Mommy2KylerReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I found that making my own gluten free food, especially bread, ment that I didn’t have to change my life.

    There are some great easy recipies from Doves Farm

    http://www.dovesfarm.co.uk

    Have fun cooking good food.ReplyCancel

  • JFrance - We're so very glad to find your blog! My daughter didn't exhibit any developmental delays, but the physical symptoms were severe. She started puking one day and didn't stop for over a month. She never slept for more than an hour to two hours at a stretch. We had traded thrush back and forth when I was nursing her until we had to stop breastfeeding at 11 months. Finally, she became so constipated that we had to get x-rays and an enema. At this point, we gave up on getting a medical diagnosis and we pulled her back to the most basic diet we could imagine. By adding foods back slowly, we discovered gluten, gliadin and dairy were the problems. — JFrance http://www.feedingbecca.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Tears came to my eyes reading your story. I salute you, mom, for your committment and determination to solve your son's mystery. May other moms be as inspired and humbled as I am by your relentless pursuit of health for your kids!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I had similar issues. However, this diet didn't help. However, I admire your tenacity and advocacy for your children.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have also joined the gfcf journey. I have seen great improvements. And your story hits a cord. It sounds like my battle since the birth of my older son. I have been on an emotional rollercoaster that family members have stepped back and looked at me like I was crazy. I still get the lack of support from family, as if this choice is an easy one that I just plucked out of the air. I KNOW it is improving my son's speech, hypotonia, fogginess, etc. He was diagnosed with high-functioning autistic and apraxia. He also has vision issues- lazy eye, droopy eyelid. He is scheduled for his second surgery, the first was at 3. I am scared this may set him back. Do you know if surgery can cause our kids to regress?ReplyCancel

  • Heather @ Life, Gluten Free - I got goose bumps reading your story. You are awesome and I am so glad to find out about more moms who make their children's health a priority and find a way to make them better. Good for you!!

    My daughter started having rashes and ezcema at just 4 weeks old. She never had any form of developmental delays or delayed growth though. It was purely physical, and mostly skin related issues.

    Since I was breastfeeding I changed my diet and eliminated gluten because my midwife suggested eliminating wheat since it's a common allegen. That helped but then I eventually started eating it again and we both got sick!

    When she was 12 months old we found out that we both have celiac disease and that on top of that, my daughter has severe food allergies. It was a journey finding it all out but now we know and she is doing so much better.

    Her symptoms were mostly skin related, she had dermatitis herpetiformis (a dermatitis that can affect those with celiac disease) but once that got beter, she still had ezcema which was related to her food allergies.

    After going gluten-free, we found that wasn't quite enough for us and we are now grain-free (no rice or corn)

    Anyways, it's always inspiring to read others stories and I am glad to find another gluten-free, allergy-free mom blog too!ReplyCancel

  • Ruthies - Our son (now 7 1/2 and a chatterbox) has such a similar story—got a stomach virus at around 15 months, terrible diaper rashes after that, awake overnight complaining, speech regression, irritability—found out at 3 1/2 (after tons of research on my part and a visit to allergist in which he tested positive to everything–huge red flag for us but not too much concern from allergist) that he has celiac. He was severly anemic also.

    So thankful we found out when we did! I'm happy to have found your blog!! Keep telling your story!

    Great resource for helping our late talkers is the book called Play to Talk—excellent!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I haven't read all the posts, but if your child is still experiencing loose bowels, then it is not all in your head and no your child will not grow out of it. This is what I was told about our son for 2 years. I was hoping to convince the doctors that his symptoms were enough reason to do a biopsy to confirm he was a celiac. The doctors did not agree. He has the DQ8 gene and I am a celiac too. I did the elimination diet with him at 3 years old, within one week his bowels were normal. I figured out the other allergies as all forms of corn, dairy, citrus and reduce vegetable oils as they are in so many foods (crackers, cookies, bread). I put him back on gluten for 1 month to prove I was right. Within 1 week, his bowels went back to messy, his behaviour was scattered with problems focusing and following directions. Now 8 years old, he has been doing the celiac diet and avoiding the other foods for 4 years as a very happy, healthy and capable boy. Just realize you will get through this, you are a Mum or a Dad who knows her child and take a day at a time, you will figure out your child's situation. Keep a food diary, I did for 2 years, listing every meal, every day while tracking pee and bowel activity. Remember, not all doctors know everything, so find out as much as you can and advocate for your child because they are all you have. take care and all the best. xoReplyCancel

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