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Since February this year I have been liaising with my sons dietitian to try and work out what is bothering him and causing his loose bowels and nasty nappies which are leaving him red raw, sore and in pain. The dietitian advised we start by removing almond from his diet, her exact words were ”I don’t know why you would give him almonds in the first place with your brother being anaphylatic to them” Wow!! I remained calm and didn’t even bother to defend myself I just said ”ok i’ll try that” and I left.
I chose to give my son a variety of different foods to try (one new food at a time) because I wanted to try him with everything and then i’ll know what he is and isn’t allergic too. People are often saying that children today have allergies because mothers hold back certain foods from their diets or that they don’t eat certain foods in pregnancy etc – I honestly think this is a load of crap but the dietitians comments to me only prove that everyone will have something different to say on that matter and the truth is no one really knows what causes food allergies yet and until something is proven it is all just guesses, opinions and speculation. In my opinion ‘mum knows best’ so this mum decided to try her child with all foods so if he is allergic to a certain food then i’ll know about it, I did also have skin prick tests done for other nuts before trying them but that’s another story (i’ll write that in a separate post). I agreed to remove almonds from my sons diet and it didn’t make any difference so after a few weeks I gradually reintroduced it. I was then advised to remove egg, I tried this and I thought we had slight improvements of an increased appetite, some days my son just won’t eat anything and I was starting to question if these days were the day following him eating egg but I wasn’t totally convinced so I have reintroduced eggs with no new issues and decided we have to try removing the wheat from his diet. I have had a feeling it could be wheat for some time as I am wheat intolerant but as these awful nappies seem to come and go it’s made it very hard to pin point the trigger food. Over a week ago my son cried in pain as I changed his nappy, his bum was red raw and well you don’t want me to describe the contents of his nappy but that was it!!! The wheat had to go! I was half praying that removing wheat won’t make a difference because I really don’t want him to be wheat intolerant but then the other half of me was thinking if these problems stop then at least I know what’s causing it and then by removing it my son won’t suffer anymore.
My son last ate wheat on the Saturday morning and by the Monday morning I had a very happy and more energetic little boy who was now doing soft but firm poo’s. I couldn’t believe the difference in him and so quickly. On the Tuesday my son ate cottage pie which I make myself and it contains gluten, on the Wednesday he was terribly constipated and had a very strange, unusual grey stool I didn’t link it with the gluten at this point although my son does not tolerate oats as they make him very constipated and of course oats contain gluten. The Thursday I had a very happy boy with a huge increase in confidence in public play areas, usually it’ll take him a good 20-30 minutes to even leave my side and totally relax but this time he ran in as fast as his little legs would carry him and he dived straight into the crawl through tunnel – this is literally unheard of with mini me, he’s never been through one of those before and he would always panic as soon as I suggest it. Friday and Saturday were great too, his face was so much brighter, he was a lot louder than usual but not in an usual way, it was just kind of what you’d expect from a happy two year old. Saturday night we had cottage pie (containing gluten) again for tea (dinner if you’re not English). Sunday the terrible nappies were back, he had three very loose and his bum only got sorer with each one. He cried in pain when I changed him and it twigged, it’s got to be the gluten!
I have now emptied my kitchen of anything containing gluten, as it’s only the two of us at home I find it easier to eat the same things. With me being dairy and wheat intolerant and my son having cow’s milk protein allergy and soya intolerance I was only missing out on eating soya which is no big deal for me. I always gave my son toast for breakfast and then he’ll share my gluten free cereal (he has to have whatever I am having too), our lunches and dinners are always made dairy, soya and wheat free so I am not cooking two separate meals. Very few of the main meals we eat contain gluten as the stock cubes I buy are organic and happen to be gluten free, the majority of our meals are meat and veg based made from scratch. With this in mind it means my son was only having gluten (in the form of wheat) at breakfast times, I can only imagine how poorly he would have been if he was having gluten with every meal.
We are due to see the allergy specialist on Thursday so I will update this post with the outcome of that appointment soon.
I am sharing our experience in case it can help others, this information is not advice and does not replace professional medical advice. If you think you or your child could be gluten intolerant please seek professional medical advice.
Recently I have received a lot of questions on our Facebook page about the symptoms of cow’s milk protein allergy and I think it would be great if we can share our questions and support each other on this journey. I have created a group on Facebook so we all have somewhere we can discuss and support each other in regards to living with cow’s milk protein allergy. Please take the time to read the group description. It is a closed group so, only members can see and reply to posts.
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