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    Default Gluten Intolerance in toddlers?

    Hello,

    My boys are having problems with their bowels and it is prompting me to question allergies as a possible cause as it is not linked to fever and other symptoms at all.
    My DS2 has had problems with the runs his whole life (now 17months). We have both lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance in my family history.
    I have heard that the main sign of gluten intolerance in kids is not putting on weight but as that has never been a problem for my boys we dismissed it a bit. We just started DS2 on dairy free for a trial 3 days ago and I increased his intake of starchy foods (mostly wheat based) to try to slow down his bowels but if anything he has gotten a little bit worse. Mean while DS2 has been on this diet DS1 (2y9m) has been eating pretty much the same as his brother, which is about double the gluten intake of his normal diet and now he has the runs! Without any change to his mood or other symptoms. And I noticed that DS1's poo really stuck on the bowl which is something that I have heard people say is a problem with their gluten intolerance.

    Has anyone had their toddlers diagnosed gluten intolerant while not having a problem growing? Does this even sound like gluten intolerance?

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    My DS, just turned 2, has just been diagnosed with coeliacs disease (so is gluten intolerant). He also had very runny, smelly poos. He did, however, lose a lot of weight. We originally did the same, changed his milk thinking it was lactose intolerance, and found he got worse. He was also a gluten addict, which didn't help things! So it definitely is a symptom of gluten intolerance. What about other symptoms? My Ds was very irritable, had a very bloated stomach, not himself in behaviour, would sometimes vomit. Of course they may not have all of these symptoms!!

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    Two of my DS' have gluten issues, and one was severely bloated and threw up every single day until he went gluten free and had nasty poos. And the other had malabsorption became severely anemiac, low vit D, folic, and b12 etc etc, neither of the ever lost weight, the second DS weight plateaued for about 2 years though, he didn't lose any but didn't gain any either.

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    I've been wondering whether DS is gluten intolerant. He is severely lactose intolerant and I have long suspected gluten as well. He has never had a 'normal' bowel movement in his life and still wakes hourly all night at the age of 2 complaining of tummy aches.

    We had an appt with an allergist but have had to cancel due to illness - when we finally get back in to see her I'm going to ask her to investigate it.

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    Lactose intolerance can be a symptom of Coeliac, in that the bowel get damaged and you can no longer handle lactose until your intestines heal.

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    Oh really? Interesting. Thanks. My mum is gluten intolerant so its something that has played on my mind.

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    It is definitely possible to be a 'normal' weight/size and still be gluten intolerant. My DD is proof of that! She had bowel, tummy and behaviour issues until we took guten out of her diet. Her issues have all resolved now, except if she gets exposed to gluten somehow and then they all come rushing back.

    She had the blood test for coeliac disease and it was negative, but she does carry the coeliac genes so she may be predisposed to gluten trouble anyway.

    In any case, all 4 of us went gluten free and all 4 of us have had health improvements of different sorts.

    If you are thinking that your boys could be gluten intolerant (and it does certainly sound that way!), make sure they get tested before you remove gluten from their diet otherwise the tests won't mean much.

    If you get them tested and the tests are negative, it's still worth a gluten free trial because a) a lot of people test negative but still have an excellent dietry response and b) testing on young children is really unreliable anyway.

    Good luck!

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    Miss Muppet - your DS sounds like my DD. She was a HORRIBLE sleeper! She would wake up at night and be up for 1 - 3 hours at a time. It was awful.

    About a week after she went gluten free she started going to sleep within 5 minutes of being put to bed and sleeping the whole way through the night! It was such a stark contrast.

    She always seemed to have ADHD tendances, but she is such a calm, level headed kid now. I am so happy for her that we were able to figure it out. Totally worth the extra trouble.

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    DD and DS1 have both had allergies to wheat.
    Horrendous diarrhea, bloating etc. I wish I had of got them diagnosed earlier (16 and 20 mths)
    Get them tested ASAP!

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    What does the test involve? Is it the skin prick test or more invasive?


 

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