I take my kids to a big pediatric practice that has about six different doctors. I’ve mentioned to two of them that I think August has a problem with gluten. Neither has shown any interest in following up on this report.
I am not a parent in a rush to give my children a life-long illness. I already have one like that and it’s plenty of work. Plenty. I can’t, however, ignore the growing list of symptoms that seem to indicate some kind of dietary issue. Probably most importantly, I’d like some help figuring out whether or not just gluten is an issue or if we have other issues as well.
- The child is skinny, skinny skinny, and he eats all day long. He eats fruit, vegetables, gluten free grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese puffs, popcorn, beans, soups, stews. He has always eaten more than his twin brother, but his twin brother is bigger and heavier. I can see all of his ribs through his back, but he often has a big belly.
- He has dark circles under his eyes that come and go. Whenever I see these I know he’s going to be distant and difficult.
- Warning, poop talk ahead: He is always constipated. He goes regularly, but it’s usually what my husband and I call “rabbit turds.” I just don’t believe that can be healthy.
- He eats weird stuff. Mostly, he eats cardboard. Now, I know that Pica can be a sign of Autism, but this habit dropped to 10% of what it was when I eliminated gluten. Now, it comes and goes with less frequency, which again, I think it’s being caused by something he’s eating, but I don’t know what.
- We have a family history of digestive disorders including Chrons and IBS.
I don’t know what to do. I know gluten is an issue, but I’m not completely sure how to handle that–does that mean no gluten in my house at all? Should I never eat things with gluten either? Is it like a peanut allergy or different?
I also think that there may be other problem foods, but I’m not sure exactly what. Maybe dairy? If dairy, what are good substitutes for bottles? (I know they should have bottles at this age, but with a nine month old in the house, they will get a bottle one way or the other, so it’s easier to just give them to them.)
Ideas? Suggestions? I’ve already tried banging my head again the wall and that was no help at all.