21.baby and diet changes Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes

Re: baby and diet changes: from Peter on 2004-08-14

see the thread on what you can and cannot eat on a gluten-free diet.
This is also on the book pages.
What you can eat on a gluten-free diet:

All fresh fruit and vegetables, dried peas and beans.
All fresh meat and fish, milk, plain yogurt, eggs, butter, cheese.
Potato and rice.
Olive oil, corn oil, lard
Rice, easy cook rice, brown rice, ground rice, rice flour, pure rice noodles, pure rice pasta, wild rice.
Maize, maize flour, cornflour(maize).
Sorghum flour, teff flour, quinoa, buckwheat.
Sweet chestnut puree and flour.
Cream of tartar, bicarbonate of soda.
All herbs, all fresh spices.
Sago and tapioca. Agar, arrow root.

Black List: What you must not eat
DO NOT EAT wheat flour, wholemeal flour, oatmeal, rye flour, durum, strong flour, granary flour, semolina, barley flour, self raising
flour, spelt flour, bulgar, triticale, couscous., or any product that may contain them.
DO NOT EAT any pastas such as spaghetti, macaroni, lasagne.
DO NOT EAT any bread, cakes, biscuits, sweets, rusks, pastry, pies, breakfast cereals wheat germ or vitamin E pills. (except in
the safe list)
DO NOT DRINK beer, stout, lager or cloudy lemonade.
Many manufactured foods contain starch from wheat! DO NOT EAT products that contain starch, food starch, edible starch or
modified starch such as sausages, sauce mixes, curry mixes, packet and tinned soups, dried meals, gravy mixes, stock cubes,
baking powder mixes, soy sauce. (except in the safe list)
BEWARE of any products that may use starch as a filler such as mustard powder and white pepper. Some products contain
unspecified sweeteners and stabilisers. These may be chemically modified wheat flour.
Wheat flour can get in to products where you don't expect it. Some manufactured potato chips contain wheat flour!
Warning - this list is not comprehensive - this is not medical advice.

Peter

Re: baby and diet changes: from on 2004-08-19

My son has had a bad stomach since birth. The Dr told me it was reflux, baby indigestion. He brought his milk back after some feeds amd wouldn't sleep on his back and would scream in pain for hours. Now at 7months I have noticed that if I feed him food which contains GLUTEN he gets more dirty nappies than usual instead of one dirty nappy a day it is around 3-4. He also goes off his food and wants only his milk. Should I be concerned and stop gluten products altogether. Should I take him to the DRs for an allergy test, as he's at the age where I'm supposed to try him with any food but I dont want to feed him foods that cause him pain.

Michelle

Re: baby and diet changes: from on 2004-08-19

My son has had a bad stomach since birth. The Dr told me it was reflux, baby indigestion. He brought his milk back after some feeds amd wouldn't sleep on his back and would scream in pain for hours. Now at 7months I have noticed that if I feed him food which contains GLUTEN he gets more dirty nappies than usual instead of one dirty nappy a day it is around 3-4. He also goes off his food and wants only his milk. Should I be concerned and stop gluten products altogether. Should I take him to the DRs for an allergy test, as he's at the age where I'm supposed to try him with any food but I dont want to feed him foods that cause him pain.

Michelle

Re: baby and diet changes: from on 2004-11-17

we have with our 4 month son. He has just had a blood test and one of tests celiac was found

Re baby and diet changes: from sara lyon on 2005-06-27

I have eaten a dairy free diet for the past 4 weeks, with great effect on my breastfed 5mth old son. He has been treated for reflux for 3mths, and his consultant suggested I try a dairy free diet as he was never quite settled despite his treatment. He does still have reflux, I forgot his meds one night and was reminded just how much he hurts without them. I have, however, noticed that despite him seeming much better, that he has suddenly become sick and unsettled. When I look back, I realise that to compensate my boredom over lack of dairy foods, I have overdosed on bread and cereal. I am now giving up wheat and hope to restore peace and happiness to his tummy and our lives.

Re baby and diet changes: from patricia on 2005-07-07

I was diagnosed with CD one week ago.
I immediately changed to a GF diet and have started seeing drastic changes in my health and my breastfed-baby's health! He is much happier now... much more often. Wow!

Re baby and diet changes: from pat on 2006-02-05

my son is 4 mos. and was diagnosed w/reflux. he was on zantac and this made him worse after about a month. nothing seemed to work. doctors say its colic. he has only gained 2 lbs in his 4 mos. my sister in-law has cd so my son was tested for it as well. the test was neg. Changing my diet is the only thing that worked. he has been nursed since birth, since my diet change he is gaining weight and not screaming all day. Doctors say can't be cd but i'll do what works,

Re baby and diet changes: from lucie on 2006-03-07

my baby is three months old and has always made a massive fuss before passing wind or having a poo. he has a rash on his cheeks and hairline and used to scream hysterically if placed with his back touching anything. he is exclusively breast fed. I would welcome any advice as to the cause or what i could try to stop his suffering. he also has mild possetting and arches his back after feeding, similar to reflux. dou you think it could be dairy or wheat allergy? if so which should i cut out first?

Re baby and diet changes: from Peter on 2006-03-07

Lucie

In a case like this with a three month old baby you should consult your medical doctor. make it clear that you have serious concerns about the health of your baby. Ask for immediate referal to your consultant at your local hospital.

This is not a case for self diagnosis over the Internet.

Peter

Re baby and diet changes: from leah on 2006-07-09

In reply to Lucie above.

I too had a baby with similar symptoms and while its important to rule out medical problems, I found what worked best was seeing a cranial-sacral worker, preferably someone who works energetically with the babies system as this is gentler, as the bones in the skull effect the whole nervous system causing pain and discomfort in other areas of the body. And they're able to help release this. I also had sessions for myself and this reflected in my child. As a mother you are very in tune with your baby and know something isn't right and you need to honour these insticts as only you know whats right for you and your baby. I hated not knowing what was wrong and everybody just telling me to leave him to cry cause he needs to learn to go to sleep! But the fact was he was in pain lying down and in extreme discomfort. Imagine being a free spirit them comming to earth bound to this body that has all this restrictions its no wonder it's a shock to them. It's great that you're are acknowledging his pain as it's the first step to healing.
Also I took out all wheat and diary from my diet and this made a heap of difference, and also excluded Gluten as I found you become very aware of your bodies sensitivities and porridge didn't agree with me any more.
It would help you to find a natural practicioner that can guide you on this as your health is paramount and with a child it can be exhausting to do it all yourself.

Massage worked to help poo in a clockwise direction on his tummy with a little vegetable oil, twice a day but be aware that it could be sensitive, warmth also helped eg a wheat bag wrapped round his middle as did breast feeding as the sucking action stimulates bowel movement. Also Chamomile tea (organic) 3tsp a day at this age or a sip before each fed helps to calm the whole sytem. Apart from the cranial-sacral oesteopath, homeopathy seems to work best in babies being so gentle. As with all health professionals find one that you like and that you relate to as this will make all the difference. You will find this as a journey of growth. I have learnt so much through having my son in life in ways I wasn't expecting. He's two now and I still need to be carefull with his diet. But hey they're always worth it!
Leah

Hope this helps and just remember you're not crazy just very in tune with your son