153.coeliac in young children Moderated discussion and help for gluten free, coeliac, celiac, wheat allergies or intolerance, Cookery and recipes

coeliac in young children: from Wallace on 2006-03-07

Felicity,
I read your question by chance whilst I was wandering through the gluten free sites as I am a celiac myself. I am a 67 yr old male, quite fit and slim. I was diagnosed only last year after years of feeling sick and stomach pains. When I received the diagnosis I thought the world had ended for me in a way but it is not all that difficult. I know how you must feel about your son.

Well I have to say that I also was told I had a lactose intolerance at first but was told it might go away after a while. In fact, it has gone and I can eat milk products etc with no problem and I hope the same happens for your son.

You ask about the symptoms apart from those you know. Headache is common and a general feeling of being unwell. Bad temper often results and mood swings and even depression. If your son sticks to the gulten free diet, most of the symtoms will go away. He might break out at times and find the symtoms return but they go away each time he stops eating things like wheat pasta, bread, cake etc. You can buy all sorts of gluten free foods now in most supermarkets or even on-line. I make my own bread each weekend. Vegetables, fruit, meats are always good for us all. You cannot go wrong with those as any other child would eat the same.

You son may not like the GF food as a lot of it does taste not all that good and the pasta and bread crumbles so much but it is better than feeling sick all the time. By the way, always toast the GF bread as it tastes so much better. Cut it in small pieces with some spread and he might like that.

The way to look at it is to think that being a celiac is not the worst thing that can happen. Gradually your son will work out what he can and cannot eat. You will be able to tell easily apart from the fact that most children are not good at eating what is given to them even if not celiacs. If he eats what you give him then he is happy no doubt.

Well I wish you and your son and all your efforts the best success. You can email me if you wish and I am happy to try to help.

Regards,
Wallace

coeliac in young children: from justine on 2006-05-16

My son is two and a half, and has been coeliac from the start, though it took 12 months for me to discover. (Also discovered that I am too! ) Yes - the constant diarrhoea was the key, along with a 24hr runny nose and persistent chesty cough. Once I stopped the gluten, the cough was gone in just a week! But other than those symptoms, he was/is a happy kid who seemed unaffected

Like any other kid - if he doesn't like the food, he'll let you know.
My son loves GF pasta, even though I find some brands a bit yucky because I am comparing it to 'normal' pasta, but he doesn't know the difference. I also use lots of vermicilli, brown rice and polenta.
Fresh fruit and veg, meat, rice crackers, dips/hommous, dried fruit, plain popcorn, are all good.

Kai drinks soy milk (again, he doesn't know the difference) and I have recently found lactose-free yogurt in Woolworths, which is great!

I would also suggest doing as much research as you can - there's loads of info out there, probably far more than your GP can give you. There's also lots of cookbooks available and websites with receipes, so try GF muffins, banana breads, biscuits etc. It's been trial and error, but I now have a few staples that I know my son will eat. It means making time for more cooking, but at least I know my son is healthy - and so am I.

You're welcome to email me if you'd like to talk more.

cheers,
justine

coeliac in young children: from Karen Galbraith on 2006-05-24

Hi, my son is 14months and has just been diagnosed with a wheat/gluten intolerance. He was sick every second day and had a swollen tummy BUT he didnt have any diahorrhea he had infact chronic constipation!! We spent 3 weeks in hospital and have just returned home. he has been off dairy products also for the past three weeks but they have re-introduced dairy back into his diet. he is such a happy wee boy now and hasnt been sick at all since gluten has been takenout of his diet but he does still have constipation from time to time so our battle isnt over yet. I am really really struggling trying to find food to give to my son. The doctors want me to give him a balanced diet but he was so ill that he lost a lot of weight and now at 14months only weighs 18lb. The doctors want me to feed him more fatty food but I really dont know where to start!! Any help and advice is so appreciate thank you.
Karen

coeliac in young children: from Peter on 2006-05-25

A teaspoonful of olive oil added to a meal will provide a useful amount of extra energy. It also helps the digestive system absorb vitamins from the food.

Mash potato with a little olive oil.

Include a meal of oily fish a couple of times a week. Tins of mackerel or sardines in brine are a convenient source - pour away the brine and don't add any salt to the meal. Fresh or tinned salmon is also good.

Peter

coeliac in young children: from paola pittali on 2006-06-19

My son, now 6 has been diagnosed with celiac disease a year ago. We have been following a gluten free diet and he has been very mature about it, excellent in accepting it and even informing others about it. What worries me though is that at times he seems to not be very happy with himself, he is hyperactive, lacks concentration, and does not cooperate well within the family. This is totally in contrast with his school behavior. Could this have to do with CD, or could it be a reaction to everything? Does anybody know anything about it or has experienced anything like this?

coeliac in young children: from naomi o'flaherty on 2006-07-04

Hi there,

it is good to hear from parents in the same situation as me. My 3 and a half year old daughter has just been diagnosed with CD, but the problem is that she is the fussiest eater in the world! she eats no fruit and hardly any vegetables at all, and the only meat she will (sometimes) eat is chicken. This is very hard coming from a healthy eating, all organic mother! I have tried EVERY trick in the book to get her to eat, including junk food. I am in a panic that she will eat nothing at all now. I have a feeling that her very poor appetite is down to the fact that she feels lousy all the time, and once we get rid of the gluten, she will feel better and her appetite will improve. Did anyone find that this was the case with their child?

I would be really glad to hear from anyone!

Naomi

coeliac in young children: from Adrina on 2006-07-12

I know exactly how Naomi feels. My 6 year old has just been diagnosed with CD and is such a fussy eater. We have the added restrictions of Reflux Oesophagitis, lactose intolerance, allerys to preservatives, colours, flavours (including naturally occuring MSG which is in peas and tomatoes which she loved and seems to be in everything) and antioxidants. It is very hard to find anything that she can eat. I have been making everything from scratch but she is always asking for things that her friends have. I have spent so much time online looking for places to buy supplies and almost everything seems to have one of the things in it that she cannot have. I feel like I am going to tear my hair out before I find anything.

I also have a 2 year old and 7 month old and now am worried that they will come up with the same allergies. I know I will be in good standing if they do, though the cost is hard to cope with now as we are a 1 income family.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me on either websites of suppliers, or suggestions of things I could make for her? Any help would be appreciated.

Adrina

coeliac in young children: from Paula on 2006-08-22

Hi there,
My 7 year old daughter has had tummy troubles for about 2 years now, Doctors said it was constipation.....then someone suggessted that we get her tested for CD, the blood test came back positive but only weakly according to the Doctor, she had a TTG, and normal is 0-20 and her reading was 24. She underwent a endoscopy last week and biopsies were taken nothing showed up....is it at all possible that she is just starting to develop CD?? Does anyone have any feedback for me, please.