Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gluten free? Will this finally help?

Daphanie has been having digestive issues her whole life. She would spit up a lot, so we figured it was reflux. That medicine didn't really show any improvement. So we thought that she was just a spiter.
We started to change her diet when I had to stop breastfeeding. That was around 11 months of age. We put her on whole milk, which was a horrible idea! She was having stomach cramps and was spitting up. I took her off that and tried a toddler formula which we got a sample of in the mail. That was also made with cow's milk. We took her to the doctor and the doctor thought that it could be the lactose in the milk. Which lactose is the sugar that is in cows milk. She was on lactose free milk for about a month and this some what helped with the stomach cramps, but it didn't help with the diarrhea. So we stopped all cows milk, and we seen no improvement.

We went to the doctor again, this time just for a pesky ear infection. I mentioned something about how taking out the milk didn't change anything. She told me the next step wouldn't be easy. She wants me to take Daphanie off gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in rye, wheat and barley. Which is the main type of flour used. So normal breads and pasta are no-no's. Also are most cereals, crackers, cakes and cookies!

The one good thing about taking out gluten is eating whole foods. Which are fresh fruits and veggies. Which my children love! They are also a much healthier option!

This also makes sense why the milk was casing a problem. When someone that has an intolerance to gluten or has Celiac disease and eats gluten the lining of their intestines is inflamed and can also be come damaged. So when drinking milk it could cause an upset! But a lot of Celiacs are also milk intolerant!
I am still learning more and more about going gluten free! If you have any information for us let me know! I want to learn as much as I can!

We are hoping to see a difference in as little as a week! Maybe this will give us answers!

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