I too am wondering if my 2 year old might be gluten intolerant. My mom discovered her gluten intolerance about 5 years ago after many years eating a diet high in whole grains as recommended by her doctor for her intestinal and stomach issues, even though it didn't help. She was so happy when someone suggested going GF to her after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and not only did a GF diet help with that, it also eliminated all her other issues she dealt with for years. Anyway, I started to realize last summer that I was having similar issues the my mom said started for when was in her 30s. I tried to deny it for a little bit, but the extreme exhaustion, headaches and intestinal issues wasn't worth it. I continued eating gluten until I saw a GI doctor specializing in Celiacs and Gluten intolerance. I had blood work done and it all came back negative, but my doctor told me that instead of going through having the biopsy done, based on my own testing (I tried GF for a few weeks and noticed a big difference. I was back to eating gluten for several months before seeing the GI doctor) and my mom's history, he said that most likely I was GI and not Celiac and to just follow a GF diet. Most of my issues are now gone that I'm no longer eating gluten.
As for my 2 year old, he has bad diahrea and diaper rashes, which make me wonder if he too is gluten intolerant. I have not been to his pediatrician with it yet, but plan on taking him soon.
Barb, I understand all the testing that needs done to check for either CD or GI (eating gluten for a long time before being tested) but what problems does it create if you don't go through all the testing for diagnosis? You alluded to future problems without a proper dianosis and I'm not sure why someone has to have a proper diagnosis.
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