95% of the dinners cooked by me for our family is Paleo. I've been trying to convince my kiddo that Paleo would be better for him. He can't have cow milk, but some products like yogurt seem to be fine. he's been forgoing cheese lately (by my encouragement). He is officially allergic for cashews but any chunky nut makes him throw up as well. (Specialist said that his brain reacts to it possibly being the bad type nut). He can eat peanutbutter just fine, but I'd rather he didn't.
He has severe issues with digestion, acid reflux (using papaya enzyme for that now). About two years ago he had episodes where especially at night he was choking, often combined with vomitting. Doctors thought it was caused by asthma but come to find out was caused by severe acid reflux. He first was prescribed Pepcid which helped, but recently took him off of that and switched to papaya enzymes, with great results.
He bounces back between diarrhea and constipation. He claims some coke/pepsi made going to the bathroom easier, and that coffee doesn't help the same way (if it was the caffeine helping him go). Still, I don't get him soda anymore. I think he reacts to too greasy foods. It's nice I cook food in coconut oil but eventually it may be too high-fat for him.
It's frustrating to watch him daily deal with tummy issues.
oh he takes meds for allergies and adhd daily as well. he has eczema and rash. he is borderline underweight. he loves food but many foods give him a bad reaction. It just sucks. I'm planning on taking him to a specialist again some time soon. Knowing that not every doctor actually know wtf they're talking about, I'm not even sure where to take him. (see choking part)
Anyone else have any experience with severe food allergies/sensitivities? oh and did I mention he is a stubborn teen who knows everything better? yea fun times!
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on November 21, 2012
at 03:59 PM
Oh honey, I feel for you and your son. I have food intolerances too, but nothing that bad!
Coconut oil is great and all, but I feel animal fat is king for digestion. Can you find lard or duck fat in your area? They taste so much better, I find.
If animal fat doesn't help move things along in the bowel area, you may need to adjust his macronutrients. Perhaps slightly lower fat, maybe bit more protein, and more carbs in the form of squash, sweet potatoes, parsnips, as long as he doesn't react to any of those. Is he active?
Eczema and rash: I developed dermatitis around my nose and mouth and had it for a year. I did everything, and I mean EVERYTHING to get rid of it; finally, I was off wheat 110%, and started noticing improvements. But the real kick in the pants? L-glutamine. I like it much better in powder form, because you can mix it with water. It's virtually tasteless. I was taking up to 20 grams a day! Don't overdo it however, because the side effects are extremely painful (abdominal cramping from the lowest level of Hell, gas, bloating). Start with 5grams (5000mg) a day, and go up to 10 after a few days, then 15, then stop at 20. Do this for a month at least. Always before meals, at least 30 minutes.
Is he taking a probiotic? That would help a lot.
Let us know how this goes! This is all from my own n-1 experiences for over two years, and still battling it, but it's getting better.
on November 21, 2012
at 05:04 PM
I would definitely try paleo and maybe add some aspects of the GAPS or specific carbohydrate diet protocol to the mix. Lots of gelatinous broths and such. I started paleo with severe stomach problems after having a c-section and tearing up my stomach with nsaids and antibiotics. It has helped tremendously. I still don't eat SAD but I don't get doubled over with discomfort anymore if I go a little off track anymore. I definitely think it has helped. My little guy has some allergies and as long as I keep him strict autoimmune Robb Wolf style paleo he is rash free.