Do I even need to test the kids for Gluten issues?

Answered on April 11, 2014
Created April 09, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I have Autoimmune skin disorder, my 14 year old boy does as well (white spot above his ear and grey hair spot), all 3 of us have weight issues, the 14 year old is short (but it's hard to tell what's normal for boys), my 12 year old boy has had "sticky poo" pretty much always had, skin rashes as well. It seems to be painfully (and I do mean that) obvious that they need to go gluten free. We went mostly gluten free (1 meal in a week contained gluten). My 12 year old says no more sticky poo. But he is feeling low energy. Veggies and Fruit may not be enough. I'll try brown rice.

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on April 11, 2014
at 03:31 PM

If you do decide to get yourself or them tested for celiac, you/they will need to be eating gluten daily for at least 6 to 8 weeks. The main reason I had my son tested was so that we had an "official" dx if we needed it for schools, colleges, camps, avoiding the draft, etc... Another good reason to test is to check for vitamin and mineral deficiencies too at the time. My son was 7 at dx and needed to be on an iron supplement for a little while. Conventional, wheat-based products are fortified so your fatigued child may need some supplementation until his guts are healed, if that is the case. (or can you get liver and bone broth in him?) — All this being said, the bloodtests for celiac aren't as great as they are sold to be although, of the several tests done in a celiac screening, any positive EMA result is highly predictive of celiac disease whether the damage is there yet or not. I recommend a rice cooker if you don't have one already and make sure you keep plenty of white rice cooked up for them. Good luck!


on April 11, 2014
at 02:54 AM

Thanks! Ya with them I'm just eliminating gluten really. Well processed food too! I'm not encouraging shelf gluten free items too much. I think everybody's feeling better. I guess if I see any continuance of symptoms I try eliminating one more thing. Thanks again.


on April 10, 2014
at 12:29 PM

Not sure what your question is, but it sounds like you suspect that you and your family have a gluten sensitivity. Usually a good test is to simply quit gluten for a couple of weeks and see how everyone feels, it sounds like you've done that. But it can't hurt to get tested, and when you get tested they can check you for other allergies and sensitivities too.

Other people find that they are sensitive to dairy, or nightshades, or nuts, and quitting those things has as much or more benefit than quitting gluten. You can simply try an "elimination diet" to eliminate all of these things, or one of these things at a time, and see how everyone feels. This can be tricky in a family setting but if you feel that you are not al at optimum health then you should definitely do something about it.

They have pretty good health panels now where you can go in and get checked for a wide variety of things, it can take some of the guesswork out of it. But generally I think it's a matter of restricting your diet for a while and figure out what works and what doesn't. Don't assume that you can eat anything under the sun and be healthy, the truth is that most people can't.

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