Saturday, 7 July 2012

Look out Gluten! Here comes Mamma bear, and boy is she mad!

That's right, gluten down right pisses me off. I am fed up. Gluten, you are grounded! I don't ever want to see your ugly face again.

Harsh? Good. Our son does not function well with gluten. I've heard people tell me he will grow out of it, that a little bit is okay, that it is nonesense, or that maybe its something else. But here is what we just experienced..

We were consuming little to zero gluten for about a week. As a family, we've been working with our son on listening, behavior, and being gentle with our words and our actions. It was all going splendidly. We were getting some relief as parents from the daily struggles, and our children were getting relief from disgruntled parents. Then.. dun dun dun...we ordered pizza.

When we order pizza, we order a good size pizza each so that it can last a few days of left overs. There's absolutely no sense paying the price of pizza unless its going to last. This morning I've observed Kairan having many issues;

He can't sit still.
We can tell him something six times in four minutes and he still does not do as we ask.
He's very emotional.
He won't eat "real" food.
Textures are bothering him.
He is needy.
He does not want to be touched when upset.
He can't focus.
He has a dry, perisistant cough.

Here are some signs of gluten issues in children:
  • Abdominal pain and distension
  • Acid Reflux
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas and flatulence
  • Greasy, foul smelling, floating stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss or weight gain
Other, non-gastrointestinal symptoms include:
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • ADD/ADHD or autistic-behaviors
  • Failure to thrive (in infants and toddlers)
  • Short stature or delayed growth
  • Delayed onset of puberty
  • Weak bones bone pain
  • Nosebleeds
Based on this list, observation, elimination, what I have read online and in books such as 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham, Kairan has at least a sensitivity to gluten. Here's some other interesting facts...

  1. Steatorrhea (increased fat in the stool). There also may be floating oil (due to undigested fat) on top of water in the toilet bowl.
  2. Abdominal bloating.
  3. Foul-smelling gas (flatulence).
  4. Flatulence, distention, and abdominal pain.
  5. Diarrhea!

Gluten allergy symptoms in adults due to malnutrition and (mineral or vitamin deficiencies)!

Celiac disease can lead to the lack of ‘vitamin or mineral’ and malnutrition, which then can cause:
  1. Weakness in muscles, and ‘tingling or numbness’ in the legs & arms
  2. Nerve damage, which may include poor balance, numbness in the legs & arms, or muscle weakness
  3. Bone fractures (osteoporosis)
  4. Fluid retention & weight loss 
  5. Excessive bleeding
  6. Anemia.
I have also read that hair loss and dark circles under the eyes can be caused by gluten intolerances or allergies.

We spent an entire twenty minutes today with one situation after another for Kairan, because we wanted him to eat his dinner (a delicious sweet potato soup!). First it was yucky, so he cried. Then he wanted some spices in it, so we did that. It wasn't enough. He whined and cried for us to feed him, and we did not give in. Then he explained he did not want his hands to touch anything, so we offered him a straw. Still a no-go. Then he wanted a baby spoon! Finally, we got him to eat a couple of bites which is all we asked for. Then he was feeling left out while he ate, because hubby was playing with the baby. He told us that "Daddy never plays with me, he only plays with the baby! Daddy doesn't even like me!" So of course we went to him and tried to hug him, but he wouldn't be touched and ran away crying. It's been like this since this morning, if he is not bouncing off the walls he is crying. And our heart goes out to our sensitive son, who has so much on his shoulders at the tender age of five.

Looking around at my precious family, I see that gluten is affecting every one of us, just some in smaller ways than others. It's causing us physical pain and emotional turmoil. Even if the cause is coming to us in a more indirect manner, it is affecting everybody. So thats it, I declare WAR!!!

This has become a 100% gluten free household. Starting IMMEDIATELY. And if that gluten thinks for a second it sneak through that front door, it has another thing coming. Because on this side of that door is Mamma Bear, and her bite is worse than her growl.

Gluten Information For Adults

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