Hi everyone! My apologies for it being so quiet over here at D2N. This is mainly due to a major lifestyle change at our home that has me neck deep in research and has me learning to cook all over again.
We are going gluten free (GF) for our 2 year old son mainly, but also for my husband for whom my son is a carbon copy of.
Since my son was born feeding time has been a major source of stress. It’s so hard as a mom when one of your main jobs is to feed your child and watch them flourish and hopefully turn into a fat little baby and they won’t eat.
I watched him drop into the 3% in weight and instead of a rolly polly little man I had a skeleton baby (albeit very adorable but nonetheless skinny) and I was questioning my competency as a mother.
Doctors and moms telling you how to fatten them up… other doctors and moms telling you not to worry about it… “they will eat if they’re hungry”. The only constant was milk or “MEE-YOKE!” as Conner is famous for saying. Again the doctors and good intentioned moms, “Don’t let him drink so much milk, he’s getting full on that and not eating other food.” I tried withholding milk to get him to eat and he literally would NOT eat anything. I am talking amounts where you would wonder how the kid was still alive.
Lately we resulted to force feeding the first couple of bites because usually through the screams and the tantrums of the first forced bite of food he would decide that he liked the food and eat more.
About a year ago things started to get worse and he was tested for everything from Whooping Cough to Cystic Fibrosis. I was relieved that it wasn’t any of those things, but he was diagnosed with asthma and has gotten Croup about every other month.
Out of desperation and not wanting to take my son for yet another Decadron (steroid) shot and him screaming all the way through his nebulizing (breathing treatments) I posted on my Facebook page and got some wonderful and interesting suggestions from all you wonderful Designed to the Nines friends… several of which I am taking. So thank you!
Gluten was one suggestion that really struck a chord with me (thank you Jena)… it had been something that had been sticking out in my mind (maybe inspiration?), due to several conversations I had with friends last week alone (thank you Lindsay, Brandy, and Kristine). Maybe the big guy upstairs was trying to tell me something through good friends and family.
The more research I did, the more I was affirmed that going GF was the thing to do for my family.
Here were a couple things I found in my researching that REALLY surprised me:
*There is a strong link between chronic croup and gluten allergy.
*There is a recently released study linking asthma to gluten allergy.
*Some other signs/symptoms of celiac: super skinny arms and legs, failure to thrive (low weight), upset stomach (which in young kids=not wanting to eat), pale stools (won’t go into that).
Several other factors played into this decision, but mainly my gut is telling me I finally found the answer. However, I have not had my son tested for a wheat allergy. Since my husband Greg basically has all the same symptoms we may have him tested to spare Conner the needle. But it doesn’t really matter too much because I am already seeing positive signs with my son.
In the past 6 days since dropping gluten from our diet, my son is eating A LOT. Well, a lot for him. 2 gluten free pancakes in the morning, GF macaroni and cheese or sandwich for lunch, and something like shrimp tacos on corn tortillas for dinner. He is eating well and without force… and that is good enough for me. He’s eating like I’ve never seen him eat before and keeps saying, “hungry” and eating more. And he seems to be getting over his croup well (and with out a decadron shot).
I know it’s a little early to tell the long term effects, but even with all the changing I am going through over here, there is a certain pinkness in my son’s cheeks that has me feeling like my prayers for my son have finally been answered and a lot in part to this blog. Thus, one of the reasons I post… first to say thanks and second to raise awareness and hopefully help someone else who might be searching for reasons their little one is sick and/or not eating.
Finally, I will get some more design related posts up soon. I hope you understand the delay, as I have always said… I love my family and so they will ALWAYS, always come first no matter what. I hope you understand.
P.S. Feel free to share your thoughts, stories, recipes, etc. Thanks!