Monday, July 9, 2012

Celiac disease?

Well we took Siddalee to Children's Mercy today, because the doctor was concerned with her not gaining weight. I was sad to hear she still has not gained an ounce in 3 months!!! She has been drinking 16 oz. of pediasure a day and we have been trying to beef up what she eats. Without going into too much detail she has also been struggling with some nasty and frequent stools, which has also resulted in yeast infections. The poor girl is miserable due to her bottom! We are stopping the pediasure to see if that is what is causing the diarrhea. We are also wondering if she may have a wheat allergy or Celiacs Disease. If the absence of pediasure doesn't heal the bottom we are going to an allergy specialist to check on the wheat allergy. Another strange piece of advice was to show her how to use her back teeth. I told the doctor's she tends to spit out a lot of food after chewing on it for awhile. They said she may be getting frustrated or is not confident with her chewing. My job now is to show her how to use her back teeth and see if she mimics. I am to observe how  she eats over the next week... hmmm, interesting. Here is the site where I found information on symptoms about Celiac's and honestly a lot of them are hard to tell with a child, but it was still interesting information.
We'll keep you updated!


  1. As someone with a wheat allergy diagnosed late in life (like, 5 years ago), I can say that it can be kind of confusing at first, but THANKFULLY there is SO much available that is gluten free now and the food industry is making it easier and easier to live with (if that's indeed the case). I'll be thinking of you!

  2. Yes, I remember that! I am trying to not get too stuck on it until we test for sure, but it would be nice to get to the bottom of her lack of gaining weight!!