Some of you might wonder what I have been doing lately and why the posts have stopped. I have been busy taking care of our young son, a two year old with multiple food intolerances. We still don’t know for sure how to call the cause of our son’s symptoms (abdominal distension, constipation, sleep trouble, growth delay), be it intolerance, hypersensitivity, non-IgE food allergies. We know that taking gluten and dairy out of our son’s diet helped but was not enough, and that reducing his diet without using a diet rotation created other food intolerances, restricting his diet even more. It has been challenging, frustrating and discouraging at times but we are hopeful. Now with a no-grain, no-dairy rotation diet supplemented with probiotics and digestive enzymes, our son is growing again and sleeps much better, and is not constipated anymore. Not everything is easy and requires a lot of organization but it works.
A recent study published in JAMA Pedriatr. shows that children born outside the US have a lower prevalence of allergic disease that increases after residing in the US for ten years.
Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH; Eric L. Simpson, MD, MCR; Helen G. Durkin, PhD; Rauno Joks, MD, Prevalence of Allergic Disease in Foreign-Born American Children, JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(6):554-560. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.1319.
The study reports that “children born outside the United States have significantly lower prevalence of allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies. However, the odds of developing allergic disease significantly increased after residing in the United States for one decade or longer.” Continue reading
Gluten is the protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). A gluten free diet is required for people with celiac disease and other disorders where the intestinal mucosa becomes inflamed as a reaction against gluten.