Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Racoon | 2011-10-24

Q.

Wheat intolerance?

Dear Prof

I have written to you before about my 1 yo who became constipated on formula when I stopped breastfeeding him. We changed to Novalac IT which worked, but then led to diarrhea, and consequently changed to Isomil which he is still on. The problem is that he is still getting a runny tummy on an off. Furthermore he has had a runny yellow nose for months, and on you recommendation started giving him Allecet, which pretty much cleared up his nose. The problem is that the runny tummy is happening more frequently, and it goes hand in hand with severe nappy rash and slight oral thrush. I am starting to suspect a wheat intolerance? He had diarrhea this weekend, which suddenly became much worse after brithday cake and a Weetbix breakfast (he usually has oats). He also has a fine rash over his body. Could this be a wheat intolerance? I have sent wheat-free Purity meals to creche for the week as they have bits of pasta in their cooked lunch. Can he continue with the oats, or would the bit of gluten in it also cause a problem? He is well and happy otherwise, although a bit on the light side for his length (I need to weigh him though). You thoughts please? many thanks.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You may well have identified the cause of your son's intermittent diarrhoea. He could well be allergic to or intolerant of wheat. Try him on a completely wheat-free diet for at least 10 days and see if there is any improvement.If there is,continue on this diet. He can have other forms of gluten for the time-being, but if there is no improvement a complete gluten-free diet would be the next step.A wheat-free diet is very difficult to achieve. Read as much as possible on Google. Also read all food labels carefully to make sure that products are wheat free.

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