Irritable Child May Have Celiac Disease

Article by Neil Miller

Does your child have a bad attitude or is it an intolerance to Gluten? My son, Carson, started his life as a happy baby for the most part. Never known as a good sleeper but was always pleasant to be around. As he got a little older, he started becoming cranky. If you have an irritable child, he may have celiac disease.

When my son was just under one year, my wife and I had a really hard time with him. He was not good natured by any means. I told him that his good looks would only take him so far in life! My son never seemed to have a good appetite and now we know why.

His sleeping habits were awful. He would wake up many times through the night. He probably had a stomach ache but we didn’t know it.

Looking back on pictures and videos, my wife and I noticed that when he ate more solid foods he looked sickly. His Eczema would flare up really bad on his face and he was very thin. His stools NEVER looked normal. They were always a gray or yellowish color. Also, his hair was not growing and his teeth were slow to come in.

After doing a lot of research, we found that our son had many of the same symptoms of Celiac Disease. We put him on a Gluten free diet for a few months and then went back to the specialist. He was back on the growth chart for both his height and weight. Our doctor could not believe how well Carson looked. He concluded that the new diet was working and that we should keep him on it.

I wanted to share my experience with frustrated parents who don’t know why their child is cranky and irritable. They may very well not feel good because they have a food allergy, an intolerance to Gluten, or they have Celiac Disease.

If you think your irritable child may have Celiac Disease try changing their diet. I would give it at least a few weeks. You want to avoid foods such as bread, pizza crust, noodles, and many cereals. There are Gluten free breads and noodles you can buy. Fruits, vegetables, and most dairy products are naturally Gluten free.

If the diet doesn’t help, at least you ruled some things out. If it does help, then you might be on the path to a less stressful and happier life with your son or daughter.

Neil M Miller and his wife have a young son with Celiac Disease. For special offers on gluten free food, recipes, and more information on how to live Gluten Free visit MY WEBSITE

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