Saturday, July 11, 2009

First Step - IgG Testing . . .

Greg had the IgG Standard Food Family Sensitivity Assay (115 items) by Immuno Laboratories. His allergic reactions were as follows:

Oat +4
Wheat +4
Rice +3
Soybean +3
Coconut +2
Garlic +2
Mustard +2
Peanut +2
Sesame +2
Almond +1
Banana +1
Barley +1
Cantaloupe +1
Cashew Nut +1
Corn +1
Egg +1
Eggplant +1
Milk, Cow’s +1
Pea +1
Rape Seed (Canola) +1
Rye +1
Safflower +1
Tomato +1
Walnut +1

This test was run after almost 6 months of eating Gluten Free, Casein Free and Soy Free. +4 being most severe reaction. No product containing gluten, casein or soy had touched his lips for almost 6 months. This told me that he has a true sensitivity to wheat, oat & soy. Rice surprised me as Greg was living on rice…rice milk, rice flour (pancakes, chicken nugget coating, bread, rice chex snack mix…just about everything he ate each day was rice based). The doctor explained to me that his system was overwhelmed by all the rice products, so it’s only defense is to become “allergic”, or sensitive to it, in hopes that you will quit eating so much of it.

Allergy Rotation Diet . . . Where To Start?

If you have made your way to this page, then you know what GFCF is…probably even GFCFSF. But it’s not enough for your child. Gluten Free, Casein Free, Soy Free all provided great results…but your child’s gut is still not working properly. Constant diarrhea, mixed with constipation, swollen tummy. You’ve got your IgG results back…now what do I do?!

The 4-day Allergy Rotation Diet worked for us.

I am going to describe our situation, and what we did. Use this to get started, and change things as they work for your situation. I know how overwhelming it all is…all the results, all the allergies. It’s so hard to know where to start.

Please know that I am NOT a doctor, nurse or nutritionist. I am simply a mom who went to see many of these doctors, did hours of reading and researching…and came up with something that worked for us.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Beginning...

Greg was born on February 11, 2006 at 39 weeks via planned c-section. He was 7lbs 10oz, 21 inches...the picture of health. Greg was a fantastic nurser...latched on right away and never looked back.

His growth continued on track until sometime between his 6mo and 9mo check-up. He went from being in the 90-95th percentile height & weight, to 85th, then to 70th then to 40th...dropping at each appointment. At the same time his head circumference went from the 90th percentile to off the charts, over 100th percentile.

With 20/20 hindsight, I see the problems began when baby cereals were introduced. I followed the rules and waited until 6 months, and he loved it, and I don't recall any bowel problems. Oh how I wish I had seen the growth problem then, but sadly I didn't even notice. The doctor expressed no concerns either.


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