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possible wheat/gluten allergy in 12 week old baby?

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#1 flyingpenguin

Posted 11 April 2012 - 04:51 PM

We'll be seeing our family doctor on Monday to talk about this, thought I'd post to see what I could find out beforehand.

DS is 12 weeks old and exclusively breastfed. For the last four weeks he's often been unsettled during the day - catnapping, lots of painful farts and green poo, sometimes also liquid poo. He's sometimes had a contact rash around his mouth after breastfeeding and one time he vomited too (more than just the little sicks he usually does after a feed). One time he did a poo with fresh blood in it sad.gif  I rang the mchn line straight away and they said not to worry unless it happened a second time - which it hasn't.

I'm tracking what I eat (for weight loss purposes) and I've been back over the diary and I've noticed that the contact rashes and liquid poo/vomiting happen after I've eaten a lot of bread. He doesn't seem to be bothered when I have just a small amount.

I tried going gluten free and after 24 hours he slept a 7 stretch overnight for the first time ever. I'm wondering though if it would be better to keep eating a small amount of gluten as maybe exposure at this time reduces the risk of allergy later?

Overall he's a happy healthy little boy making extremely good weight gains (about 300g per week). I've also had some oversupply problems which I think play into some of this.

I have a three year old DD with a peanut allergy and DH and I have asthma/allergies in our families.

Any thoughts, experiences, advice or resources I could look at?

#2 30bt

Posted 12 April 2012 - 06:07 PM

Don't think it is probably related to gluten. But it could be wheat- although usually a food allergy when it comes through the breast milk seems to cause skin to get excema.

I think more likely to be oversupply problem than anything else.

ASCIA (professional body of allergists) do not recommend you remove anything from your diet without really good advice from an immunologist.
ASCIA's position paper on this is

#3 flyingpenguin

Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:12 PM

Thanks 30bt!

The doctor wasn't much help - she didn't understand oversupply at all (she wrongly thought I was worried about his weight and that I was proposing underfeeding DS to fix the problem) and when I asked about the timing of introducing solids she said that she gave her own daughter solids at 3 months because she was hungry!!

She did think either a wheat or milk allergy was possible and said that I'd find out for sure when I introduced solids. That bit seemed sensible.

I've read the ASCIA guidelines and will keep some wheat in my diet - small amounts don't seem to cause him any grief. He's doing better with the wind pain since I've stopped eating the big quantities of wheat, but is still having some green poo/farting issues that I think are oversupply issues rather than anything else. I've read up about it online and have put some strategies in place but will get some more help if it doesn't improve soon.

Edited by flyingpenguin, 19 April 2012 - 09:14 PM.

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