Hi, I have a 21 month old who has been struggling with "food intolerances" since birth. She was exclusively breastfed until starting solids around 9 or 10 months and we are still happily nursing. She had severe reflux from day one and at around 2 months she started having green mucousy stools with blood streaks. I did a total elimination diet and by the time she was around 6 months we had it pretty well figured out and she started doing pretty well as long as I avoided the top eight allergens plus oats. When she started solids she started dealing with constipation and when we found that she was getting a hidden source of gluten we took it out and she became regular. She was sleeping awesome at 15 months, about 12 hours straight a night. At that point our then 2 1/2 year old went through a 3 month gluten challenge so she could be tested for celiac. We didn't plan on doing a gluten challenge with our 21 month old but it was hard to keep her from the food so we decided to have her do it as well, hoping that she could get tested also. She was miserable the entire 3 months and in the end the GI did not feel that it was necessary to test her. We immediately put her back on a gluten free diet and her symptoms improved but she is now not able to tolerate as many things as she was before the gluten challenge. We took her to an allergist which wasn't very knowledgeable on food issues, she wasn't very much help at all. Her main symptoms seem to be GI related but she does get red watery eyes and a runny nose. She also has gotten a itchy blistery rash on her bottom a few times and the last time she got it I was able to directly relate it to an accidental gluten exposure. I get a little overwhelmed sometimes just trying to figure it all out!
I guess my biggest question is does this sound like leaky gut we're dealing with or does she seem to be suffering from multiple food allergies?
Thanks so much for your help!