I have a sneaking suspicion that DD2 might have a gluten sensitivity. However, she tested negative for all allergies including wheat. I have heard some gluten-free folks say that gluten sensitivity doesn't show up on an allergy test, but I am having trouble understanding why it wouldn't. Can someone clarify this? Also, could anyone say if the following is in line with possible gluten sensitivity symptoms:
DD2 is going to be 8 in March and she weaned at age 2.5.
1. Though she was my chubbiest baby, she is now quite skinny: 52" and 51lbs and she has become skinny pretty fast in the past 4 years or so. This is despite a hearty appetite and whole organic foods being made readily available to her.
2. She has nummular eczema that gets worse in the winter and *sort of* responds to topical treatment with calendula cream and some rx Elidel for flare ups, but if we don't apply lotion twice/day to her entire body she has flare ups. Also it has gotten steadily worse every year for the past 4 years, encompassing more of her body each year. This year even her beautiful face was affected.
3. She has HORRIBLE smelling gas. I mean HORRIBLE!! And it's nearly constant! We are a vegan family and so yes, we do eat a lot of beans and things like that but her gas is by far more offensive than any of the other family members' and it seems it's non-stop! The gas is sometimes better if we keep up with giving her acidophilus pills but it's never really what I think is normal.
4. She has had "phantom" stomach pains from time to time. She doesn't seem to complain about them as much as she used to but I could never ascertain the cause.
My situation is complicated by the fact that I am divorced and share custody of her with her dad. I would simply put her on an elimination diet to see if her symptoms improved but her stepmom doesn't think it's practical to be both vegan and gluten free (her dad and stepmom are not vegan or vegetarian but up til now have agreed to respect her diet choices). I know that vegan and gluten free can be done but I don't think they want to be inconvenienced and would rather she sacraficed her veganness, because it's not a "necessity" like an allergy or intolerance. But being vegan is important to her at this point. She really doesn't want to eat non-vegan foods and feels very strongly about being vegan. I feel it's wrong to impose non-vegan foods on her when this is her philosophy and when I know it's possible to be gluten free and vegan. Is there any way to tell, short of an elimination diet, to tell if she may have a gluten sensitivity? Also any advice on how I could approach her dad and stepmom about how to respect her convictions while accommodating an elimination diet?