We suspect some sort of gluten intolerance in my husband and my 2 year old son but both test negative for the gluten blood test (sorry I don't know what is was called exactly).
What would you recommend that we do?
Obviously they shouldn't be eating wheat, but I would like to have some sort of diagnosis so (a) that we don't feel like it's all in our heads, (b) to keep us motivated to not eat wheat, and also (c) so others (grandparents) actually take it seriously.
My son has eczema, cracky/dry toenails like his dad's, random diarrhea, and lately he's been gassy a lot and waking at night seeming uncomfortable. I say "lately" but I'm almost wondering now if it's something that has been going on for a while, and we've just sort of gotten used to him waking for no real reason. He's just 2 and can't really explain how he feels, so that makes it a tad difficult
My husband seems get diarrhea when he eats wheat, but then he'll slowly creep back to it, and it doesn't affect him every single time, so he'll start to think that it was just in his head, and that he can get away with eating some here and there, and then bam! he starts to have problems every time he has just a little bit. It seems sort of cumulative. I also think he's just so used to the digestive issues that it's become his "normal." I've suspected for a while that he has malabsorption issues (cracking toenails, dry skin, stretch marks on his back from growing as a teenager, dark eye circles...just overall doesn't look vibrant) ...but couldn't but my finger on the reason, but then when we start talking about his issues with wheat, he mentions that he's had these digestion issues his whole life and that his parents never thought anything of it because his dad was the same way, so they said that he just inherited his dad's "bad digestion." Oh brother.
Anyway, what would you advise me to do in this situation?