I wouldn't doubt this has been posted before & apologize for my lack of ability to search through all the previous threads. Hoping I can get some links to resources, either threads on Mothering, blogs, websites, whatever, on guidelines for gluten trials.
My biggest question, as I read labels within our house, is for a trial how strict should I be about avoiding foods that were packaged in a facility that also handles wheat/gluten products? My very first label read was my bag of steel-cut oats, which DD2 and I have for breakfast pretty much every single morning. And of course packaged in a facility that also handles gluten products. If we do have gluten sensitivity, wouldn't we see an effect by eliminating definite gluten sources & can make a decision on eliminating these types of products after we know for certain there is an issue? Yes, I can find another source for this product without the possibility of gluten contamination, but when I can but a 3# bag from Costco for $4 and it costs me $4 for less than a pound at the co-op, I hate to unilaterally say I won't eat it any more without knowing. Food costs are definitely an issue for us & I know our costs are going to go up at least short-term as I figure this out. We can get a lot of the whole grain/organic products we enjoy from Costco for SO much cheaper than the co-op. . .I can already see that we are going to have to make some tough choices re. food - do I compromise on organic produce or meat so we can afford gluten-free products? Agh.
So, anyhow, some background -
After several years of wondering, I am ready to do a trial of gluten free for at least my 2 DDs and myself. I have a ton of minor symptoms (and a couple chronic major illnesses) that are on the list for gluten intolerance. I have lifelong issues with eczema (controlled almost 100% by no longer using any chemicals on my skin, in our family's soaps, detergents, etc.), migraine headache, minor bowel issues (not really diarrhea, but urgency & frequent BMs. . . I basically never have a formed stool). I was diagnosed hypothyroid about 10 years ago & am stable on a relatively low dose of thyroid. Still have chronic hair loss. Some other minor issues that are also possibilities (vitiligo, minor recurring vertigo). But, main reason I haven't tried GF previously is all these conditions can be attributed to other causes. It's all so vague! I'm reluctant to overhaul my whole family's diet for vague reasons.
So what's finally gotten me motivated to do a trial is that DD2 (4 years) has severe dental issues. She has decay in most of her top teeth, despite good oral hygiene and our best efforts. Reading about enamel defects, I am continuously seeing gluten intolerance as a potential cause. Thing is, she has NO other symptoms. But, I suppose she could be generally healthy enough & still getting enough anti-inflammatory factors through breastmilk to minimize/mask anything else. And the dental issues are bad enough. On the dental lists, I keep seeing things like canker sores & tonsillar "stones' linked to gluten (I have both chronically). Also seeing migraines & abdominal migraines listed - DD1 has eczema, abdominal & traditional migraines, I have chronic migraines.
So comments would be appreciate!