Mamas, I need desperate help here. I used to frequent this forum a lot when my now 4 yr old was a baby and we were struggling with allergies. I know this forum has a wealth of intelligent mamas who get the correlation between allergies, diet, supps, behavior, etc and I really need to draw on your knowledge and experience because I am at a loss. (sorry for the length!)
This thread is for my 11 year old. He has a dx of PDD-NOS and he suffers from terrible anxiety and is extremely irritable. He also has dry skin and lips, and chronic nasal congestion even after surgery. He has extreme sensory issues, especially auditory and tactile. He has a very limited diet and we haven't done much in way of diet to treat him because he just won't eat period. We just try to get calories into him. He gets cold easily and has low energy. He sleeps 12-14 hours a night but wakes exhausted.
However, in the last month he's gotten so much worse. Its like his health has crashed and I am extremely worried. His immune function has gone totally downhill - he's had flu symptoms twice for a week at a time in the last month! He has no appetite at all and wont really even eat foods he normally likes. I understand when he doesn't feel well he may not want to eat and I am ok with that, but we are going on day 7 (from flu bout #2) and this kid is still not eating. Today he had half a banana and a container of yogurt + water. I have to fight to get even Gatorade into him. Everything tastes bad to him. He complains of pain in his upper leg . It is not red or inflamed and I have consulted with a nurse who advised we treat him with fluids and rest. However we are on day 7 and that isn't getting better either. He spends most of his time in bed reading because he is so irritable he can't even be around the family. The sound of one of the LO's sniffing sends him through the roof. I am exhausted and trying to draw on what I know but its so overwhelming!
So I need advise for food and supplements that you think may help with immune boosting and overall healing of the body, esp gut and brain. I started him on a multi-vitamin 3 days ago that is fairly broad and small enough for him to swallow, but I feel like I need to target some issues directly with more focused supps, esp the big immune boosters - zinc, Vit C and Vit D. And since he isn't eating anyway, I thought this might be a good time to start over and get him eating the right foods. He responded well to a vegan diet we did as a family last year, and so I'd like to at least get dairy out, but I am thinking gluten too?
Any help or advice would be appreciated greatly. I am going to the HFS tonight to see what is available for supps. I don't have time to wait for mail-order at this point.