I am curious, those who have little ones with Celiac, what were their symptoms? I suspect I have Celiac and my almost 3 year old as well and possibly even my mom and her parents. Digestive issues and lactose/dairy issues run in my family. None of us have ever been tested for Celiac.
My son will be 3 in August and ever since he was born he has been a poor sleeper. And by poor I mean even now, he goes to bed at 7pm and he will usually wake every hour until I go to bed (we have co-slept since he was 5 weeks). When he was an infant he would usually sleep well in a swing and I have pretty much confirmed he has reflux still. His symptoms are :
reflux-refuses to lay down for diaper changes, refuses to sleep or nap until exahausted, won't even lay down on the couch, dentist says he has enamel issues which look like reflux damage.
tummy aches-he sleeps with his knees to his chest a lot and complains his tummy hurts
underweight-he is almost 3 and 25 pounds, although very tall for his age I think he is too skinny, altthough he does have a lil belly that looks similar to celiac belly.
Stools-his stools are still never really solid and they often are really foul smelling with a yellowish color and undigested food. He is not constipated though and does not get diarrhea.
Picky eater- he is very picky and doesn't eat enough (imo) and he wants sugar all the time
Yeast- he STILL has thrush and we have been battling it since Dec 2012. He gets diaper rashes too :(
Teeth-his teeth seem to be yellowing and I am thinking it is from reflux.
-Behavior- He is a generally sweet child but within the last 6 months to a year is starting to be more aggressive and out of control sometimes, very fussy and cranky.
-dark circles under eyes and redness around eyes
I have cut out dairy for 2 weeks now thinking that was the issue but it has not seemed to benefit him which is why I am thinking it is gluten :( Any advice would be great. TIA :)
It definitely wouldn't hurt to cut out gluten. Honestly, we've never been tested either, but my son gets SO aggrivated SO quickly, and gets aggressive whenever he has gluten. I wouldn't be surprised if you guys, did. We're huge fans of the Paleo diet but can't do it right now, and through my research have come to the general consensus that humans were never designed to eat grains in the first place. And we certainly haven't "adapted" to be able to do so. They're toxic raw, and during our very beginnings of our species, we would have NEVER had the proper tools to cook them to where they were edible. Beyond that, it's hypothesized that in order to truly digest grains, an animal must have a gizzard, and the only ones that do are birds and insects.
Personally, I feel awful when I eat gluten. I feel sluggish, like my body is weighed down with sand, and I get tired easily. I have more energy after fasting, than I do eating gluten. That's ridiculous.
Cows are herbivores, and from I've read, do absolutely terrible when fed grains. There's a huge difference between grain-fed, and grass-fed, and cows fed on grass are typically healthier, stronger, and produce livelier offspring, whereas cows fed on grains are sickly, and pestered with many ailments..... a lot like humans, actually.
If you suspect Celiac, DO NOT STOP GLUTEN till you get the testing done. None of the diagnostic tests can be done once gluten is removed.
Those symptoms don't scream Celiac to me but the signs and symptoms are so varied with the disease, who knows.
Good luck figuring it out.