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My nursing DD and I are currently wheat-free to see if a food allergy is related to some of her health issues. Long story. Anyways, what I would like to know is how long do you have to be wheat-free before you would notice a change? Also, a few times I discovered wheat in things after I ate them, not realizing (like wheat gluten in a packaged product). Would I basically have to start our wheat-free stint over again or is a little slip up here and there not that big of a deal?<br><br>
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It really depends on the child. Evan would react to the smallest thing I ate that he was reactive to so a little slip here and there would make a big difference. You have to make sure BEFORE you eat anything that it's o.k. It's a pain, but doable and necessary. Here's some things to look for in a wheat free diet. I still tried to stick w/ food marked gluten free when we were just wheat free b/c I knew those were o.k. instead of having to read ingredients etc.<br><br>
How to read a label for a WHEAT free diet:<br>
barley<br>
beer<br>
bran<br>
bread crumbs<br>
bulgur<br>
cereal extract<br>
couccous<br>
cracker meal<br>
dextrin<br>
distilled vinegar<br>
durum, durum flour<br>
enriched flour<br>
farina<br>
gluten<br>
graham flour<br>
high gluten flour<br>
high protein flour<br>
malt<br>
rye<br>
seitan<br>
semolina<br>
soft wheat flour<br>
spelt<br>
vital gluten<br>
wheat (bran, germ, gluten, malt, starch)<br>
whiskey<br>
whole wheat berries<br>
whole wheat flour<br><br>
Ingredients that MAY indicate presence of wheat:<br>
gelantinized starch<br>
hydrolyzed vegetable protein<br>
modified food starch<br>
modified starch<br>
natural flavoring<br>
soy sauce<br>
starch<br>
vegetable gum<br>
vegetable starch
 

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Great list Jennifer! Yes, the severity can depend on how sensitive the child is to gluten. Unfortunately, gluten is one of those things that stays in your system for a long time. When my mom was diagnosed with Celiac, the doctor told her that it would take months for it to get out of her system. However, you should be able to see improvements pretty quickly.
 

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My dd reacts majorly to the smallest wheat slip-up in my diet. We start from scratch then. And my naturopath has us on a gluten free diet now, to heal from the wheat allergy.
 

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Is barley wheat? I didn't think it was! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap">
 

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Barley isn't wheat but barley protein is similar to wheat protein and many people are allergic to both, and people with Celiac disease can't have barley gluten either.
 

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Also, oats are generally not considered wheat free due to x-contamination.
 
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