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DS, who is almost 4, has been seeing a traditional allergist for food intolerance since he was a toddler. He was diagnosed with a dairy and soy intolerance. His main symptom was diarrhea and an instant diaper rash, it was like the poo burned his bottom immediately after he went, even if I changed it the second he pooed. Once he was toilet trained it was harder to see the difference, and he eventually *seemed* to outgrow the soy allergy, which we were so happy about because it opens up so many foods. He is still off dairy. His paternal grandmother has diagnosed celiac. DH has many food allergies; I think he has celiac or at least a wheat intolerance as well, although the celiac test came back negative.<br><br>
To me, DS still has symptoms. He has dark circles under his eyes. His eating habits are weird, even for a 4yo. His stools are runny more often than not- they almost never hold their shape when you flush. He complains of stomach ache, and not just at times when he's trying to get out of doing something. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> And recently I noticed he has what looks like cradle cap underneath his lovely thick curls. I chalked it up to not washing his hair enough/thoroughly enough (he hates it), so tonight I put lots of shampoo on and really scrubbed. After the bath, it's still there.<br><br>
My gut feeling (ha) is that he has continued gut problems. My question is, who do I take him to? The allergist is not that helpful...I'm sure he is good with severe allergies, but for something like what's going on with my son, he's just not going to take it seriously. There's a holistic pediatrician nearby. There's a holistic nutritionist nearby too. There are hardcore specialists of every type in NYC, which is reachable but a pain to travel to with my two little ones.<br><br>
I am so busy right now and am overwhelmed at the thought of taking this on, but the cradle cap was the final straw for me- I really feel he needs some kind of change, and I would like some direction from a specialist. I just don't know who! Any suggestions?
 

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The first thing I would do is take the soy back out, since often when you add a food back in, the symptoms change.<br><br>
An osteopath could help (he may have gut problems as well as food intolerances, and our osteo ordered a Genova stool test for DS that gave us good information). Some naturopaths would be good. Sometimes you can get a good pediatric GI (sometimes not). An elimination diet on our own is what a lot of people here choose because the doctors we've found haven't been very helpful, unfortunately.
 

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To me, it depends on the direction of your thoughts on health and healing.<br><br>
For me and my family, we would see a holistic nutritionist (of the options you listed and because I actually see one for my own issues). Presumably, this person would have the knowledge for helping the whole family, which is a big plus for me. Often, things are intertwined and synergistic.<br><br>
I would exhaust the easy options before making life more complicated with specialists and travel.<br><br>
Maybe a call to each of the easy places will help you decide where you feel most comfortable? If neither, then time to find other options. Best wishes!
 

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I have used kinesiologist, naturopath, and would love to have an osteopath and homeopath as well.
 

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I have used kinesiologist, naturopath, and would love to have an osteopath and homeopath as well.
 

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It sounds to me like you have some clear symptoms of intolerance, and some suspect foods - so I'd just try taking them out (first soy, then gluten if needed). I'd go that far before heading to more doctors - as others have said, that can be a hit and miss project trying to find one who can really help.
 

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i wonder in what part of the nyc area you are? i am in ne new jersey, about 20 minutes outside of nyc. i have a local chiropractor who does applied kinesiology who helped us a lot with finding food intolerances. she really helped us find the right direction initially. i have also recently started taking my son to an integrative medicine md in morristown. her specialty area is gut dysbiosis and it's relation to food intolerance etc... she ordered the food intolerance tests, stool analysis etc... we are to see her next week for results. she is really wonderful and i am hopeful she will be the next step for us in healing. both of these practitioners, as well as the wise mamas here on mdc, help us much more than any allergist, pediatrition or dermatologist that we tried over the past few years. pm me if you are interested in names...gl<br><br>
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