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Can anyone give me the symptoms of sensitivity to wheat? My gut reaction has always been that wheat bothers DD (she's 12 mos). I've noticed she's cranky has diarrhea and crampy stomach when she's had it. Could be coincidence, but I would rather just cut it out all together and try to re-introduce it later.<br><br>
Also, she's turning one next week and I need a recipe for a wheat free cake. .. Any ideas?
 

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Wheat sensitivity is very common and very real. Those symptoms could be an allergy. There is also an autoimmune reaction to wheat called celiac disease that is genetic- this disease is very serious and not an allergy but autoimmune response.<br><br>
You can go to your local health food store and buy a gluten-free flour mix that substitutes cup for cup with wheat and use it in your favorite cake recipe.<br><br>
(I have CD and have taken the gluten out of all our diets and my daughter no longer complains of stomach aches and my 19-month-olds constipation cleared up as well).<br><br>
Good luck and Happy Birthday to your dd!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime">
 

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DS had a wheat sensitivity until he was a little over a year old. For his b-day cake I just got one of those "wheat-free" cake mixes and it was amazing! It tasted SO good. Otherwise, most suggestions say to use spelt in the place of flour in your fave. recipes. I tried it in a banana bread recipe that didn't have much flour in it and it tasted great--not exactly the same, but a really good flavor to it.
 

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I use spelt flour as a complete substitute for wheat flour & found it works great in all my usual recipes.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I didn't know if non-wheat flours could substitute in the exact amounts.<br><br>
I am fairly certain DD is intolerant of wheat. Everyone else is skeptical, but, call it mother's intuition or whatever, I am fairly certain that she is. I cut it out of her diet 3 weeks ago and she seems much better. She seems ok with oats, so I'm fairly certain it's not CD, but I haven't completely written off CD either.<br><br>
If anyone knows of any good online resources, please let me know!<br><br>
Thanks. m
 

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My ds was allergic/intollerant of wheat until shortly after his 2nd birthday. Spelt is a very close relative of wheat and he reacted to it, also. However buckwheat isn't actually wheat. Mixes that are gluten-free sometimes still have parts of the wheat and didn't work for us. I never developed a good cake batter, try as I might. He is also allergic to dairy so that made it even harder. However, we did figure out how to make some pretty good muffins, and pancakes. Would you like those recipes?
 

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re: the recipes, yes, please.<br><br>
I read an article about CD this week that mentioned that lactose intolerance can also be a symptom of CD. I am lactose intolerant and my mother feels better when she doesn't eat wheat. I am starting to wonder if we both have mild cases of CD and that maybe DD does too.<br><br>
Although last night we gave her brown rice "spaghetti" with some marinara and she was up ALL NIGHT. I am now trying to remember back to the times that she was restless, cranky etc and most times it was when she had spaghetti. So I'm wondering if the marinara is giving her heartburn or if she has reflux (without the spitting up) and not a wheat intolerance. When we cut out wheat her diet naturally got a lot "blander" so maybe that's why she's been feeling better. It's a function of her having less heartburn rather than less wheat. She was a very colic-y baby, but we never looked into reflux because she didn't spit up. This is so hard. The teachers at her daycare are going to start thinking I'm crazy - we're vegetarian so we don't give her meat. And then we put a ban on wheat. And now maybe it's not that but rich/spicy foods....sigh.
 

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The hard part of food intolerances is that there are often more than one food that is the problem. Tomatoes are a big problem with cranky babies. Both my kids have tomato sensitivities, as did my sister's kids and my best friend's child.<br><br>
Lactose intolerance can be a sign of CD- and that often improves on a gluten-free diet. The thing about CD is there are no mild cases- only mild symptoms. the symptoms aren't a reliable indicator of the damage to your small intestine. If you have untreated CD, your chance of mortality at any given age is twice as high as the rest of the population.
 

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Thank you for clarifying between mild symptoms and mild case of CD. This is definitely something I'm going to talk to her pedi about. Food intolerances are so hard. I have new sympathy for my own mother who had to battle with pedis and the school system to convince them that I could actually be "allergic" (we now know the correct term is intolerant) to milk.
 
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