My 2yr 6 month year old has been having problems for a year now. Bloating being the biggie, one minute he has a flat tummy and the next he looks pregnant. He tells me it hurts. He’s ready for potty training but I’m too scared to try because he’s having about 3 loose (not diarrhoea) stools a day. They stink, seem a bit mucousy. I’m not usually bothered by smells but sometimes we need fresh air as they are so strong. I initially thought it was due to him licking things (wood/stones/fabric) that it was more of a bacterial thing. Finally a rash that looks like bumpy eczema in small patches but mainly on his back.
I took him to get weighed and he hadn’t gained in a year. The health visitor commented on his paleness, although I would say he is naturally pale, blonde, blue eyes, ginger dad. So we started keeping a food diary. Dairy seemed to be the problem. So we cut dairy out and saw massive improvements in his skin but no change anywhere else.
I took him to the GP and ended up seeing the nurse. Due to his lack of weight gain he got referred to the NHS dietician. We went through his daily foods, let her see his food diary and she recommended we try cutting gluten from his diet. She made another appointment for us to discuss cutting out gluten and give us some recommendations.
1 day later - Coronavirus lockdown. So our appointment was cancelled and we got a phone appointment booked. He’s had no blood tests, hasn’t seen a dr or been examined. I’m confused.
Why would he be recommended a gluten free diet. It could be ibs? Or similar?
Has anyone had experience with young children being advised to cut gluten?