Here is a brief timeline:
- 0-6 months old: lots of colic, reflux, and green mucusy stools. EBF with me on a restricted diet
- 7 months old: Did skin testing and got an EpiPen for eggs. Wheat and dairy also reacted but not nearly as much
- 9/10 months old: introduced solids of bone broth and avocados. Noticed weight loss. Gave him raw coconut oil to fatten him up, and he got a double ear infection (around 17 months his blood work revealed allergies to coconut and peanuts). Had a reaction to Cipro prescribed for ear infection which resulted in a full body rash and abdominal distention
- 10-16 months: Lots of GI issues and stomach bloating. Noticed weight loss. Passing undigested food. Did stool and blood work.
Bloodwork showed IgG positive reaction to coconut and peanuts via Great Plains Lab. Stool testing showed no lactobacillus strains in beneficial bacteria and a quick fecal transit time, exemplifying possible poor absorption of nutrients.
Modified his diet further so he was egg, dairy, grain, gluten, nuts, seed, soy and grape free and also added some supplements (probiotics, high doses of DHA, digestive enzymes, collagen, camu powder, and a vegan protein shake) into his diet and noticed it made a BIG difference. He gained 2 pounds and started to digest his food better.
- 16-17 months: got a nasty virus and spend a few days vomiting. I gave him high doses of activated charcoal, and he passed tiny dead worms (yes I know- awful). The doctor assured me its “extremely common in toddlers” but that didn’t make it any less disgusting. Did stool testing and it was negative. Not sure if that was one of many issues or the root. Blood work showed likely malabsorption of proteins and possible other nutrients.
Currently, we are doing more labs. Our GI ped in St. Pete wants to check his thyroid functions and rule out a few other things including celiac disease.
I feel like he has a “leaky gut,” scientifically known as intestinal permeability. “When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream. Your immune system marks these ‘foreign invaders’ as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the nine signs you have a leaky gut, which are listed below.” – Mind Green Body
Signs of Leaky Gut:
- Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
- Seasonal allergies or asthma.
- Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
- Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
- Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
- Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
- Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
- Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
- Food allergies or food intolerances.
Leaky gut is caused by food, infections, and toxins… and Elliott fits the bill.
We will continue working with his doctors to make sure it’s not metabolic but my main goal is to repair his gut lining and get him to a place where he can absorb nutrients better in order to let his body thrive.
I must admit, it’s been quite a roller coaster. Anyone who has a sick child knows. Searching for answers and trying to pinpoint the root is exhausting, but I cannot explain the peace we have.
We feel everyone’s prayers and know God’s plan for Elliott is healing. I threw up my hands in frustration recently on my Facebook page and just said “I don’t know, and we need prayer.” I was just so supported by our tribe and felt like the weight was lifted off of our family and being carried by our friends and family. Being “The Snap Mom,” I have said for the last 18 months “I got this! We can fix this.” It was liberating to just say, “I don’t know, and we need more help.” There is so much grace in humility, and I wish I had “quit” much earlier.
Thanks for catching up with me! We will keep you posted.
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xoxo Krystle K
*If you or your child is dealing with allergies or autoimmune issues I suggest you connect with our allergies/autoimmune guru Lindsay Tuttle.
Here are a few things she recommends for children dealing with such issues: