Why Our Son is trying the Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet

Our son is 7 and has high functioning Aspergers with sensory processing issues.  He has had digestive issues since he was born which at it’s worst had him up awake screaming up to 10 times each night.

He’s visited the pediatrician so many times, had allergy tests visited gastroenterologists and none of them could give us an answer.  The best they could recommend was letting him scream it out or over the counter products.

In 2010 we started to notice our son seemed to be lactose intolerant so we reduced his total dairy intake and only allowed him low lactose foods and his behaviour started to improve.  Due to senstivities to sulfites I decided to remove foods containing high fructose corn syrup, corn flour and other foods containing hidden sulfites.  The agitation and aggression reduced a little further…  I was relieved to see such positive changes.  A few times we introduced foods only to discover him getting hyped up again, which would lead me to double check a few labels a sure enough I’d accidently let the corn flour back in…

After being low lactose for almost 6 months I had to go back to Australia on an unplanned trip without the family.  I got back to a very bouncy child… it turned out daddy had decided to let him have dairy whenever he wanted whilst I was gone…

Two weeks ago we decided to bite the bullet and try gluten free and casien free.  Well the first week went OK but we found it very hard to give our picky eater enough to eat.  Many of the popular gluten free, casein free products I researched and had great reviews were turned down after just 4 bites.  He lost a pound that week, and he really doesn’t have any weight to lose.

Week Two I conceded to bread for lunch so I could get some protein in his diet.    He wouldn’t have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the gluten free bread and I can’t say I blame him.  We maintained dairy free the whole week and to my surprise our picky eater drank a whole glass of almond milk.

We are now in Week Three and things are getting easier.  Breakfast and snacks are easy and dinner is going to definitely need a revamp.  My mission now is to find or make a bread that he will eat and ensure that I am including an adequate amount of protein in his diet.

If you are going to go on the gluten and/or casein free diet I highly recommend changing one meal per week.  Once you have substituted gluten free breakfasts, then substitute dinner, then snacks, followed by lunch.  The aim is to completely remove the unwanted food over a 1 month period.

Have you tried a gluten free or casein free diet?  Do you have any tips or favorite foods?

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