I had a Dr. House moment the other day. My oldest child was covered in hives for the second day in a row. Clearly she is allergic to something and I'm fairly confident, despite the lack of an MD degree, that it is not, as she suggests, an allergy to her brother. And then it hits, AHA, the new sports laundry detergent that has such a fabulous scent. After rinsing her clothes in water she is now hive free!
So now I tackle my greater pediatric mystery and the reason for deciding to blog. My youngest has had reoccurring gastric issues for a year. Constipation, stomach pain, anxiety and several laboratory tests to try to get to the bottom of his discomfort.
Thankfully we have ruled out major, life-threatening conditions. However, his continued discomfort is affecting his school attendance and his confidence as more than one doctor suggests he just needs to deal with it.
I had previously disregarded celiac/gluten intolerance, however, I am now revisiting this theory after several hours of online research. Unfortunately I wouldn't be in the dark if the phlebotomist hadn't botched his latest blood tests but as I am reluctant to take him for another "poke" I am still unsure. UNTIL I found the home celiac/gluten intorerance test. Way to go Biocard, a Canadian company who provides at home test kits for $50. Can't wait for the Snowbirds to arrive so we can move forward with this test.
Although a gluten-free lifestyle would be restrictive I am excited about the prospect of finding out what is causing his pain and relieving him once and for all.