I was looking into the current events surrounding Celiac Disease today, and found an article posted by a doctor entitled, “Rely on a Pediatrician-Not Parental Suspicion-to Diagnose Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance”.
In my experience, as a mother, Pediatricians haven’t been convinced enough of my children’s symptoms the first time I mentioned them….or repeatedly mentioned them…to feel compelled to look into it. My sister, who has some children with a mystery illness, has had similar experiences…yep, we’re related. This is a big part of the reason that many parents feel the need to diagnose or treat their children in a manner that is consistent with whatever food intolerance they believe they have. What if it works? What if your child doesn’t fit the mold?
I understand not imagining every sniffle and funky diaper to be a mountain when they are merely mole-hills. I understand that these people have gone to school for a really long time in order to do what they do, and they should get some credit for possibly knowing what they are talking (or not talking) about. They are the doctor. But, mix that with reality and a little good old fashioned watching your children and you should get some credit too. If it works, there may be something there. That’s how our journey started, an elimination diet. It took years to get someone to check our son, Bull, for a gluten intolerance…not just a wheat allergy, or the dairy intolerance that we had been working through for over 2 years. Sometimes symptoms are pretty similar.
With the increase in over produced foods, and GMO plants we are going to see that even “natural” products that, as the article says, “have been a part of the human diet forever” are going to be identified in the body as food-like products once they lose their genetic identity. As a mom who never believed in the GMO hype, I am now living it. When your child has detox symptoms that include vomiting and fever just because you took out wheat, sugar, and all dairy from your diet….something is terribly wrong. This was not just the child with celiac, this was ALL of us. Bodies don’t get the flu from real foods.
Another part of the article that I found interesting was the very pointed plug for “making sure that you balance your child’s diet.” I can’t tell you how many times that people have given me that glazed look when we tell them our kids don’t get protein from milk sources, or carbs from wheat….but I have found simple alternatives are best. It is not that hard if you are sticking to the basics.
I say we find a middle ground with the doctors. If a mom or dad comes to them with a concern, then they treat it with the same level of consideration and exploration that they would for their own child. Bingo, problem solved. Less parents taking the diagnosis into their own hands, and more children reaping the benefits of a thorough look…even if it’s nothing. And, we begin to educate on how to nourish our bodies without copious amounts of dairy and bread products, because food allergies and sensitivities are here, and they aren’t going away unless we change our ways.