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    Hi folks,

    My name is Mollie. I’m American, but moved to Australia a couple of years ago. I’m in my thirties and a mother of 4, my youngest being 6 weeks old. I suspect that I’ve always been sensitive to gluten but I’ve been in denial for a number of years. I’m stubborn and didn’t want to give up breads and baked treats. I’m also an avid baker, so being gluten free requires a complete overhaul.

    My 6 week old has been experiencing really painful and frequent reflux. I read online about elimination diets and gluten seems to be the culprit for him. I was gluten free for a week and he started Zantac. To test if it was the gluten or Zantac I had a hamburger on a foccacia bun. Big mistake! That was Thursday, Friday and Saturday were miserable for the little guy. The only relief he got was when I formula fed him. This has pretty much solidified it in my mind that he’s sensitive/intolerant to gluten.

    The doctors and nurses poo poo the idea of a baby being sensitive/intolerant to gluten. They think it’s more likely to be dairy or gassy foods like onion, garlic, and broccoli. My baby does fine when I eat everything except gluten, but they look at me like I’m crazy. There was one nurse who would have understood as her son has Autisim and is gluten free, but she’s gone to another doctor’s practice.

    I’m thinking about ordering the DNA test kit for us both. I’m guessing the DNA kit would be accurate for a young baby. What do you think?

    I’m so glad to have found this website. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    Best wishes,


    Peter Osborne

    Hi Mollie,

    Sorry to hear about your troubles.  The DNA testing is accurate for all ages.  If you suspect gluten as a problem, I highly recommend that you get an answer.  The diet requires life long adherence without cheating to maintain health.

    Welcome to the forum!

    All the best,

    Dr. O


    Hi Mollie, I’m also from Australia. I self diagnosed back in nov , I had been misdiagnosed as having Crohn’s desease for four years. You just have to listen to your own body. It will tell you what’s up most of the time. When it comes to your children just stick with your instincts. I could not get a medical diagnosis for celiac, so my specialist was happy to just let me go on my way and figure it out myself. So I have done that, never felt better, except for the stomach bloat that looks like I have a sharks nose protruding from above my belly button. Makes me so depressed on a daily basis. Any hints as to how to eliminate this. I would be two dress sizes smaller if I could eliminate the bloat. Have a good week.

    Peter Osborne

    Hi Jeannine,

    You might try minimizing your overall simple carb intake (including fruits).  Often times the persistent bloating can be due to an intestinal yeast overgrowth. 

    This supplement helps with that problem as well –

    Let me know how it goes.

    All the best,

    Dr. OSmile

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