Hoping someone can help me out with any suggestions to discuss with our GP in the new year - I'm a bit all over the place with this, so bear with me!
Long story short is this:
DD (2.5) had a terrible nappy rash that started almost 18 months ago, we had no luck with anything we tried, saw saw 3 GP's who prescribed different AB's to see if it was something in her gut, didn't work. Went to a dermatologist, and after trying disposable nappies, more AB's, creams and fairly harsh steroid creams, we got almost nowhere. The only thing that ended up helping was cornstarch, but it only helps to a degree. It finally came up at mothers group, and another mother mentioned that her son had been through something similar, and that it ended up being a problem with gluten that was making his poo so harsh it basically burned his bottom. It also meant he had a lot of trouble becoming poo-trained, although he had been dry for quite a while.
I saw our GP, and he said it didn't sound like a gluten problem, but in his experience, gluten issues are often quite far from 'textbook' - I had told him that she was a bit better when DD had less bread (often has 2 slices at lunch) . He ordered a blood test for DD, testing for Celiac disease, along with other deficiencies (iron etc).
We went and had the blood test, but DD was very distressed, and they didn't get enough blood for any of the tests
- they needed 3 vials.
Before going back for a re-test, I did some research, and decided we would try a week of lactose free eating, then a week of gluten-free for DD. The lactose-free week helped a little, and the gluten-free week seemed to help a lot - DD had poos that I could roll into the toilet, instead of scrape off her nappy.
As I told the doctor, she doesn't seem to have any classic signs of celiac disease, but that bread is her main problem. I'm concerned that a blood test will only tell us if she has celiac, but not if she has a sensitivity (if that's the right word) to gluten.
I'm hesitant to take her off gluten altogether, because I've been led to understand that gluten is important in a diet if you're not intolerant.
Sorry for the life-story, all I really wanted to ask was: Is a blood test the best answer?
or is there something else I could bring up with the GP to try first - I'd like to spare DD the trauma again if possible!
This post has been edited by HeroOfCanton: 29/12/2012, 06:18 PM