Sunday, March 7, 2010

What we're doing/have done and where we're at!

For the sake of logging our progress I want to lay out what we've been doing and where we're currently at here.

Dietary:

Jack has IGE allergies to the following, from most severe to least:
(food)
Peanut
Dairy
Egg
Tree nuts
Soy
Corn
Red grapes
Green peas

(environmental)
Dust mite
Dogs
Mold
Cats

Jack has IGG allergies to the following:
Sugar cane, apple, apricot, cranberry, red grape, grapefruit, lemon, orange, papaya, peach, pear, rasberry, oyster, almond, amaranth, barley, kidney bean, lima bean, pinto bean, soy (huge!), coconut, corn, filber, wheat, lentil, oat, green pea (another huge), peanut, pean, rice, rye, spelt, walnut, asparagus, avocado, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, oion, bell pepper, sweet potato, white potato, pumpkin, radish, zucchini, tomato.

This indicated leaky gut (increased permeability) and got the ball rolling for the need to intervene beyond avoidance of allergens.

For the record, here's what tested as SAFE to eat:
Meat of all kinds, honey, banana, blueberry, pineapple, strawberry, fish, buckwheat, sunflower, beets, mushroom, olive. So that's mostly what we're working with. He does seem to be okay with the rice bread and Ian's alphabet potato fries that I give him with digestive enzymes.

Developmental concerns:
While Jack never experienced a regression in development we did begin to notice a drop off in progression around age 18 months when other children were passing him up verbally. His language came on late and lower than his peers. He has some delays in fine and gross motor skills but continues to progress and isn't far behind. Language came on stonger and faster when we began enzymes and removed soy and corn from his diet. He evaluated about a year behind in language back in October and the gap is closing.

Symptoms of leaky gut that have improved:
Anxiety is gone, improved ability to concentrate on tasks and regulate emotions. Tantrums are seldom, digestion has improved, looks healthier physically, increased appetite, and seems more tolerant of food rather than getting less and less tolerant like before treatment.

Supplements:
Basic multivitamin (contains A, C, D3, E, Calcium, Chromium, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Selenium,and Zinc) which is free of all allergens, very important! I also give him extra magnesium at night and extra molybdenum separately. Perma-Clear by Thorne which treats the gut lining with L-glutamine and N-Acetylglucosamine, contains quercetin which is a natural antihistamine, and probiotics. Digestive enzyme blend which helps break down the food he eats so that particles of the food are less likely to get into his blood stream causing an allergic response, also the enzymes give his body a vacation and hopefully will stimulate the production of enzymes in his own body. Vitamins are dosed once a day and perma-clear and enzymes are taken before each meal.

Jack is attending a preschool language group (speech therapy) through the school district and he loves it! He knows all of his classmates' names and loves greeting them and he adores his Teacher Sandi. I'm researching nearby preschools and looking into starting a part time program in the fall. In our (unbiased, lol) opinion Jack is doing amazingly!! He has had set backs but so understandably so when you look at what he's had to deal with. He is such a good big brother and is a very loving little boy. We're still working on independance so I utter the words "Jack can do it !!" at least 20 times a day but I'm slowly noticing him complete tasks on his own that he used to barely attempt before yelling "help mama hellllllp". He is three years old after all. He loves to draw, paint, play, dance, sing, and go to playgrounds. He's doing wonderfully at amusement parks, we're even considering a Disney trip soon. Before I would have thought the crowds and attractions would be too much for him but now my only concern is having to pack allergen free food! Of course now that Jack is a little dreamboat Harvey has started to form opinions and is climbing everything. He is a wrecking ball! I'm sure he'll mature out of this phase soon though and then I won't know what to do with myself. It's taken me two days to write this up but I want it to look back on!!

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