This blog is dedicated to differently-abled children, particularly those diagnosed with a radial ray defect, hematological issues, Failure to Thrive, developmental delays, microcephaly, cerebellar dysgenesis or cerebral palsy.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Putting the kids on the gluten free diet

Since our adopted babies, Matthew and Emma, are really my biological grandchildren, they have a chance of having problems with gluten because I have celiac disease and their cousin Carly (my other granddaughter) has celiac disease. But I just found out recently that the kids biological father, Marcus, may have gluten issues himself, and that his brother had MS and celiac disease! The babies have the double whammy (celiacs on both sides of the family)!

Emma has the HLA DQ2 gene, so she definitely has a chance of developing issues with gluten. Both she and Matthew have skin problems like eczema and keratosis pilaris, which can be associated with celiac disease.

So I've decided that the WHOLE FAMILY goes gluten free as of NOW! We went to Whole Foods and bought gluten free crackers and chicken nuggets, and since I've now started making gluten free bread I think we're all set!


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JoAnn said...

Thanks for your nice comment, Deborah! My posting has been somewhat sporadic, but one of my New Year's Resolutions is to do a better job and post more often (with pictures!)

Take care,