Gluten free and dairy free diet

Naomi - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I am about to put my 3 year old on a special gluten and dairy free diet. This has been recommended by a specialist. I just have no idea what to feed him and where to start. If anyone has any good recipes or suggestions on products etc I would really appriciate it.

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Claire - posted on 06/01/2013

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Our daughter started her new diet three days ago she is two and suffered terrible irritability and chronic sleep issues also infections I'm looking forward to his new way of life just wondering because she has terrible constipation I'm worried the almond milk will make it worse any advise I will love to hear

Theresa - posted on 12/29/2012

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You should check out the book "The Beginning to a Gluten Free Lifestyle" @ Amazon.com. It's a great starter book with a shopping list and recipes. You won't feel lost, I promise!

Anna - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter and I have been Gluten-free since she was 8wks old when I figured out her allergy, I would suggest the kid friendly ADHD/ Autism cookbook! It's AMAZING!!!
one of my very favorites!
I would also suggest making everything from scratch, we have had reactions to sour cream (from gluten) when the label had no gluten on it, and also from store bought GF products! Also Gluten-Free labels don't actually mean there is NO gluten in them, there can be up to 20% Gluten in a gluten-free labeled food item!!!
My favorite GF grain is sorghum, the taste and texture is the closest to wheat.
At first I planned on seperating mine and my daughters food from my husbands, but I would suggest you just have the whole family go on the diet! It's easier and there won't be so much cross contamination. I wouln't suggest making bread I've tried for almost a year and a half and it's still gross!! biscuts or pancakes and quick (non-rising) bread comes out much better! you will also want to get a package of xanthan gum so your biscuts, cookies or cornbread will stick together after it's baked!
you can use corn and corm meal, millet and quinoa, buckwheat (these three have a little diffrent sour taste!) brown rice flour rice flour oat flour, these are better tasting but rice has a gritty texture, teff is one of my favorite grains too it has a nutty taste and full of vitamins & minerals, sorghum is good texture best taste, also tapioca flour is good!
I've found it works better if you use couple diffrent flours to make bread type things the one I use is 1c GF flour of your choice, 2/3c tapioca flour, and 1/3 potato starch
hope this helps!!

for suppers we do lots of potatoes homemade soup (cream-of-soups aren't GF but it's so easy to make themat home- melt butter in a pan add a little GF flour and whisk keep adding flour untill chunky then add a milk-sub and whisk it will be like a gravy, you can add anything to this, sauted onions, a GF boullion, cheese- then add that to your boiled veggis with some water still in pot--- presto! amazing soup!!

I would suggest a organic rice or almond milk! (bothe very good!) but not soy, soy especially can screw up kids hormones, it's from the phytoestrogens in the soy. You can also use Ghee instead of butter (Ghee is clarified butter with all the milk removed

Melissa - posted on 01/19/2015

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Super Pop Snacks makes 100% all natural gluten, soy and dairy free bars using SUPERFOOD PUFFED QUINOA & nut butters! No refined sugars and very filling!! They also have sweet potato powder in them!! My daughter loves!! www.superpopsnacks.com

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Oh man, we're dairy free and have enough troubles! You have my sympathies.



Quinoa is a great gluten free grain that is also a complete protein, they use to make all sorts of pastas, breads, cookies and such. We do alot of eggs, eggsalad is great and deviled eggs are fun. Coconut milk is a great substitute for milk (lots of good Med. Chain Sat. Fats that are important for brain and muscle development) the stuff in a can is hard to get homogenized but tastes really good, we've also found a coconut "beverage" that they sell unsweetened and that is (company is SO Delicious and they also do ice cream, yogurt, flavored milks, and kefir). Hope this helps.

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Dorothy - posted on 03/30/2015

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You also may want to consider not only what products he is eating... but what you're putting on his skin. I have a friend who is Celiac and she found that even sun tan lotion and skin care products affected her. My son had bad reflux as a baby and over the years it has been hard to feed him too. If you're looking for a brand that offers gluten free products... like vitamins, skin care products like sun tan lotion etc. I can give you info. on products I use (and now sell).. Message me if you'd like to find out - I don't think I should post the name coz.I don't want people to think I'm just trying to sell.

Best wishes! I know it's so worrying and difficult. But also remember... somehow it will all sort out and you'll manage and he'll grow! My son is now 12 and I can't believe all the years of him 'throwing up' and 'not sleeping' and "waking up with an upset stomach". He's happy and healthy... we just have to watch what he eats!

Dorothy

Erin - posted on 01/26/2015

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anyone have experience with food allergies or sensitivities being linked to speech delay in toddlers??

Erin - posted on 01/26/2015

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Was your 3 yr old having constipation or speech delays? My 25 month old was having horrible constipation since she was 10 months and now not talking much. We just started no cow dairy and no gluten 10 days ago. it is hard! We also stopped the miralax that she had had for over a year-- and the constipation is gone. No changes on the speech yet. What have you experienced?
As for the food--- it is difficult, I am not even 2 wks into this and it's been tough! Goat milk, goat yogurt, gluten free bread, tortillas, etc..

Kathlynn - posted on 01/15/2015

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O I am so sorry to heat that he is so young going through that. I am 22 and I have celiacs disease and I am also allergic to dairy. It can make thing rather frustrating. Honestly basically everything has some sort of wheat in it. I have to stay away from wheat, barley, rye, as well as hops.
gluten free adult cereals with almond milk

rice crispies in almond milk with blueberries

rice cereal with almond milk and brown sugar

dal with *lentils and rice

gf toast with avocado spread

gf toast with nutritional yeast and olive oil

gf blueberry pancakes/ muffins with earth balance
snacks ideas:

toast with jam

veggie fries

sweet cereals

snap pea crisps

rice cakes

kelp+

muffins

chips

raisins

veggies in hummus

rice crispy treats

sweet potato french fries



you can use rice pastas. Be sure to check pasta sauces for gluten. There is a brand I use that is so yummy but I forgot the name. Ill have to check it out for you

Michaela - posted on 08/29/2014

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Hello! I am dairy and gluten free (among a few other random things like red meat and apples) due to a condition called EDS.
1. large amounts of soy (like soy milk) is a very very BAD IDEA. Soy is the most concentrated source of isoflavones (a chemical that works like estrogen in our bodies). If you replace cow's milk it can lead to things like moodiness (and other standard PMS symptoms). Eating tofu or Tempe once a week won't change much. Plus almond milk is easy to tolerate and I have had many friends recommend goats milk.
2. Quinoa crackers are great for hummus and veggies or pb and j sandwiches.
3. Constipation shouldn't be an issue if you feed snacks like ants on a log (fiber and raisins). Or else wallgreens has a trail mix with probiotics added in. Meijer has fiber chews with probiotics, calcium and vit. D.
Remember you may need to drink more water and drinks with electrolyte replacements (coconut water, gatorade, salt tabs)

Courtney - posted on 11/08/2013

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To jennifer there is bloodwork you can ask to have done for celiac disease there are 5 test they do through bloodwork look it upbon google celiac bloodwork hope this helps im in the process of having my daughter (13months)tested dr also is bot supportive of my switching her but in my gut i know something is not right and i to have to do something and im starting to see a good change in myself as well as her and my spouse who also has some diet issues as he has ms i am running out of ideas to feed her tho and she is not gaining weight

Jasmin - posted on 10/03/2013

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Dear Alyssa,
I am frustrated by your story, and I feel for you. Do you live in New York? If so, visit Dr. Lawrence Palevsky. He is amazing! He does not, however, work with insurance companies. He has an office on Long Island and another in Manhattan. He is my daughter's pediatrician.

TAMEKA LASHAY - posted on 05/15/2013

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I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR DIET CONSISTED OF FOR THE 2 AND 5 YEAR OLD BECAUSE RIGHT NOW I'M TIERED AND STILL VERY CLUELESS OF WHAT TO GIVE MY 2 YEAR OLD. I MEAN I STILL BUY HER NUTRIMIGEN FORMULA SO SHE CAN STILL GET SOME OF THE VITAMINS AND NUTRIENTS SHE NEEDS. ON TOP OF THAT I BOUGHT A NUTRI-BULLET AND STARTED JUICING.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2013

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Going Gluten free is one of the best things anyone could do for their health! Its not only for an allergy or disease, technically everyone has an intolerance to gluten but since we have been eating it for so long everyone has gotten used to the symptoms and they have become "normal" you will feel the difference if you go off gluten for a few weeks then try to eat it again! I was off gluten from Sep 2012 till Dec 2012 and i ate 1 cookie that had gluten in it and within half an hour i had gas, bloating, and was a little nauseous. I have now been gluten and grain free since December as well as my 2 children ages 2.5 years and 16 months, and my husband. We all feel so great all the time! It has changed our lives for the better i can tell you that!

Alyssa - posted on 09/06/2012

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Keep it simple is my answer. My son has been on a gluten free and dairy free diet since he was 1 year old. It takes time to get used to it and the best way to get used to eating gf and df is to just eat meats and vegetables. I have found that some recipes are to complicated and call for many ingredients that are not available to me locally. Fruity Peebles, Cocoa Peebles, Chex Mix, Bisquick, these are all products we use in our home that are gluten free. The milk I use with our cereal and Bisquick are gluten and dairy free, the Bisquick will say gluten free on them. Sometimes it is cheaper to buy coconut milk and make them with it rather than using Aden's Lactaid milk, that runs about 4.00 for a half gallon.



I actually had no support when starting him on a gf diet and df diet. I knew that I needed to do something because he was constantly having issues with diahrea as well as not gaining weight. I took him to the pediatrician, and the pediatrician did not agree that a gf and df diet would help. In fact he said the he had eczema and nothing will help to subside the sideeffects. I really would like to get a specialist that would help us as well as document that my son needs this for the rest of his life. Right now we are having issues with the school, they want documentation so that they can feed my son a gluten free meal. There is only one issue, there has not been a doctor that will help me as well as agree that this the life style my son needs.

Cherie Ann - posted on 05/05/2011

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My son is 19 months and has to be on a Gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, Potato, beef, turkey and more free diet... by the specialist.. need help with recipes... thanks

Tonya - posted on 01/24/2010

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Tons of options out there now! I am vegan so I don't use any dairy & most recipes you can sub soy or rice milk. Eggs have a powedered replacement [ener-G] & if you are subbing them in recipe for binding properties you can use banana [1/2 banana equals one egg], flaxseeds [1 TBL flaxseeds plus 3 TBL's water] silken tofu. Just giving you some ideas, but if you go to some vegan sites or just put vegan in any search engine the recipes will contain no dairy. Lots of excellent replacements out there for all the other dairy products. My grocery store has a gluten free section & I just had some amazing corn pasta the other night. Good luck!

Zofia - posted on 01/20/2010

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Hi, don´t know, is the diet working, I would like to advise buckwheat, it can be eaten boiled (like a rice) also can be used for bread, even mixed with corn, instead of other cereals.

Tally - posted on 01/15/2010

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Ask if you are allowed to give your child products made with spelt flour. It does contain a low amount of gluten, but when I had my daughter on this diet, she was allowed spelt. This made life easier because many products are available that are made with spelt instead of wheat.



If not, you need to get rice flour, and other kinds of flours ( at Whole Foods they have a large variety) and learn to work with them



I used almond milk and rice milk - vanilla flavor instead of cow milk.



There are websites you can easily google for gluten free and dairy free recipes.



Lots of vegies, fruit, meat, eggs.... it's doable if you do some research and menu plan before you shop.



Many Blessings to you and your family,



Proud mom of 5 awesome kids

Alexa, Lisa, Jon, Andrew and Abby : )



Tally

Working from home since June 08’

Barbara - posted on 12/29/2009

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Here are a couple websites you can check out. One offers my cookbook, which is vegan and many recipes are gluten-free, too. That's www.totalvegetarian.com. Also, www.jenniferskitchen.com has vegan and gf recipes.
It's not as hard as you might think. Just focus on the wonderful things your 3-year-old can eat. They adjust better than adults do! God bless!

Amber - posted on 12/23/2009

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Celiac disease runs in my family, so we are gluten-free.. It is difficult at first unti l you learn where all the hidden gluten is. I make everything from scratch.. Whole/natural food stores are great, but most grocery stores now have a gluten-free section, which I think it's great that they are trying to cater to people's needs. I have a decent cookbook that is gluten-free, but not dairy-free (however some recipes are naturally dairy free and you may be able to substitue soy, almond or rice milk).. it's called You Won't Believe it's Gluten Free by Roben Ryberg. I love it, she has great recipes and has adapted them to use 1 or 2 flours instead of a rediculous flour blend like most.

Gloria - posted on 12/02/2009

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I have heard from my friend that her grandchildren have started this diet and it has proved to be quite successful. My grandson has Asperger's and I'm looking to start it for him as well. Good luck

Valerie - posted on 11/18/2009

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Cookbook

The kid-friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook The ultimate guide to the Gluten free, Casein free diet

Karen - posted on 11/08/2009

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Great advice from everybody! I had to be on a very strict diet when I was nursing my youngest child until we found out exactly what she was allergic to. I've found that places like Wal-Mart or Kroger or Meijer carry lots of allergen-free foods - gotta be a label reader! There's some good varieties of rice-based pasta that can easily be found at most grocery stores. I like Silk brand soy yogurt. There's tons of websites and blogs where people post some great new recipes they've developed. One of my favorites is banana "ice cream." Simply freeze a bunch of banana slices, then zap them in a food processor until completely smooth. I love to add almond butter (or peanut butter) and a bit of honey. Fabulous! It's a little costly at first because you have to experiment with new things until you find out what your child likes and doesn't like (it's that way even if your kids are not on special diets!!) After awhile you'll get good at finding recipes or products that are cost effective and your whole family loves, just be patient and hang in there! There's also lots of good mexican/tex-mex dishes that use beans and corn and rice - no dairy, no gluten. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2009

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my daughter is on the same diet, she is 9 months old. I have found a great store in my area that carries wheat free products. it is called the gluten free zone and they carry everything. google gluten free stores in your area. the food does cost way more but it is nice to know it is available. I recently purchased rice bread, corn waffles, corn cheerios, cereal bars, and rice pasta.

Emily - posted on 02/18/2009

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Where do you live?  i work at a specialty grocery store in Vancouver, Bc that specializes in allergy free foods.  With gluten there are so many products on the market for breads. There are breads made of rice and tapioca flour or quinoa flour.  Brands like Annie's and  Road's end (?) even have mac'n'cheese with rice noodles.  For dairy if your child doesn't go for rice or soy milk there is always almond milk (which is awesome) or potato milk.( I tried the chocolate, it was pretty good.) There are tons of pastas made from rice or corn.  You can make or get pizza made of the same.  If your town has a healthfood store talk to someone there or a make an appointment with a nutritionist.  You can have them meet you at a grocery store to teach you how to shop and what type of labels you should be looking for.  You can get gluten free anything these days.  Be aware not all soy cheese are the same!



 



Good Luck!

Katy - posted on 02/13/2009

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I live my life both Gluten and Dairy Free. Luckily I live near a Wegmans, and Whole Foods. A lot of Organic sections in grocery stores have tons of GF and DF items. But keep in mind all the naturally GF and DF things that you might already like. For instance, I cannot live without peanut butter. I chop up fruits and veggies and entice the family with PB on the side for dipping. I make a ton of my own bread too.

If the whole family is about to make the change- (for our dinners, we did) then it may be time to clean out the pantry and fridge of all the temptations.

Luckily, your son won't know the difference if you don't show him there is one.

There are recipes by glutenfreeclub.com/ that I get in my inbox each day. But for you there are bound to be many books or webites catering to childrens recipes. I have purchased many books on the subject.

You will have to familiarize yourself with all the "other" names for gluten and dairy. It can be tricky. At first I remember banishing all canned and processed product. Focus on fresh ingredients, and keeping your recipes simple.

Thankfully, so MANY companies are putting Gluten free on their labels, so it is getting easier!

Wegmans and Whole Foods have pamphlets on GF items in their stores, as well as some labeling they are doing to attract people like us!

GOOD LUCK! It is not easy at first, but it gets better- AND HEALTHIER!!

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Hi Naomi. I am vegan, for nine years (no animal or dairy products) and so are my 3 children, ages 4, 6, 8, since birth. My advice: Get used to reading ALL labels at the store, familiarize yourself with ingredients. My kids love vanilla Silk soymilk and smashed potatoes and rice. I make my own uncheesy sauce for pasta. It may take some time for your child's palate (taste buds) to adjust to a different diet, but hang in there. They are a lot healthier for it!

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