Nightmares/Food Sensitivities

Cindi - posted on 01/01/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We found out a month ago that our 3 year old son had wheat sensitivies. We cut out all gluten/wheat for 30 days. We reintroduced it 3 days ago, and he has no symptoms, other than a very small nightmare two hours after he goes to sleep. I'm not sure if this is coincidental because his daddy went back to work that day too, after being off for the holidays. He just calls for him, we go in, give kisses and hugs, then he's fine. He calls for "daddy" during these nightmares. He has been prone to having the occasional night terror in the past, and did have two while he was gluten-free. Any thoughts? He's a pretty happy kid otherwise (except for the normal 3 year old moodiness), and wakes up well rested.

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Cindi - posted on 01/01/2012

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Thanks do much for sharing your story about the eggs. My guy is almost 4 and he was really stuffed up in hisnose and wake up sneezing all summer. We thought he had an allergy to something outside, because he was otherwise happy. Took him to a wonderful naturopath. Paid $400 for bloodtests that determined he has sensitivities to wheat, dairy, eggs, oranges and peanuts. DR was not concerned and said to completely avoid these items for 30 days then reintroduce them. If we see a reaction, then we take it away for 3 months and try again. He never mentioned nightmares being a symptom, so I googled. :) Waiting to call him when he's back next week, but just wanted to get some feedback from other moms. I am very glad we found this out now, because this will keep him from having very serious allergies later in his life. It was a rough month for the little sweetheart, especially with all the Xmas goodies. He never complained once. ♥

Elfrieda - posted on 01/01/2012

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We haven't gotten our son checked out at all, but I've noticed that if he eats eggs for supper, in a quiche or whatnot, he will wake up in the night screaming. I assume that it gave him a stomachache which contributed to giving him nightmares. (because it's a scared screaming, not just a "boo, my diaper's full" type of crying) But I can't ask him, he's only 24 months. Sometimes just a hug and kiss will solve it, but usually he needs a good 20 minutes of calm-down time, with stories and wandering around his room. Once he relaxes, he lets go a might fart (sorry, TMI) and feels better.



So I think it's possible the wheat intolerance is giving your son nightmares, but it might just be coincidence, especially with Daddy going back to work.

Cindi - posted on 01/01/2012

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It's called an elimination diet, and I am following instruction from a Naturopath. We reintroduce it again so his body gets used to it again. It eliminates life long food allergies later. Thanks for your useful comment.

Kate CP - posted on 01/01/2012

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If he's sensitive to wheat why are you giving it to him? I don't know if it's related to the night terrors or not, but if your kid doesn't handle wheat or gluten very well then you shouldn't give it to him.

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