I'm proud to say we have made it 8 weeks gluten free with very few slip ups (only in the first two weeks)
Despite that, my three year old's eczema is worse than ever. It's now on his neck, arms, face, stomach and sides. He'd never had it anywhere but his legs (and diaper area - ouch!). It's still there and worse than ever.
He's no longer getting any dairy, eggs or wheat. Now, he eats MOSTLY rice (which I'm allergic to), gar-fava bean flour, coconut milk, corn (tortillas), soy based cheeses, Earth Balance Buttery Spread (thank, realmom!) instead of the obvious alternatives. One thing I've noticed is he has started to only eat a few things. If I bake anything, he won't eat it. I tried to make cinnamon rolls for him - nope. I have baked GF/CF/EF brownies with a Bob's Red Mill mix and he wouldn't eat those either. GF Biscuits? Nope. He will eat pancakes made with the new Gluten-free Bisquick, but not the Bob's Red Mill GF Pancake mix (any body want what's left?) I've also made a wide variety of things like muffins, coffee cakes, etc and he's turned them all down cold. He likes it when I make oven baked chicken with a Gluten Free Bisquick as a coating. The last 8 weeks I have tried to make his food as much like ours as possible so that he doesn't feel denied. I don't think he does. Now he's being selective either because of picky-ness or because something is not agreeing with him. He's not terribly verbal, so it's hard to figure out. It's very frustrating when he REALLY needs to eat to gain weight.
I'm more frustrated about the eczema, though. While he's not lying in a pile on the couch saying he's tired anymore, he's scratching all the time now. He can't sleep. We're down to one bath a week with cool water and moisturizer two times a day. I can't seem to pin point what the culprit might be that is causing the eczema. So, next trip to the doctor we'll have to do yet another blood draw to see if he's allergic to rice, coconut, sunflower seeds or perhaps some fruits?? I don't know. He already takes Zyrtec, which is a histamine blocker for his allergies. I wonder what his eczema would look like if we took him off that! I can't see putting a kid that is already short and small on steroids. For now, we're relying on Aquaphor and tricimnalone for the eczema.
I wish we had a normal here. He also hasn't gained any weight or grown taller. It is hard enough to try to get him to gain weight on the short list of foods he's allowed to have. He comes down in the morning, literally shaking because he's so hungry. Then, he turns down the food he asks for and requests something else. It's hard to know when to give in and when to give up.
One more month and we'll have had our three month run of Gluten Free eating. I'm not sure what will happen when we switch back. I'm a little scared - scared that what I am doing now IS the new normal. All prayers are gratefully accepted.