Oh mama! We took Ronin (my 3 1/2 year old) to the Naturopath a couple weeks ago to look into his anxiety. Yes, I know, he’s only 3 but he’s been an exceedingly shy, cautious and anxious kid almost from birth. He has terrible sleep, including night terrors, tosses and turns like crazy, and sweats up a storm. So we’re about desperate.
A friend of mine had taken her son (also Ronin’s age) to the naturopath and this doctor’s dietary advice has practically cured him of recurrent sinus infections. So I figure it can’t hurt. And I’m very open minded about “alternative” medicine & therapies.
The doctor sent Ronin’s blood to a lab to do a general food sensitivity panel. This is different from a traditional allergy test. Ronin’s had a traditional test and it came up allergic to peanuts and dust mites. We carry an Epi Pen with us at all times. Fun stuff.
The food sensitivity test can hopefully tell us what may be causing some of his other symptoms like his eczema or sleep disturbance or anxiety. Or Atleast that’s the hope.
So the results are in, and again I say Oh Mama, this is going to be tough. He came back extremely sensitive to dairy and wheat, and moderately sensitive to eggs. Actually the results were a lot more specific than that. It tested about 100 things. Thankfully fruits, veggies, tree nuts and meats were all fine.
BUT this kid is a milk, cheese and bread-aholic. He also loves eggs. The doctor wants us to completely remove dairy, wheat and eggs from his diet for four to six months, as she said “to let his gut heal.” Then we may be able to re-introduce some of it little by little and see how it goes.
John has actually been gluten free for a while and it’s helped his stress and anxiety level tremendously. He did not test positive for a true gluten allergy, but like Ronin has an intolerance. And now, if he even has a small taste of wheat, lets just say his stomach does NOT do a happy dance.
So, here we are. 3-year-old loves dairy, wheat, eggs: must now STOP dairy, wheat and eggs. I’m NOT looking forward to this! But I am looking forward to seeing if it helps him. I will be one grateful mama if my baby boy starts to sleep better and release some of his stress and anxiety.
Will his new diet fix his anxiety? Only time will tell. And I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Next stop the gluten-free market. And then a blood panel for me to see if perhaps I have food intolerances contributing to my own mental health issues.
This is going to be SO interesting. Tell me, do you think diet can affect anxiety?
UPDATE: YES! Indeed it has helped his anxiety so much. Read more about it HERE.