The trouble with comments on facebook is you say something and don't always get responses you like. Ha ha. I know, no duh Abby! I've been working hard to get Mischief gluten free again. We had her GF for about three weeks in December/January and her rash completely disappeared. I was not clear when making mention of it on facebook, and got a couple people going on about eczema and that a gluten-free diet is a bunch of crap. I'm sorry, but saying gluten-free diets are crap is like saying, give the kid with a peanut allergy a peanut butter sandwich!
So I decided for my own satisfaction, I'd share Mischief's rash as of two days ago. It's actually looking better.
This is not a full body rash. It's not something that causes her to be itchy, except when it's really bad and crusty and weeping and dry and then it bothers her and she scratches it until it bleeds. This rash is on her buttocks/lower back. It gets up to 4 inches in radius. Two days ago I devoted myself to making her completely gluten free instead of just mostly. Hit the health food store and she picked out some GF cereals, cookies and pasta.
Yes, she tested negative for having any food allergies. Her celiac blood test was also negative. We expected that one, due to her age. Regardless of that, it doesn't change the fact that when we take her off of eating high gluten foods, her rash goes away. Her cronic diarrhea goes away and she actually has normal poops. Her belly stops being distended. And she started having growing pains. She's finally outgrowing size 18 month clothes. She'll be three years old in 4 months.
That is why we're putting her on a wheat free diet. I have cut out citrus for a while as well, much to her dislike.