Monday, December 8, 2008

GFCF Infraction Remedies

Gluten & Casein Infraction Remedies

Gluten and casein infractions sometimes occur when you least expect it - at a friends house, school, a birthday party, or out for dinner with the family. To off-set the potential for adverse reactions (irritability, increase stimming behavior, loss of words, eye contact, etc.) to gluten and/or casein such as regression, loss of eye contact, speech problems, irritability, aggressiveness, etc. you can keep some things on hand to help:

• Carry some peptide enzymes with you. Peptidase enzymes contain specifically DPP-IV which helps break down the proteins of gluten and casein. Usually, 2 to 3 right after an infraction can help digest the proteins of these foods.
• Pepcid AC (over the counter) - 1/2 to 1 tablet taken right after the infraction can help diminish the adverse effects.
• Activated Charcoal - 1 to 2 capsule (approximately 500mg) - taken right after the infraction can help prevent absorption of these food proteins.
• Alka-Seltzer Gold - 1/2 to 1 tablet taken right after the infraction.

Another option is to get your child into a bathtub ASAP and add Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt baths can help with detoxification - 1/2 to 2 cups of Epsom Salt in bathwater can help. Let your child soak in bathtub for 15 to 20 minutes. Epsom salt can be purchased from most drug stores. If you do not know your child's tolerance to Epsom Salt than starting with a smaller amount is advisable - 1/4 to 1/2 cup.

If the infraction has occurred hours before the implementation of digestive enzymes, Pepcid AC, etc. may have limited benefit, but you can still try them and see if it helps. In some cases, if you do not catch the infraction soon enough you will likely have to ride things out for 3 to 4 days. Usually after this time a child will bounce back without long-lasting issues. Make sure to check with your child's doctor before implementing any new type of supplements or therapy.

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