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What can I give 7yo DS to eat? Candida infection...

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MrsDermotOLeary Sun 03-May-15 17:04:18

DS is 7 and has been to gp with various symptoms including swollen stomach (causing his ribs to grow outwards), sloppy stools, irritability etc. GP says probably candida in intestines, we are waiting for appt with paediatrician.
For now, we are advised to give a powdered probiotic and to cut out wheat, sugar and carbs in his diet.
He drinks only water so no probs there. But what can I feed him?

Today he had - Breakfast: eggs and tomatoes, Lunch: veg soup & carrot sticks, Snack: red pepper. Dinner/Tea will be roast lamb & veg.

We usually eat meatballs & pasta, home made chilli & curry with rice, pizza, shepherds pie, macaroni cheese, toad in the hole...

Any ideas? I have 2 other children who can eat anything but feel it may stop arguments if we all eat the same.

agoodbook Sun 03-May-15 22:36:46

tough one -'m sure there will be other here to help smile, but here re a couple I have thought of
Borlotti Bean and Bacon Casserole
Cauliflower Cheese
Vegetable and Lentil soup
Roasted Vegetables -( either Swede/Carrots /Onions or Cherry Tomatoes/Shallots /Peppers and Garlic) with Chicken wrapped in Bacon

ancientbuchanan Sun 03-May-15 22:59:49

Some cultures suggest that in such cases you should cut out onions and garlic As they ferment, but increase eg unsweetened yoghurt, laban is the traditional Iraqi answer in such cases. It contains probiotics naturally. Easy to make.

Home made hummus is v easy. With carrot and celery sticks.
Home made burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves with cheese and natural tomato on top.
You can get veg spaghetti. And when the season comes round, spaghetti marrows.
Kippers, mackerel, herrings, salmon, fish stew. Kippers and scrambled egg great breakfast or supper.
Roast chicken
The mums net cowgirl stew from top bananas ( but check for wheat in the sausages and sugar in the beans).
Use rice flour or cornflour or gluten free flour for sauces if you want a touch of carb...
Roast gammon, with a home made tomato and pepper sauce.

MoustacheofRonSwanson Mon 04-May-15 00:19:19

Not what you were asking for, but PrescriptAssist is a great probiotic for this.

MrsDermotOLeary Tue 05-May-15 07:55:18

Thank you for the replies. He's taking OptiBac probiotic granules and loves them so that's a bonus.

Thanks so much for the recipe ideas, going to try courgette spaghetti tonight much to older DD's disgust!

JamNan Tue 05-May-15 08:43:19

Has your doctor done a stool sample test? If a candida infection has been diagnosed has your son tried an oral treatment?

If it it is a candida infection cut out yeast and anything fermented like vinegar, tofu, pickles, Marmite. Read the labels as you will be amazed how many foods contain yeast extract as a flavouring.

Hope you get it sorted soon. Poor DS.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Tue 05-May-15 08:55:16

Has the GP tested for coeliac disease or anything else? If he hasn't I might hold off on cutting out wheat etc until you have seen the paediatrician. Otherwise there's a danger you could end up with a false negative on actual tests.

MrsDermotOLeary Tue 05-May-15 14:06:16

Good point, he hasn't been tested for anything, has been referred to paediatrician at hosp which could be weeks away.

DH has booked a private appt with a specialist next week.

HetzelNatur Tue 05-May-15 14:13:28

Candida diet is IME very very difficult to follow to any significant effect. I'm amazed that a GP has suggested this tbh - though of course it is possible he has an overgrowth of the stuff but it sounds very much like there could be an underlying cause that's nothing to do with candida.

Coeliac would be my first instinct but I am not a medic. Often people have bloating from a wheat intolerance - would be easier to cut that out, or maybe wheat and gluten? Obviously avoid too much refined stuff in any case but I honestly wouldn't go the whole hog with anti candida without ruling other stuff out first.

HetzelNatur Tue 05-May-15 14:14:41

Sorry crossed posts - indeed you don't want to muck up any tests, but maybe it would work to try reducing wheat as an experiment for a week or two?

Sorry not sure of the technicalities of this.

MoustacheofRonSwanson Tue 05-May-15 14:32:37

Some people (specifically Paul Jaminet) think that candida can become ketone adapted- so going on a v low carb candida diet can, after a few months, just lead to having a strain that doesn't need sugar/crabs to survive.

mrbob Wed 06-May-15 00:16:13

I am amazed that this would be the thing that would spring to mind as a diagnosis in a 7 year old with these symptoms! I would not necessarily make any drastic changes until you have seen a specialist and they will advise the best way to approach it

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Wed 06-May-15 00:25:44

I'm not sure amazed would be the word I'd use. Thank god he gave a referral to a paediatrician as well. If he hadn't it would be worth a very serious complaint.

HetzelNatur Wed 06-May-15 06:17:40

It just sounds such a vague longshot type of suggestion though.

I was once under the 'care' of a private nutritionist who charged my parents a bloody fortune to diagnose candida and give me loads of awful pills, stop me from eating anything basically, and did it do any good? Not a bean. It was a money making exercise with no basis in medical science.

This was big bucks about 20 years ago in the alternative medicine field.

I'm not sure if things have changed but I've never heard of a GP who would even consider this, especially over and above other potential causes.

Sorry OP. on a bit of a rant there. I hope you can get some proper results soon and go from there.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Wed 06-May-15 09:00:17

Things haven't changed much at all. You can get candida overgrowth, but it's diagnosed with a stool sample and treated with oral anti-fungals usually. Most of the alt med stuff is playing on that but without the appropriate course of treatment.

MrsDermotOLeary Sat 09-May-15 14:54:33

Thanks for all the advice. Had a letter through to say appt with paediatrician is pending. Keeping diet the same but cutting out all snacks except vegetables and a bit of fruit.
I appreciate all your replies, thanks.

mousmous Sat 09-May-15 14:59:33

those symptoms scream other things to me as well, coeliac for one.
reducing sugar is always good anyway.
hope the paed gets to the bottom of this.

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