In June of 2010, our life changed. Our eldest daughter was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption and a severe egg allergy. After five years, we had answers.
Through table-time trials, I felt like there were days I poisoned my daughter. She’d roll on the floor with the worst stomach ache or sit in bed all day with a near-migraine. These symptoms first showed up when she began eating solid foods at six months of age, but peaked at age two and a half – consequently, the same age where her diet incorporated so many different tastes.
Fructose Malabsorption is a genetic, digestive digestive disorder where fructose, a simple sugar molecule, is not absorbed properly in the small intestine. It’s symptoms are akin to Irritable Bowl Syndrome, with added side effects like severe headaches, back aches, acute fatigue, soreness and depression. Wheat and gluten convert to fructans in the body, so our eldest also adopts a Gluten-Free (or gluten-limited) diet.
For eight solid months we’ve been reading and researching everything we can get our hands on. We’ve tested recipe after recipe, both for taste and intermittent adverse reactions.
I’m happy to say we’ve come to an understanding. Betty Rose is a vibrant, six-and-a-half-year-old without daily headaches, back aches and abdominal distress.
I’m excited for this site to become an informative center for other mothers of young children who are stumbling through this diagnosis and menu-planning.