Developmental delays and physical concerns in 21 month old boy
My 21 month old son is currently experiencing a number of problems. At 9 months old he had his first breath holding spell, where he passed out and had a seizure. He has had 6 episodes since. His physician recently discovered that his liver was a bit enlarged with no explination. He has terrible skin. Its not dry like exzema (eczema) but it it red, with small red itchey bums that come and go. He has a significant speech/developmental delays, he babbles in his own way but no real words. He does not comprehend anything you tell him to do. He has recently began banging his head on everything and everyone for no particular reason. He does love other children and interacts well. He is great at role play (with action figures, animals, etc.) and can imitate certain things (such as "Wiggles" dance moves). We have been sent to doctor after doctor with no real explination. HELP -What could be wrong with my toddler?
Celiac disease (a disease characterized by the inability to digest gluten) can cause an itchy rash. It can also cause neurological problems, and, in occasional cases, liver damage. This is just a thought, prompted by your comment that your child has seen it many doctors and no one has come up with an explanation. That sometimes happens with celiac disease when it presents with atypical symptoms. (Probably the most typical symptom of celiac disease is chronic, oily/fatty diarrhea, but not everyone gets that.)
Another thought might be some other type of autoimmune disease that affects the liver.
There is some thought that vaccinations in some children, particularly boys present in behaviors such as your child's. Skin rashes and liver enlargement hint at a toxicity issue, again it could be from vaccinations. Pediatricians say that thimerosal has been removed from vaccines, but that is not true. I would try to find a naturopath medical doctor who doesn't use drugs or surgeries to see if there is some kind of heavy metal toxicity or environmental factor that may be contributing to his problems. They can test hair and I'm sure the tests would be noninvasive to your son since he's so young.
My son has seen two different dermotalogists; his regular pediatirician; an oncologist; a speech therapist; and we are scheduled to see a neurologist and a child development specialist. He did have a complete blood panel done including liver enzymes about two months ago and everything came back normal. He just had a brain MRI yesterday and an ultrasound on his liver, now we are just waiting for the result
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