Ok. This might sound crazy to you, but I'm telling you my experience before and after the diet. Honestly, I know I shove the GFCF diet down peoples throats but you should see my kid before and after. The changes in his behavior and eating habits are incredible.
My son was like yours. Not willing to try anything new, craved sugars, milk, wheat. He had very loose stools also and then other days constipation. He couldn't win either way. I decided basically, what the hell do I have to lose trying this diet. If people were claiming that this diet would change some of the autistic behaviors it was worth a shot. I stressed so much the first couple of days. I thought I was going to lose it. I made chicken nuggets, bought waffles, rolls, soy yogurt, panda puffs cereal. I tried to give him pizza and that was a no no at first. It tastes ok, but it's not as good as REAL pizza. So I didn't try that again for awhile.We noticed a change with Mason within about 3 days. His stimming worsened. I was terrified. He became a bear. I swear if his head could have spun, it would have. He was terrible to deal with and any little thing; sometimes nothing, set him off. This is when I realized the diet was starting to work. About probably two weeks into the diet things calmed down, for the better. His stools were looking more normal. Not so runny and he was having a bm every day. His stimming went back down, and his eye contact started to get better. He actually looked at us when we said his name a couple of times. He didn't care before.He did well with the changes in the diet. Then I started to worry about the yeast. So I started not giving him as much juice. I also ordered threelac. A probiotic.Once again, the stimming picked up and he became Monster Mason again. My husband and I worried. Day two of the threelac was the worst. Day three got a little better, and by day 4 he was doing ok. Some people claim to see yeast in their kids poop, but I never did. But, by about day four his speech started improving.Now I do have him on the diet still, I have him on Brainchildnutritionals (vitamin and mineral supplement) DMG with Folic acid and B12, threelac, and cod liver oil. I know it sounds like a lot, but you should see this kid. He's a whole different person. He is about a year behind in speech (conversation) and social play, but He is on the upswing of autism. I really believe it. His therapists are amazed at how well he is doing.I really honestly believe that the diet was one of the best things I could ever do for him. He is more willing to try new foods now too. I do have a great OT so I'm sure it's not all the diet changing things, but I bet at least 80% has been because of diet change.
I am very grateful for all that information - i needed to hear it. We are actually in the process of getting SSI approved so we can afford the diet. I am feeling just like you did - what's there to lose???
On OT... I like mine OK, but what do you think is so great about yours? We've only had 4 appts with ours.
That is crazy! I never would have thought about Playdoh and Soap. I thought for a min there that you meant he ate those things.
Beau has the opposite problem he is constantly backed up and has what we call pebble poop. He has little pebbles almost at every bm or he is just like your ds and has the runs.
We noticed that Beau can NOT have raisians, this makes him extremely runny. When we began to decrease milk from his diet he has begun to have mor of a normal stool. We still give Beau cheese, yogurt, pudding or other milk based items, but we took out drinking milk or juice. He has days where he craves one or the other and those days are hard. I am still new and cave, but those are the days he acts out. When he has no milk or juice he eats more and trys new foods.
The developmental pediatrician we saw said to put him on a multi vitamin asap and NO milk and NO juice. My jaw dropped when I heard this but it has made some notable improvements.