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My daughter...need help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 26, 2008
  • 04:14 AM

I need help determining where to go for help. My daughter is 11 yrs. old. She is slightly overweight, but her belly seems to stick out unnaturally. She has something wrong with her gums and teeth--they are red and bleed everytime she brushes and it seems that plaque becomes excessive during the day. My #1 concern I guess is her innattention to the world. I get so frustrated that she can't remember something from one minute to the next. She doesn't ever seem to be able to hold to the topic. She definitely fits almost every single symptom of ADD (not the "H). She has been off of chemo for Wilms Tumor for almost 2 years and all of these symptoms except the mouth thing were present before cancer. I consulted a psychologist once but by the time the appointment came around she seemed to be doing better. Now she is worse. Help! What could this be? I don't know if any of the symptoms are related but thought I would list everything I was concerned about.

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  • I don’t think I can help very much, but I still want to answer. I am really sorry about your girl. A lowered immune defence can cause gingivitis. What does her dentist say?My sister who had chemotherapy due to breast cancer has developed mild memory impairment and she is no longer good at multitasking. But since your daughter is young, she might very well get better with time. No doubt the chemo influences your whole body. Good luck with your girl!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • I too am sorry to hear about your daughter - she has certainly been through a lot. Have you considered finding a holistic doc to help with her current symptoms? One who specializes in nutritional deficiencies would be very helpful, I think. Gum bleeding can be a symptom of nutritional deficiency. Mental/emotional issues can be a sign of B vitamin deficiencies - especially B12. Do you know her B12 levels by chance? Also, in Traditional Chinese Medicine gum bleeding can be a sign of stomach fire. How is her appetite? Does she have any food cravings? Lastly, has she been on any other medications and is she on any currently? Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Blaze posts this to everyone. What blood work has your daughter had? A couple of thoughts-- candidiasis (candida infection) or possibly celiac disease. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • I would suggest that you look into Celiac Disease. Common, yet under-diagnoised. People with Celiac often have "bad" teeth/gums; not because of of poor hygiene, but because they are not getting proper nutrients. As a result of not getting proper nurishment, mental abilty is also affected. Put her on a Glutten-Free diet ( be sure the NO glutten gets in her system, even a small amount will be harmful to someone with Celiac) It is worth a shot. Best wishes.
    aliceanna 41 Replies Flag this Response
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