Gluten Free for BAby?

Has anyone heard of feeding a newborn a gluten free diet to prevent the baby from having type 1 diabetes? A couple of people I know are doing this....

Don't think there's anything to back this up.  

Statistically babies who are breastfed and who start eating solid foods later are less likely to develop type 1.  But I think that may be a statistical quirk.  There are so many factors that are linked to diabetes, most importantly that the baby has the type 1 gene.

I work in research. Gluten is NOT going to be the deciding factor on wether your baby gets type 1. Do you have type 1? Or does your husband? Or both? If you have it, how old were you when you got it and how old were you when you had your baby? I can tell you the statistics based on that.

I have it. I am pregnant now, due in November.

25 at diagnosis

The risk for a child of a parent with type 1 diabetes is lower if it is the mother — rather than the father — who has diabetes. "If the father has it, the risk is about 1 in 10 (10 percent) that his child will develop type 1 diabetes — the same as the risk to a sibling of an affected child," Dr. Warram says. On the other hand, if the mother has type 1 diabetes and is age 25 or younger when the child is born, the risk is reduced to 1 in 25 (4 percent) and if the mother is over age 25, the risk drops to 1 in 100 — virtually the same as the average American

That is interesting thanks!!

You're welcome. The risk of type 2 is actually now much worse. The babies risk of getting type 2 in the future is higher if you have a big baby. I gained 26 pounds and Brady weighed 5.10 but he was 3 wks early. They said he would have probably been about 6.6 which was good.

Hailey -

Don't forget to add that if the mother or father is younger than age 11 when diagnosed, the odds double that her or his child will develop type 1.

Yes. And (although) if you were diagnosed before the age of 11 your odds double, HOWEVER, if you have the baby after the age of 25 your odds go back to normal 1:100. There are a lot of exceptions. I was diagnosed at 8. Got pregnant and delievered at 29. His (my baby boy) odds are 1:100 of getting type 1. Just for an example if you are anything close to this...

Hi Gina! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I have had type 1 diabetes for 24 years and I went to LeBonheur Childrens Center until I was 22 (I am 26 now) and had a very reputable doctor who was also affiliated with UT. He told me that there was no conclusive evidence or research that proves a mother or father with type 1 will also have a child with it. There a a lot of theories, but no conclusive documentation. I know there are a lot of things out there on the internet and a lot of different doctors with different opinions. No one in my family has type 1. So I honestly believe we have no greater risk than someone without type 1. It is just whatever God has planned for us! I hope this helps! This is from "The fact that type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes have some genetic components does not mean your baby will have or get either, If it helps, keep in mind that 80 percent of people with type 1 diabetes have no family history of the disease"

The ADA says:

"Type 1 Diabetes: Your Child's Risk

In general, if you are a man with type 1 diabetes, the odds of your child getting diabetes are 1 in 17. If you are a woman with type 1 diabetes and your child was born before you were 25, your child's risk is 1 in 25; if your child was born after you turned 25, your child's risk is 1 in 100.

Your child's risk is doubled if you developed diabetes before age 11. If both you and your partner have type 1 diabetes, the risk is between 1 in 10 and 1 in 4."

Since you were an older mom, if you were over age 11 when you were diagnosed your son has a 1% chance of developing type 1.  If you were younger than 11 when you were diagnosed your son has a 2% chance of developing type 1.  Either way, that's great odds that he won't have any problems!

We had read something about this as well, so we did gluten-free from the time our son was 4 months to a year old - we were making our own baby food so it was pretty easy. At around one year old, we read some more about this not being conclusive, so we stopped being so hardcore about it. I figure, at a minimum, he had some really good nutritious food when he was an infant - can't hurt!