Anyone’s children have issues with wetting themselves when they eat oats? My 5 year old has SPD (sensory processing disorder) so that complicates things but he has wet himself numerous times since we reintroduced oats. I am hoping not but I can’t think of anything else. He is ok with mod to high sals, otherwise not good with amines, glutamates, egg, soy and dairy - Rosemary

Yes, for my daughter it’s the protein called avenin in oats, which is similar to gluten. Many gluten sensitive / coeliacs respond in the same way. It causes interstitial cystitis for her - bladder inflammation which feels like abdominal pain, burning and stinging urine and increased urgency and frequency. The last time she ate oats was 3 years ago. She was 5 and had just got dry overnight. The oats set her back to six months of wetting at night again even after I worked out the trigger and eliminated them again. She was already gluten free at the time and this was a trial of the wheat free or “uncontaminated” oats - Mary

Is it possible he’s in the middle of a regression stage? I have noticed that just before a leap forward in development (of an ASD child) there is often a regression that can go on for up to 1-2 months. It seems to go on just long enough that you can get worried (!) but then stops and you suddenly see another developmental leap forward. It’s like all the thoughts/processes turn inwards for a while to work on the changes. Could it be this? - Wendy

Rosemary again: last night we hit new heights so I am going to withdraw them. When you hate bedtime because of the aggression that ensues you know it’s time for a change.

Rosemary again, one week later: It was definitely the oats. After weeks of toileting issues, incredibly aggressive behaviour and difficulty with translations we stopped the oats. Two days later and my little boy is back to his normal (very active) self.

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