It took Jacob about five days to bounce back from his fight with the oatmeal. I know that he lost weight. Clothes that were tight were suddenly loose. He was so tired. He was lethargic. His eyes were so dark and sunken. He didn't even cry much the first day or so because he was so worn out.
Since Josh's sisters, Leanna and Laura, have Celiac and Josh had issues with gluten a few years ago, we suspect that Celiac or some degree of gluten sensitivity is the culprit. Jacob had this reaction after just one small bowl of regular quick oats. And oatmeal doesn't even technically contain gluten; it's contaminated from other grains.
I spoke with our doctor's office and we determined a plan. Jacob goes in for his nine month check up next month. They will run some blood work on him at that appointment to start the process of determining if he has Celiac. They said that blood work does not require him to be eating gluten so it was up to us to decide if we wanted to try something with gluten again or wait for the test results to come back. We have decided that we'd rather wait to see the test results before subjecting Jacob's little body to gluten again.
Josh and I also decided that it would be best for the whole family, but especially Josh, to go gluten-free. Jonathan and I are not going strict, but Josh has been trying to eliminate as much gluten as possible. This probably should be a permanent change for Josh, and time will tell whether Jacob must be gluten-free for life or not.