With the help from our Duke speech therapist, Duke ENT, and Raleigh ENT doctors, kidlet is on her way to beating VCD. She got some new vocal cord exercises that singers use, and she worked hard on her VCD breathing exercises.

Another HUGE thing that helped was food allergy trial diet, at the suggestion of kidlet’s allergist. She said that since kidlet was allergic to so many indoor/outdoor allergens, that she should see if she is allergic to any foods as well, and the only really good way to do that was to stop eating the most common food allergens. She eliminated wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, soy, corn for a month. It turned out that she felt better than she has in years when she eliminated the wheat from her diet. The keratosis pilaris on her upper arms is gone. Her energy level is way up. Her attitude is better. She is making more friends at school, and her teachers noted that she is contributing more in class.

I had a hard time believing this could be possible, but Katie’s Duke ENT told me to read this article about Novak Djokovic, the world champion tennis player. I about fell out of my seat. Djokovic was 13 when it first started, and he had no energy, and doctors thought he had asthma because his main complaint was trouble breathing. His parents had an ITALIAN RESTAURANT, so all he ate was gluten in bread and in pasta, just like my kidlet. A doctor put him on a gluten free diet, and his performance went from unpredictable, just like my kid was, to world champion.

I can say for the first time in 3 years, kidlet has won 3 of her best events in swimming, 100m breastroke and 200m IM and 400m IM. This was nothing short of amazing. More to come….

VCD update—- Success???!!!!!

3 thoughts on “VCD update—- Success???!!!!!

  • December 29, 2015 at 3:51 am

    I am so relieved to stumble across your story. My daughter, who is 12 years old and a competitive swimmer and triathlete, has the same story. In fact, I could have written it word for word. She has gone to so many doctor appointments, takes allergy meds, asthma meds, allergy shots, and does the breathing exercises for VCD with some improvement. I am excited to see that a diet change has made a difference for your daugheter. None of the professionals have recommended it but we are willing to try. Please keep us updated.

    • March 3, 2016 at 2:28 am

      Good luck, Shery, and keep us posted!! The allergist said that the only way to really test for food allergies was to do the elimination diet. I am sorry that you had to go through this- It really seems that post-nasal drip from the allergies irritated the vocal cords and caused a lot of the problems. The food allergies seemed to be the last thing that we could try, and I’m glad we did.

  • April 8, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Thank you for your blog! My 10 year old daughter is a swimmer and started with VCD out of the blue about 4 months ago. We are wiring with a speech pathologist but it is good to know that there are other options out there if we hit a roadblock. I would love to hear about it from your daughter’s point of view too!

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