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Celiac Disease in Kids




Pediatrics

Jun 22 2022 | 0 | by Claudette

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I’ve heard from other parents that it used to be harder when kids were diagnosed with celiac disease. But now it’s easier to monitor your child and avoid gluten in the diet. Gluten is usually found in wheat and other cereal grains. There are a lot of choices in stores and I usually find something that my son likes. There are more restaurants now also that have gluten-free options.

What is celiac disease and what are the symptoms? Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease such that people who eat gluten trigger an immune response in their body that attacks the small intestine. Then nutrients cannot be properly absorbed into the body. Our family has a history of celiac disease so I had my child tested. It’s very important to get tested as soon as possible if it runs in your family.

It is hard to make sure that caregivers and schools watch over kids so that they adhere to a gluten-free diet. Many kids like to share food. I would talk to the school, teacher, child’s friends and parents, and of course any caregiver. I pack a lunch for my child that I know is gluten-free. A pediatrician can talk with your child and discuss the disease and menu options.

Here are the symptoms of celiac disease according to Celiac.org:

Digestive symptoms are more common in infants and children. Here are the most common symptoms found in children:

Abdominal bloating and pain
Anxiety and depression
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities
Chronic diarrhea
Constipation
Damage to tooth enamel
Delayed puberty
Failure to thrive
Fatigue
Gas
Headaches
Iron-deficiency anemia
Irritability
Nausea and vomiting
Pale, foul-smelling stools
Seizures and lack of muscle coordination
Short stature
Weight loss

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