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Celiac Disease In Children, How To Diagnose
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Celiac Disease In Children, How To Diagnose

Does your young child not have an appetite anymore? Does he seem to not be growing like he should? Maybe she is having mood swings and is irritable. This article will address Celiac Disease in children and how to diagnose it.

Here is a simple explanation of the disease. The Mayo Clinic defines Celiac as a digestive condition which is set off by the protein gluten. Gluten is found in wheat products such as: bread, pizza crust, cookies, cake, pasta, and crackers just to name a few. People who eat gluten have a negative reaction in their small intestine. This causes damage to the inner surface of the intestine and doesn't allow the body to absorb important nutrients.

So how do we diagnose this disease? There isn't an easy way to do this with children. A blood test may detect it but only if you haven't tried a gluten free diet yet. I don't know how accurate a blood test really is. Another way to detect this disease is to have a doctor insert an endoscope through your child's mouth into his small intestine. That probably wouldn't go too well!

With my son, my wife and I noticed that he looked extra pale and his eyes looked sunken. He had bad eczema and had hard discolored stools (diarrhea is a symptom too). He complained of his stomach hurting and he didn't have much of an appetite. Before his doctor's visit, he was pretty much only drinking milk and not eating solids. His blood tests didn't point to Celiac Disease specifically but his nutrient counts were all very low.

After the doctor saying Celiac Disease was a possibility and after much research, we decided to try a gluten free diet for my son. We have a family member who has the disease as well so just another reason to suspect this.

Most grocery stores now have a gluten free section. You can find bread, pasta, cookies and pizza that are free of gluten. Other foods that are naturally gluten free: most spaghetti sauce, most dairy products, vegetables, fruits, and meat (check processed meats).

After trying agluten free dietwe noticed some good changes. My son's hair was growing and he was starting to gain some weight. His stools were more normal looking and he had a better appetite. He was back on the growth chart.

In my opinion, the best way to diagnose Celiac Disease is to try a gluten free diet and see if you notice your child become happier and healthier.


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