What is celiac disease?

According to Raising Our Celiac Kids, “Celiac disease (CD) is a genetic autoimmune condition affecting the intestine when gluten is ingested. Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. When someone with CD eats gluten, the finger-like projections that line the walls of the small intestine known as villi become flattened and unable to absorb food and nutrients properly.”

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Common symptoms in children include

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Constipation
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Crankiness
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Anxiety
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Diarrhea
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Distended Abdomen
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Failure To Thrive
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Delayed Puberty
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Irritability
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Personality Changes
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Poor Growth
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Poor Memory
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Poor Concentration

Celiac Disease Diagnosis

The diagnosis of CD begins with a visit to child’s primary care physician (pediatrician). A thorough examination will be conducted. Family history, if applicable, should also be provided. The next step will include a celiac panel blood test. Finally, the gold standard for confirming diagnosis is an upper endoscopy with biopsy of the small intestine.

Celiac Disease Treatment

Celiac disease is a life-long diagnosis. There is currently no cure for celiac disease. The only treatment at this point in time is a strict gluten-free diet.

Read our Story

We’ve posted our full diagnosis story for others to read who may be going through similar or same circumstances. You may also contact us for support.

Find Support

Find a local resource through ROCK (Raising our Celiac Kids) and the National Celiac Association.

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