4 months old boy | 2 years ago
How can I help my child with celiac disease?
2 years ago
Help your child manage and maintain a gluten-free diet. Gluten is deadly if you have celiac disease. There is some evidence that if untreated, celiac disease can lead to future health problems, including osteoporosis, intestinal lymphoma, infertility, and other associated autoimmune diseases. All grains containing gluten must be removed from the diet. Be careful to avoid foods with ingredients that were derived from these grains as well. For example, your child should not eat pasta made from wheat or cereal that contains barley. Once gluten is removed from the diet, the small intestine will start to heal. Your child should start to feel better and his symptoms should improve. It is not easy to know how long this will take. Recovery is different for each person. Do not stop the diet once your child’s symptoms have improved. Reintroducing gluten into the diet will make symptoms return and prevent his body from absorbing the nutrients it needs. If the symptoms do not go away, you should notify your child’s doctor. You may need to meet with a dietitian again to make sure there are no hidden sources of gluten in your child’s diet. Gluten-free foods are usually made from rice, corn, and potato.