Celiac Disease Health

Celiac Disease and Gluten Disorders in Children

If you think your child is having a reaction to gluten, it’s important to see a doctor before you go gluten free. Learn more about the main gluten-related disorders including celiac disease, wheat allergies, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity. http://www.chop.edu/foodallergy

Thank you to Paulette Rubin and the Rubin Family Foundation for providing the funding to create this educational video.

This animation was created by pediatric doctors who are internationally known experts in celiac disease and wheat allergies.

Celiac disease is a well known condition. Many people diagnose themselves or their children with celiac disease. However, only about 1% of the population has celiac disease. The symptoms are so varied and so common that it’s easy to misdiagnose this condition.

There are other gluten-related conditions.

Children can have different types of wheat allergies, including eosinophilic esophagitis (http://www.chop.edu/eoe), IgE-mediated wheat allergy, and food protein-induced enterocolitis (FPIES). Non-celiac gluten sensitivity is another category of gluten disorder.

Going gluten free is not necessarily healthy, and it can be expensive. Before you go gluten free, make an appointment with a pediatric doctor who has expertise in gluten disorders.

They will order a very specific set of tests to make an accurate diagnosis, so that your child’s treatment can be tailored to their condition. Some tests need to be done while you are still eating gluten, so doctors can tell how your cells are reacting. This is another reason not to go gluten free until you see a doctor.

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