How do you know if your child is gluten intolerant? Check the signs that indicate that your child may be celiac.
The celiac disease or celiac disease is intolerance (does not become an allergy) to gluten wheat, barley and rye and, therefore, all foods containing greater or lesser extent. This genetically based intolerance causes intestinal inflammation which in turn leads to other problems such as vomiting or diarrhea.
WHO IS AFFECTED BY CELIAC DISEASE?
It is estimated that celiac disease affects 1% of the population , having twice the possibility of suffering in the case of women. There is no fixed pattern in the development of the disease, so many people do not develop it until their teens or even later.
The symptoms are also so diverse that it is estimated that 75% of the people who suffer from it are not properly diagnosed with this disease.
SYMPTOMS OF A CELIAC CHILD
Not having a specific age of onset, it can be difficult to determine the disease with the naked eye. In the case of children who are still young and do not know how to speak or express themselves with difficulty, we must be especially vigilant to try to capture all the signals that our children send us.
CELIAC DISEASE CAN MANIFEST ITSELF IN THE CHILD OR NOT GIVE SYMPTOMS UNTIL ADOLESCENCE
If the baby has developed the disease since childhood, the diagnosis will be quite easy when it begins to take papillae, generally rich in gluten. If the child has celiac disease, we will quickly detect his intolerance to this type of food.
These are the most frequent symptoms that may indicate that we are dealing with a celiac child:
– Frequent , foul-smelling or thick diarrhea
– Weight-related illnesses such as weight loss or anorexia
– Asthenia : the feeling of tiredness and fatigue
– Problems in the child’s growth
– Delayed growth: the child measures and grows more slowly than his peers
– Abdominal distension
– Character changes: introverted boy with his friends
– Behavioral disorders such as dyslexia , hyperactivity and even autism
– Leukopenia: decreased number of leukocytes
– Coagulopathies: problems with blood clotting
– Thrombocytosis: increased platelets in the blood
– Defects in teeth and tooth enamel
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF A CELIAC CHILD
If you notice that your child suffers from any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you go to the doctor and convey your suspicions. The unequivocal way to diagnose celiac disease is by performing an intestinal biopsy , that is, removing a small sample of the intestinal tissue and checking if it is damaged after consuming gluten.
The first thing your doctor will ask for is a blood test to study all the markers of celiac disease that will corroborate your suspicions, and then perform the aforementioned intestinal biopsy. Fortunately, the test can now be performed without any anesthesia even in children, since it is not a painful technique , although it is somewhat annoying.
It is very important that you go to the doctor and do not act on your own by removing gluten from the diet before the definitive diagnosis that a specialist must make. If you remove the gluten before carrying out the relevant tests, you will delay the diagnosis of the disease, which will end up damaging the health of your child.
Celiac disease is a chronic disease whose only cure is to follow a gluten-free diet throughout life . The celiac child can eat meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and even cereals that do not contain gluten. Every day there is more awareness of celiac disease in society and both supermarkets and restaurants usually indicate which foods are gluten-free.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.