Pediatric Celiac Disease
If your child has celiac disease, consuming gluten will cause damage to finger-like projections, called villi, in the lining of your child's small intestines.
Celiac disease is a life-long condition, but it is manageable through permanent modifications to the diet. Simply put, anyone with celiac disease must adhere to a gluten free diet. While this may seem daunting at first--especially for kids--you'll find that many nutritious, tasty foods fit into this diet (including fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, poultry--and even soft drinks and ice cream!) For more information and ideas, see CDHNF's Gluten-Free Diet Guide.
Quick Facts on Celiac Disease:
- Approximately 40,000 Americans have been diagnosed with celiac disease.
- Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, meaning it causes a person's immune system to attack the body.
- Symptoms of celiac disease can appear at any age after gluten is introduced into the diet.
- Patients with celiac disease must follow a lifelong gluten free diet
Children are at higher risk for celiac disease if they have:
- Type 1 diabetes
- Autoimmune thyroid disease
- Dermatitis herpetiformis
- Down syndrome
- Turner syndrome
- Williams syndrome
- A relative with celiac disease