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I am so sorry that you are faced with this decision for your child. I can't imagine what it must be like for you. This is a decision that can't be taken lightly.
I wanted to share with you that I was preliminarily diagnosed with celiac less than a year ago. I had been living gluten free before that and found relief in the symptoms.
Just this week my new gastro doctor did a colonscopy and endoscopy to further explore my issues and provide a formal diagnosis. The problem is that I attempted to eat gluten for the test, but stopped after one attempt because I became so ill.I wanted to share this with you as you are making this decision for your child.
Would it be possible to ask your son if he wanted to try eating gluten again for the test? He may say no, because it made him feel bad, but he also may not have felt he suffered too much, as kids are resilient, and decide to try again.