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      • Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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    1. natalie22 added a post in a topic What To Feed 1 Year Old   

      Actually most babies at this age can eat almost anything, regardless the number of teeth. They just chew with their gums.
      You can give her the bread with all kinds of spreads, cooked or fresh vegetables, meat or chicken in various forms, mashed potatoes, rice, practically anything you are having cut into smaller pieces.

      As for the celiac, there will be no use to biopsy her at this time if she doesn't eat gluten regularly.

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    2. natalie22 added a post in a topic My Challenging 5 Year Old   

      Our daughter was diagnosed when she was 6.5 years old. She too had no apparent GI symptoms. The main reason she was tested was a two year long decrease of appetite and a little anemia (nothing very severe). Her antibodies were sky high and her iron reserves (ferritin) were almost zero.
      She was very hyperactive and could not concentrate enough to finish her first grade homework, which were very easy. A few months into her gluten-free diet her teacher asked us if we had switched girls in her 😃. Suddenly she was concentrating, not fidgeting in her chair, and completing homework in five minutes. A couple of years later she was diagnosed as a gifted child and now learns in a special gifted class in seventh grade and although material is very advanced, she has no problem with it.
      I am sure Celiac can alter a person's behavior and temper and even mental skills, especially in children, and I agree that you should insist your son gets tested further. It׳s important to make sure they take several samples from different areas, because sometimes one area is infected and the other is still clear.

      Good luck and good health

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    3. natalie22 added a post in a topic Traveling To Israel In July   

      Hi. We live in Israel. Most large and well known hotels will accommodate for all your celiac needs, especially if you let them know a couple of days in advance (call, email or fax). They usually provide gluten-free bread, will let you know what ingredients in the buffet are safe for you, and sometimes throw in some goodies ( ie cake or cookies or pancakes). Israeli breakfast buffets are very rich and vast, and I'm sure you'll find a large variety that will be both gluten-free and tasty.

      As for other meals - there are some food chains that offer gluten-free food regularly, such as "Black bar and burger", many "pizza hut" branches, "Oshi Oshi" sushi stands, etc.
      Most restaurants can offer gluten-free modifications of their regular menu. You just have to make sure they understand about celiac and cross contamination.

      Large supermarkets (for example SHUFERSAL chain) have health/gluten-free areas, with a wide variety of gluten-free food - bread, rolls, pastas, crackers, cakes etc.

      Will be happy to reply to any further questions here or by email.

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    4. natalie22 added a post in a topic Symptoms Come And Go...   

      Hi there

      It is very common for symptoms to come and go. Some celiacs don't have any symptoms whatsoever and some will react to a microscopic quantity of gluten. Our daughter used to be unsymptomatic but will now react if she sccidently consumes gluten.

      In my opinion it is worth doing the bloodwork, and if it comes out positive or if the doctor continues to suspect - go through with the scope. It is a very small unpainful procedure and it'll give you a clear answer.

      Good luck and good health

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    5. natalie22 added a post in a topic My Daughter's Scope Was This Morning   

      Hi. Our daughter had her scope six years ago. She was 6.5 years old at the time. We also got a report that everything looks ok at the end of the scope, but they told us immediately that it doesn't mean a lot and that we'll have to wait for the formal results. These came back after two or three weeks and were very positive for Celiac. Combined with the high blood tests there was no question about her diagnosis. She has been following a gluten free diet ever since and feeling great.

      Lots of health to all your family. Don't forget to have everyone in the family tested if she comes out positive

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