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glutenannie

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  1. I would not wait for tests! She does not 'need' G grains in her diet and loose stools are suggestive that nutrition is passing thru too quickly. Celiac disease is a result of genetic sensitivity to G. She does not have to develop the celiac disease, to take action now. Some things to consider- does your family have history of immune diseases? as these may also be linked to G sensitivity. is she weaned? has she had anti-biotics? Her gut may need healing and maybe even probiotics. However being gluten free for a month may result as inconclusive tests...BUT if her stools normalise and presumably her mood alongside that, then what have you got to lose except doctor bills? Other 'allergies" can/will develop if the gut is disturbed. It would be good to familarise yourself with current info on gluten sensitivity not just limit to celiac disease. Do a search for books and sites as it is much easier to nip in bud now. It is a myth that gluten-free diet is hard or nutritionally inferior.
  2. Depends on their age, and whether they have immune problems presenting. I would also famiarise with all related symptoms of G sensitivity so you can be aware of them occurring in your kids down the track. Testing also depends on what test and whether of an invasive nature when there are no symptoms. There are genetic markers for this condition and the likelihoood is strong that they may be gluten sensitive if not actually celiac prone. I found that it was far better and easier to adopt a general gluten free diet for entire family. (I.e. same cake/ cookies /gravy /noodles etc for everyone.) Also if you have already noticed immune problems then I would not hesitate to adopt this diet. Also I advise to drop any ideas they may develop of being a 'victim of fate' or getting 'special treatment' as really it is no different to white skinned people having to take more care in the sun! You can say for e.g. "We-our family-always wears a hat in the sun or we get burnt, we- our family- dont eat G foods or we ...insert your words". If problems have not already surfaced, I would let them "breakout" of gluten-free for social occasions where difficulty arises - birthday parties , school events etc, as it is frequency of consumption over time that leads to the chronic illnesses. Unless of course they have serious symptoms already in which case your doctor should have suggested.. They can test out (if they want) when they are old enough to make choices. At 11 my oldest son ( still not tested and neither i for that matter) insisted on having a meat pie as school lunch treat once a month, "like the other kids" and always had a red rash around his mouth by the next day, which then took over a week or 2 to heal. He continued this pattern for most of that year. When he got to high school, the next year, he easily rationaiised that it was better to be rash free than eat G pastry! The important thing is to understand that no-one "grows out" gluten sensitivity- so having gluten grains or avoiding them will not change the sensitivity anymore than we can change the color of your skin. It is the signs & symptoms that may change during the lifetime, and they will worsen if the cause is ignored. Which is why being generally gluten-free is the best you can do for your children now. Please read "Dangerous Grains" for more.