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

      This FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Store. For Additional Information: Subscribe to: Journal of Gluten Sensitivity


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  1. We found out tonight that our 13-month-old has celiac disease. Our 4 yo daughter was diagnosed at 3 1/2. Obviously, our son - who only has two small teeth - is eating very different foods than she was at the time of her diagnosis. He lives on his Puffs, Gerber Graduates, graham cracker sticks, veggie crackers - you name it. I'm also feeling frustrated because I can't give him easy microwaveable meals like the Gerber Graduates anymore (not that they were healthy to begin with, but...). Does anyone have any suggestions for food alternatives? Also, what do you know about Gerber products like the Garden Mashers? Are they safe? Thanks, Lisa Pittsburgh, PA
  2. I don't work for any of the celiac disease organizations. I'm just a parent with a 4-year-old daughter who has celiac disease (and a 13-month-old son who's in the process of possibly being diagnosed). I found out about this site today, and entered a couple of celiac organizations (Celiac Awareness Organization and Celiac Sprue Research Foundation). Check it out: I'm now using to search the Internet. Every time I do, money goes to my favorite charity or school. I hope you'll give it a try and support the cause that you care most about. The site is powered by Yahoo!, so you'll get the same quality search results that you're used to. What's unique is that they have developed a way to direct money to your charity or school with every click. The more people who use this site, the more money will go to those in need. So please spread the word to your friends and family. Let's do it!! Lisa Pittsburgh, PA
  3. My 4 yo daughter loved her Flintstone's chewables, which of course she can't have anymore. We tried Centrum Complete, but she hated them. We were at Target the other day, and their version of the Lil Critters says right on the label that there's no gluten, so we got those and she loves them. Success!
  4. Dd is turning 4 next week. We thought maybe it was a virus because she had red dots (raised) all over her body and that's what the GI NP said it probably was. But now she's complaining of stomach aches again. Her stomach looks bigger (both my husband and I noticed this independently) and she keeps complaining about her stomach hurting, and even got teary a few times. So maybe this is exposure? I have no idea and also of course don't know how she could have gotten exposed. This is so hard! Lisa
  5. Is it possible to have a delayed reaction to gluten? My daughter had 2-3 pieces of a dish that had gluten in it on a Tuesday, and didn't complain of a stomach ache until Friday and Saturday. It was at its worst Saturday night. She's only been on the diet since August, and this was the first known exposure. Thanks, Lisa
  6. If you get deli meat from a store, and you know the deli meat itself is gluten-free, do you ask for the slicer to be cleaned? What has your experience been with this? What's the danger of cross contamination here and is it one we should worry about? Thanks! Lisa
  7. I know this is an old post, but I'm curious to know what you did. My daughter was also prescribed omnicef. Apparently the company can't guarantee that it's gluten-free. Unfortunately, she can't have any of the penicillin based medications like Augmentin, because she's allergic. She was on Zithromax, but her ear infection was resistant to the antibiotic. The active ingredient in omnicef is made in wheat, but then it's distilled a few times. They haven't tested the distillation process, however, nor can the company vouch for ingredients from outside vendors. Our pediatrician said to give her the omnicef due to the lack of other options, and we'll see if she has any reactions. This still makes me nervous! If anyone has had experience with a celiac on omnicef, please let me know if there was a reaction or not - it'd put me at ease (or not!). Thanks, Lisa
  8. I just checked the list at Delphi Forums, and this is what they have for One a Day: One-A-Day (Bayer) (000.000.0000) (ve=09/13/02) Company does not add gluten-derived products to their Multiple Vitamin products as an ingredient. However they cannot guarantee their vendor-supplied ingredients are 100% gluten-free. So based on that, it's not safe to buy - right? I should add that dd doesn't like things that are too sweet. I don't know if the other vitamin suggestions fall in that category. Lisa
  9. My 3 1/2 year old was diagnosed with celiac about a month ago. She loves Flintstone vitamins, but of course they're not gluten-free. I got Centrum Kids Complete but she doesn't like them. Are there any other options I can give her that she might like? Thanks! Lisa
  10. I wanted to post an update: I ordered Eating Gluten-Free With Emily for my daughter, and it came in the mail today. I had told her it was coming, so she was primed. She loves it! She's already had it read to her three times and has even memorized some of it. It's so much more age-appropriate than No More Cupcakes or Tummy Aches, the pictures are cheerful and the message is good. Thanks for the recommendation. Two thumbs up!
  11. Since my 3 1/2 year old daughter was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago, I can't tell you how many people have said they had celiac when they were younger and outgrew it. From everything I've read, this is impossible - right? I told them maybe it's because they were misdiagnosed; the tests back then can't be as good as they are now. But one relative said her husband was definitively diagnosed by a hospital (he's in his 50s now, I think). So what can I say to these people? How do you explain these "diagnoses?" Thanks!
  12. I need a primer in how long gluten-free food lasts. It's my understanding that because there are no preservatives, it tends to go bad quickly. How do you know? What are the recommendations? I got some cookies for my daughter on Tuesday, and the bag's open but the expiration date isn't until March 2006. Does that mean that it's okay until it's opened? If so, how much time do we have? I've had bread in the fridge since Tuesday also, and pasta, rice cakes, rice bars and cereal in the pantry. Thanks!
  13. My 3 1/2 year old daughter was just diagnosed as celiac, so I'm just starting to wade through these waters. I'm thinking ahead to situations where we'll have to bring food for her, and wonder if a cooler would come in handy? How many of you use one? I'm thinking it might be helpful to have a small portable one with a compartment to keep food cold as well as room temperature or warm, so that all of her food doesn't have to be cold. Are there any recommendations? Thanks!
  14. Thank you so much for the replies posted so far; I'm glad there are a couple of other options to check out!
  15. My 3 1/2 year old daughter was just diagnosed as celiac. Does anyone have any children's books to recommend? We were given one by Jax Peters Lowell called No More Cupcakes and Tummy Aches. Unfortunately, it's not age appropriate. It's also depressing and the pictures are creepy. Thanks!