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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com 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 Celiac.com Store.

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Hello all.  I'm a regular old midwestern mom that is joining in for help and support.  Last week I found out why my 1.5 year old dropped from 25% weight to 3% weight at 12 months...and hasn't really grown since.  The Ped ran bloodwork *again* and she was 100+ for her celiac test.  I am taking her to the dietician tomorrow and my husband and I take her to the GI on Monday.  Due to her age it sounds as if they won't do a biopsy, but I'll find out next week.

 

There has been so much to read and digest in the last week - and I can only imagine so much more to learn!

 

First, I'm so, so grateful to have a diagnosis.  How cool that my baby girl is finally going to grow (!!).

 

Second, I'm mentally putting together a list of working through this with my family (we also have a 7 y/o girl and 3.5 y/o boy).  After meeting with the dietician and GI we're going 100% on the diet.  The whole house is going to be gluten-free.  I think I know what to take out, what to buy new, how to keep the house gluten-free, but there are a few other things that I'm already mulling over:

1. Do I keep my car (which also carries other peoples' kids regularly) gluten-free?

2. Do I make sure that nobody ever brings food into our house?  We are the "entertaining" house and do a ton of pot-lucks, shared snacks, etc.  Providing all the food/drink for so many all the time sounds remarkably scary!

3. Do you have your older kids wash hands upon entering the house every single time?

4. She is still nursing so I'll obviously be on the diet, too, but will things like my beauty products harm her via my milk?  If so, suggestions on products to use would be highly appreciated.

 

Also:

5. What do you wish you would have known then when dealing with your little kid?

6. How did you bill this to your older kids so they don't feel "slighted" by the changes?

7. Did you also get tested, along with the other members of the family?

8. Something hit me earlier today - it would be so easy to fall into this weird disordered eating issue.  How to avoid this?

 

So many questions. :)  Thanks for any help you can give.  Just reading this particular forum has been so incredibly helpful to get my thoughts focused.

 

Angela

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Because Celiac disease is genetic and you must be eating gluten to get a positive result - get all the kids and you and the dad tested before eliminating gluten.  Good to know right now how many of you actually have Celiac at this point. 

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Yes, thank you for that.  We haven't altered our diets yet - waiting to see the doctors first to see about additional testing.

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Hi, I have celiac disease and my husband has been gluten free for 12 years (no formal diagnosis).  

 

Here's a few answers to some of your questions.  I'm sure others will follow!

 

  • Gluten free cars
  • Daughter (not gluten free) must wash her hands when entering the house (gets rid of the germs too!)
  • All playdate snacks are gluten free (homemade popcorn (cheap), fruit, potato/corn chips, ice cream, yogurt, gluten-free cookies (they don't even notice)
  • I'm the cook, so most family parties have always been  at our house.  I made most everything but have them bring drinks, potato and corn chips, gluten-free salsa, uncut fruit like grapes or I cut up when they arrive, salad fixings that I throw together, paper goods.  They  admit that they like lettuce wrapped burgers!

 

I don't think my daughter has ever felt slighted by our going gluten free.  I pack up her lunch with pre-packaged gluten foods (e.g. goldfish, cookies, frozen P & B sandwiches).  She's learned to eat a BLT on gluten-free bread and spaghetti on gluten-free pasta and as long as I bake homemade gluten-free baked goods, she's happy.   Our dinners have always been gluten-free her entire life!  

 

She does eat Cheerios but she uses her own bowl and I pour the cereal and be sure to clean the counter (we use a separate area).  She like rice porridge and eats Rice or Corn Chex.  My friends bake gluten goodies for her and I freeze them for her lunches.  

 

She goes out for meals with family and friends -- a nice time to bond. 

 

I would be more diligent about keeping gluten safely away from your baby.  They put everything in their mouths!  

 

Hope this helps!

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Thanks for your reply!  I'm going to start keeping lists of appropriate snacks - love your suggestions!

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