Link Between Celiac Mom (On Gluten) And Under-Formed Palate?
Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:20 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:38 PM
Kind of a long shot but I was wondering if anyone knew of a link between a mom who's celiac and getting gluten (undiagnosed in my case) and giving birth to a child without a fully formed palate? My son is 4 and doesn't have a cleft palate but after two years of speech therapy a new therapist just pointed out to me that his soft palate doesn't close fully, making his voice very nasal and unclear. She thinks he'll need surgery. I was just wondering if that's a fluke or maybe it's related to malnutrition in utero?
Hi, I am a celiac, mother, and pediatrician. I try my best to read all of the newest research concerning problems related to celiac disease while pregnant, breastfeeding, etc. and I have not come across any info linking gluten exposure in utero to palatal formation or function in a baby/child. I am not trying to say that the 2 things are not related, just that there is currently not any research that has investigated this. Hope this helps!
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:10 PM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:49 PM
Here is a link to an article which I recently read which summarizes research on the passage of celiac antibodies into breast milk:
This is a great website for information on the effects of maternal ingestion of medications, herbs, foods, etc. on the breastfeeding infant.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:43 PM
Supplementation with folic acid has also been shown to reduce the risk of congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, and urinary tract anomalies.
It wouldnt be much of a strech to say that it might have something in common with it.
At any rate, if you were unable to absorb what you need because of celiac, then i can see the possible connection.
(i'm somewhat of a medical nerd )
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