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Hello! I am a new mom of a 7 month old baby. At the age of 6 months I began to feed my daughter vegetable based foods and also cereal with wheat, she developed two small dots on her face (one near chin, the other on her cheek.) I thought it was just baby acne since she had had it before.. Little did i know this "acne" would spread. Within a weekend of being on vacation and having limited access to her vegetable based food, I opted to feeding her mostly the cereal. My mistake. The two dots began getting larger and spreading to her cheeks. I began to research to try and find a skin condition that matched hers, the closes thing was Celiac Disease and DH Dermatitis Herpetiformis. I could see the areas being affected were on the back of her neck, cheeks, arms and elbows, and her ankles. It became blistery obviously itchy and uncomfortable. My husband did a DNA test that showed that he carries the genetic trait for Celiac Disease, so I have no doubt thats what it is. I stopped the cereal within immediate realization that she could have a gluten intolerance. Which I suppose I shouldn't have done because thats the only way to find out if they are indeed intolerant. Within a few days of gluten being withheld from her diet her face began to clear up again, but still from time to time will flair back up. (its only been about two weeks.) Is there a chance gluten is still in her system?? I also am breastfeeding, which I have read different things about it passing through the milk. As of now I am trying to keep my gluten intake level at a 0. Is there anyone who knows more information about Celiac in infants and how long a rash will last? or where I can find information for my sweet baby girl? Thank you in advance <3 

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4 hours ago, gabriele ariana said:

Hello! I am a new mom of a 7 month old baby. At the age of 6 months I began to feed my daughter vegetable based foods and also cereal with wheat, she developed two small dots on her face (one near chin, the other on her cheek.) I thought it was just baby acne since she had had it before.. Little did i know this "acne" would spread. Within a weekend of being on vacation and having limited access to her vegetable based food, I opted to feeding her mostly the cereal. My mistake. The two dots began getting larger and spreading to her cheeks. I began to research to try and find a skin condition that matched hers, the closes thing was Celiac Disease and DH Dermatitis Herpetiformis. I could see the areas being affected were on the back of her neck, cheeks, arms and elbows, and her ankles. It became blistery obviously itchy and uncomfortable. My husband did a DNA test that showed that he carries the genetic trait for Celiac Disease, so I have no doubt thats what it is. I stopped the cereal within immediate realization that she could have a gluten intolerance. Which I suppose I shouldn't have done because thats the only way to find out if they are indeed intolerant. Within a few days of gluten being withheld from her diet her face began to clear up again, but still from time to time will flair back up. (its only been about two weeks.) Is there a chance gluten is still in her system?? I also am breastfeeding, which I have read different things about it passing through the milk. As of now I am trying to keep my gluten intake level at a 0. Is there anyone who knows more information about Celiac in infants and how long a rash will last? or where I can find information for my sweet baby girl? Thank you in advance <3 

First, about 35% of the population carries the genes that could (rare) develop into celiac disease.  The genetic test just simply rules out celiac disease.  I guess your hubby  could develop it....some day or never.  

Baby?  Get your daughter to your Ped.  Babies can develop rashes (e.g. eczema)  for so many things.  It could be a wheat allergy and not even celiac disease which is an autoimmune disorder.  Celiac disease in the form of dermatitis herpetiformis (aka celiac rash)  is pretty unheard of in infants.  It is SUPER rare — like one case in 2005 and the researchers dug through case studies going back to 1966.  

Just curious.  The old method of grain (cereal) introduction was to give rice cereal.  Is that old outdated advice?  

Kudos for you for breastfeeding!    It was my fondest aspect of early motherhood.  So easy and convenient.  

Get to the doctor.  Do not try to diagnose an infant!  Trust your good mommy instincts.  Hopefully your baby just is not ready for wheat.  I recall that when introducing new foods you were to give a little and wait a few days for reactions.  Sounds like it might be as simple as too much of a good thing.  

 

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