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What's The Best Celiac Test For Kids?

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I know there are several kinds of tests out there for Celiacs but I need to know what is best for my kids. They really really hate needles but I want an accurate test.

My nutritionist recently told me about a new stool test that is 75% accurate and only costs like $48.

I have also read about a saliva test.

I am looking for a test that is accurate , that doesn't cost a bazillion dollars and isn't invasive.

If my kids do the stool or saliva test do they need to eat tons of wheat before the test?


Officially diagnosed Nov 2007

DH, osteoporosis, anemia

kidney & parathyroid problems

gluten-free since 2004 except for hidden gluten

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I don't know of any alternative test but for kids they have "butterfly" needles which are painless and so thin that you literally don't feel anything. (My friend has to use them since her veins are horrible). They are for very small veins (like kids) and veins that are hard to find. You have to ask for it though.

I am going through the same thing - wanting to test my kids as I am suspect of some of their symptoms - but I know they'll just refuse to get a blood test.


diagnosed January 2008 positive blood test

biopsy confirmed celiac February 2008

misdiagnosed with IBS for years!

bloating, constipation, migraines all disappeared with gluten-free diet

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