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Question About Testing For Celiacs

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I'm confused how you test a baby for Celiacs. From what I read if you are on a gluten free diet you won't test positive for it. However, if I give Violet gluten - even a few bites she reacts horribly! Not sleeping through the night, instant diarrhea, etc. There is NO WAY ON EARTH I would put her through that for 6 months to get the test correctly.

So what are my options? I'm clueless!

Thanks!

Linda

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The blood tests aren't at ALL reliable in little babies and small children.

Even the most reputable Celiac specialists all agree on that.

If gluten makes your baby sick, by all means... avoid it. If you feel that you must have testing done now, unless you do the genetic testing... I think you'd have to continue feeding it to her. It's a horrible "catch-22" with regards to the definitive tests (which aren't always definitive, even in adults!).

Best wishes!


Jayhawkmom -

Mom of three....

Jay - 11

Bean - 8

Ian - 3

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