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Hello everyone. I am new to this group and looking for some help. Here is the story.

I have a newley diagnosied two year old and my husband and I are thinking of having another baby. But here where the our concerns start. I do not have Celiac neither does my husband but our family is full of Thyroid, Depression, Diabetis ect. (The specialest told us these are the factures that created our daughters Celiac).

So, does anyone know if our next child will have Celiac?? I have talked to a few other people and they are telling me that there is 99% chance that the next will have Celiac also.

Can anyone help????

Thanks for your help with this issue.

Amanda Lonson

Alberta, Canada

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No, the chances are not 99%. The chances that a first-degree relative of a known celiac will also be a celiac are about 1 in 10, as compared to 1 in 133 in the general population.

There are many cases where in a family with multiple children, only one has celiac disease.

The genetics are a factor, but it is also known that a "trigger" is needed to activate the gene. Many people have the genes, but never develop celiac disease. There are even cases of identical twins where one has celiac disease and the other does not.

While autoimmune diseases do tend to occur together, the specialist who told you that those other conditions in your family caused your child to be celiac is just plain WRONG.

By all means you should go ahead and have another child.

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Can anyone help????

Even if the chances of another baby having celiac WERE 99% (which I seriously doubt) I wouldnt let that stop me from having another blessing!

Honestly, avoiding gluten is not the end of the world! It gets easier too and I dont know how long you've been dealing with this with your child, but I PROMISE that it will eventually become second nature and not nearly so overwhelming.

We discovered after a year of sickness that our then 13 yr old son couldnt handle gluten or soy. Now, 3 yrs later he is doing really well!

Now, it's our daughter's turn. She is 12 this year, and has been sick over 3 months. Of course, my first thought was "GLUTEN!" since she has not been eating gluten-free like our son.

We took her off gluten for a month and she remained sick, with a FEVER every single day. It didnt seem to make a difference, so we gave up on the gluten idea and started going to doctors. Four doctors couldnt figure out why she has a fever every day... Finally, in desperation we took her off gluten again, and all the stomach issues cleared up but she is still running a fever DAILY since the middle of March!

I am hopeful that it is just taking her longer to recover from the gluten and that the fever will eventually go away.

The good news is that it didnt freak me out to think she'd have to be gluten free too as I had already gone through all that with our son.

YOU CAN DO IT! Even if your next child is gluten intolerant/celiac, it's not the end of the world. :)

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I certainly wouldn't let Celiac Disease stop me from having another baby if that is your hearts desire. My 5 year old was diagnosed six months ago. My 4 year old tested negative and has no symptoms at all. My 2 year old had to have the gene test because of her age and something weird popping up on her celiac panel and she is all clear and will never develop celiac disease. My 4 year old may or may not.....at some point we may do the gene test with him but it is not currently necessary. All that to say.....I agree with the previous poster. It does get easier and easier.

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While autoimmune diseases do tend to occur together, the specialist who told you that those other conditions in your family caused your child to be celiac is just plain WRONG.

By all means you should go ahead and have another child.

I agree with psawyer, that specialist is wrong.

I have 2 boys that were diagnosed after biopsies; my youngest was 18 months (2 months ago) and 5 years old. I just got the results from my 3rd child's genetic test - she has the genes for it but currently doesn't have any symptoms.

I'm 25 weeks pregnant with baby #4, it won't matter if he/she has celiac disease because the rest of us will be enjoying a gluten free lifestyle. The frustrations that I'm dealing with wouldn't keep me from the opportunity for another blessing. I want to encourage you to go for it!

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The amount of misinformation that some doctors spread is just beyond scary at times. I also wonder if they ever have a class on translating medical terminology into simple English in order to assist their patients in understanding their conditions.

The conditions you mentioned are all conditions which often precede, or occur in conjunction with a Celiac diagnosis. And there are some who would argue that being gluten-free could prevent these medical conditions entirely.

You and your husband may not have Celiac, but one of you most definitely passed the genes on to your daughter. I believe that about 30% of the population has at least one Celiac gene. So it's not that uncommon. Most people with the genes do not develop the disease. But in families where someone has it, the odds of others developing it are much higher. Still....it's not a 99% chance. Psawyer has the numbers correct on this.

I know that a Celiac diagnosis is tough to deal with in the beginning. There's a huge learning curve and quite a bit of anger and denial at some of the sacrifices that need to be made. But this all passes. I find your question to be an interesting one. Should you have more children? Both of you come from families full of diabetes, thyroid and depression issues. Are those diseases a more preferable risk (perhaps because they are familiar?)? Personally, I'm okay with a disease which is completely managable at home, without drugs.

And what will you tell your daughter when she grows up? Will you counsel her to not have children because she actually has the disease and may pass it on to your grandchildren? Will she grow up feeling that this disease is more a burden on you than on her?

Personally, I think that you should take a bit more time to understand what Celiac is and how it's handled before making this decision. You will hear this ad nauseum on this site, "The diet is tough in the beginning, but within a year, it becomes second nature". And it is so true. Truly, Celiac is not so awful that it merits giving up plans for a family. Don't let fear of a disease rule your decision. You didn't the first time. Any regrets? :)

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