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Celiac Or Allergy Symptoms?

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My 9 year old son had a slightly positive celiac blood panel and this week had an endoscopy. We won't have the results of the endoscopy biopsies for several weeks and apparently there was not any visible Celiac damage that the dr saw. She did see excessive stomach acid and prescribed him a medication for that.

He has had reflux, stomach cramps and pains and diahrrea & loose stools for probably about a year - that is what finally led us to get tested. He is somewhat skinny for his age - about 61 pounds and 9 years, but doesn't eat well either.

He has recently noticed that his throat and ear itch after he has "Frosted Mini Wheats" (his favorite) for breakfast. He also occassionally has immediate stomach pains with breakfast.. Are those possible symptoms of Celiac or maybe more of an allergy?

Last week, he was skin allergy tested for the 8 most common allergens (including wheat) and was negative on everything.

So, at this point we are just waiting for biopsy results, but I'm trying to figure things out. I did buy some gluten-free cereal that he had today and he said he did not itch or have pain - so maybe that is the answer..

Just curious, if the itching & immediate stomach pain is related to Celiac or an allergy?

Thanks

Debbie

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My 9 year old son had a slightly positive celiac blood panel and this week had an endoscopy. We won't have the results of the endoscopy biopsies for several weeks and apparently there was not any visible Celiac damage that the dr saw. She did see excessive stomach acid and prescribed him a medication for that.

He has had reflux, stomach cramps and pains and diahrrea & loose stools for probably about a year - that is what finally led us to get tested. He is somewhat skinny for his age - about 61 pounds and 9 years, but doesn't eat well either.

He has recently noticed that his throat and ear itch after he has "Frosted Mini Wheats" (his favorite) for breakfast. He also occassionally has immediate stomach pains with breakfast.. Are those possible symptoms of Celiac or maybe more of an allergy?

Last week, he was skin allergy tested for the 8 most common allergens (including wheat) and was negative on everything.

So, at this point we are just waiting for biopsy results, but I'm trying to figure things out. I did buy some gluten-free cereal that he had today and he said he did not itch or have pain - so maybe that is the answer..

Just curious, if the itching & immediate stomach pain is related to Celiac or an allergy?

Thanks

Debbie

No one has any thoughts... perhaps it is an allergy symptom rather than Celiac/gluten if no one has experienced the ear & throat itching..

hmmm I guess I need to be patient and wait for results.

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Hi Debbie.

With positive blood tests, even if the endo. biopsy is negative, he needs to be gluten-free. As for the reactions he is having, it is hard to say if it is an allergy or celiac, it may be both. Does he have milk with the cereal? Have you tried the cereal separately to see if it causes the same reaction? (I know it is hard to eat that cereal dry, so maybe just a little :) ) It is advised to also take dairy out for a short time in the begining. It is hard but doable.

The Dr. said she did not see any visible damage, this is good news, this could mean there isn't too much damage yet, but also she can't tell until it is looked at under a microscope. So, since the testing is complete for celiac, you can start him on gluten-free now. There is no need to wait for the endo results.

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