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  1. My nearly 4 year old son just got the following results back from a celiac screening done because his baby brother was recently diagnosed. This child has no symptoms that I am aware of - he did have chronic diarrhea as a baby, but I believe that was due to cows-milk protein allergy and he seems to have totally outgrown that: AGA IgG 80 (<24normal) AGA IgA 8 (<20normal) Anti-Endomeisal EMA IgA Neg Anti Transglutaminase IgG 3 (normal <20) IgA 2 So only the IgG was positive. This child eats 2 waffles EVERY day for breakfast as well as at least 3 other pieces of bread a day - total carb maniac and a great eater! So the IgA is not low because of any recent decrease in gluten for sure. Can this be a IgA deficiency, or does the fact that his IgA was 8 indicate that there is sufficient IgA response? I would certainly keep him gluten free with these results if he were at all symptomatic like his 11 month old brother, but I just hate to impose restrictions that are unneccesary in a child with very well established eating preferences. Thanks in advance for sharing your time and knowledge! Jen
  2. My 11 month old son was just diagnosed with celiac disease. We are waiting on test results for my other two children - who are much less symptomatic and eat an absolutely ridiculous amount of gluten. I am so new to this, and I am just wondering if it is ever possible for some people to be mildly gluten intolerant and able to tolerate small amounts without negative consequences. I certainly would never experiment with my 11 month old twins as they are not able to tell me about how they feel, etc. But in my older child, could it be possible that he might be able to tolerate a little cheating once in a while, if I would monitor his symptoms and reaction to foods? This is probably a very naive question, but I am just feeling so overwhelmed. I think at-home eating will be no problem (I realize there are so many gluten-free options available) but am I thinking of things like birthday parties, trips to friends houses, etc, --can people with celiac disease ever indulge just a BIT? Thanks, Jen