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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes

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We had an appointment with an ENT on Wednesday and may have found the best doc ever. Our 26 month old was sent to see this doc due to snoring, suspicions of apnea, and regression in eating. We were talking about her other health issues and mentioned she was gluten free because she had issues when she ate it such as constipation, rashes, screaming, and anemia. Told him our ped said to assume it was celiac, and he said if our ped ( who is also his kids ped!) said celiac it's celiac! Finally an official diagnosis for 1 of my little monkeys.

On the negative side he suspects EE, which I knew more about than the resident who was with him as our eldest was supposed to be scoped for it a 2 as well. We were just expecting to be told she need her tonsils and adenoids out. They also suspect central sleep apnea.

Anyone have a child diagnosed with EE this young?

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Our little one was so similar. She had ENT surgery at 15 months for sleep apnea, chronic sinus issues etc... When we saw our ent they got GI surgeon involved so they could scope during the surgery since he also suspected EE. In our case the scope result was negative for EE and positive for celiac. We are still unsure however if perhaps the EE triggers weren't there though as she is so much better with gluten free but still chokes frequently, gags and has some issues with eating. So there is still some suspicion of it I think?

The ENT here was pretty certain would be EE as he said "something" had to be making her adenoids and tonsils so huge... is that what your ent has said? Are you able to get scoping with the surgery? It was nice having all done at once.

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My daughter diagnosed as "probable" Celiac when she was 16 months old and then EE when she was 6.  She was too ill to be scoped for the Gold standard Celiac diagnoses.

 

Keep a food journal and also take note of airborn allergens.  Living with EE for 4 years has proven a seasonal allergen connection.  (Not allergy testing)  If there is an EE diagnoses you should be reffered to an allergist.  Please keep in mind EE is an auto-immune issue and not a true allergy.  "Triggers" (food or airborn) cause the immune system to produce eosinophils that, once activated are active for 12 days.  An endoscopy with biopsies needs to be done.  ("normal" looking tissue also needs to be biopsied as the eosinophils can be embedded and not visible to the scope.)

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Our ENT was really clued up about EE so hopefully he sends us to a gastro who is. The intern who did our initial consultation had never heard of it.

Her tonsils are normal size and the ENT said he won't remove her adenoids until he knows for sure it's obstructive apnea.

We already have an allergist, and she knows a lot about EE and she wanted our eldest scoped for it, do I know she'll push to get things done right.

We've already started a food diary. Seasonal a allergies being a trigger wouldn't surprise mits sneeze city between my eldest, their dad, and grandmother!

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Are they doing a full sleep study then for the apnea? For our daughter they also suspect some central sleep apnea but they felt adenoids still had some contribution so did remove adenoids and then will repeat the sleep study in may and if some apnea remains will start clap. As a mom don't like the delay in cpap! Don't like thinking of her jot getting enough oxygen regularly! But for us to be honest the adenoid removal doesn't seem to have had much effect to the naked eye on snoring or apnea as it still seems quite evident. So maybe a blessing to not have to do it yet. Especially if allergist is in tune! Hope you can sort some if it out quickly. It is tough waiting and coordinating these opinions etc...

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They want to do a sleep study before even thinking of surgery thankfully. Our ENT is firm on sleep study before surgery. She's lost weight so the allergist will definitely push for an EE investigation. Today she ate scrambled eggs and yogurt, everything else she was given she chewed and spat out.

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OK The chewing food and spitting it out can be a symptom of PICA.  (*Usually* the desire to eat non-food items caused by anemia.  This is the best scenario if she is just doing this with real food and not chewing drywall, dirt, and ??)  Get her iron levels checked.

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She was aneamic but her last iron levels were really good. The things she spits out 6 months ago she used to eat. After she spits things out she starts crying that she's hungry. pICA was discussed but last time she even licked walls, ate her shoes, her sister, anything was food to her and she ate it! There main reason for questioning EE is regression, everything she used to eat she no longer does, she wants to but she won't/can't. Yogurt and eggs disappear quickly, she had 2 scrambled eggs for lunch yesterday and a yogurt at bedtime. She was offered gluten free pizza, but all she did was pick everything off and lick of the tomato sauce.

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I wouldn't wait a day longer without working with a ped. gastro. and getting the endoscopy appointment.  (it can be a 3 month wait for finding a ped. gastro., but once your in the office the endoscopy gets scheduled right away.)

 

To answer another one of your questions, the tonsils are very enlarged for my daughter too.  It usually looks like she has strep throat.  Enlarged irritated tonsils (you can see blood vessels), creamy spots, and her breath smells like nasty pus.

 

I know you want to see her eat and you can't change her diet yet.  You can add chilled soothing things.  Slurpees and popscicles can help during the "worst time of day/evening".

 

The ped. gastro. does not consider the instant skin prick test for iron levels to be accurate at all.  At least you know about PICA.

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We are in canada so everything is done through referrals, so they are pushing things through as fast as they can. We know who we want to see. My eldest saw a gastro so the sibling connection helps speed things up as well. Also thankfully for kids they do a vial blood test for iron. It's just a waiting game waiting for departments to sort out things.

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Yes, my daughter did the spitting the food out too!  Wow!  They have many similarities so I have been following your thread!  Are they treating her for reflux at all?  My daughter had done the spitting it out, got better temporarily with going gluten free but then it emerged again, we went back to our pediatrician who is thinking it is reflux so she doesn't want to swallow because it hurts so he is treating her for reflux and she has stopped spitting the food out and appetite has improved again.  They also had her on the same meds for this prior to scoping for EE as the GI specialist wanted to make sure what he was seeing wasn't "just" reflux and she needed to be on it for a while, so if she is not being treated for that it might be worth asking the pediatrician about.

 

Hopefully your referrals go through quickly, and the same for the sleep study- that can be slow to arrange.  We had had ours done prior to seeing ENT through a pulmonologist- are you seeing one?  If they are thinking central sleep apnea it also is likely a specialist you should get started on a referral for if not.  I am in Canada too and the wait time for that specialist can wait at times...  

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We are in Vancouver bc children's does all the leg work, we are going to see a respirologist the ENT said it would be quick....hopefully

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Still waiting! And the last few days she has been pretty bad, of course probably because it's. Holiday weekend! They never get sick during normal office hours! She's had my mother in law freaked out a few times as she thought she was choking, guess a few phone calls are needed on Tuesday to chase up doctors.

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Aw that sucks! The wait is hard for all of these things! My daughter has been worse the last few weeks and the pulmonologist thinks perhaps is seasonal allergies with EE that just didn't show. And we just repeated her sleep study poat-op now so that was reminding me of you! I hope the referals speed up for you!!! And as you said, always gets worse on the weekends! And especially the long ones. Hope the referrals speed up, the waiting is the worst!

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