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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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My daughter & I are in the process of some sort of diagnosis. She had mouth eczema & we couldn't figure it out. I researched that gluten was a common culprit. While researching her medical issues, I realized I had many adult symptoms. We quit gluten together & both started healing. Her mouth eczema was healed in a week, & my rash is still healing.

She's had a flare up tat has coincided with starting kindergarten. I pack her lunches & her teacher is well aware of her condition. As far as I know, she's still gluten-free. I'm wondering f it's stress related? She as fun in kindergarten, but it can be stressful.

Any advice? Help? I'm taking her to the dr tomorrow, I'm looking for a referral to a specialist at children's.

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I think it could be stress related as well as the fact that you are both very early in the healing process. It can take months for the immune response to gluten to settle down, and even longer for the healing to occur. Until then, it's not unusual to experience set-backs for no real reason.

 

To be sure though, discuss hand washing policies before every snack and meal, and make sure play-dough is very contained and that your daughter washes immediately after being near it.

 

 

As for the specialist, if she is to be tested for celiac disease, she must be eating gluten in the weeks prior to testing or results may not be accurate. If her blood is tested for celiac disease, the best tests are:

DGP IgA and IgG

tTG IgA and IgG

EMA IgA

total serum IgA

 

The first test is very good at picking up celiac disease in kids but it is also the fastest to return to normal on a gluten-free diet. The more tests run the better.

 

This site discusses the tests from page 10 on wards: http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/assets/export/userfiles/2012_Celiac%20Disease_long_FINAL.pdf

 

Good luck!

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