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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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My dd was just over 2 when she was diagnosed. She had a growth spurt, then stopped growing and only started after i had taken out dairy and soya from her diet. We will probably try dairy and soya when she is 5, she is going to be 4 this month!

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We did a 6 month trial diet for my son when he was 8. He had no symptoms but he is DQ2 positive. His sister has Celiac and he is small for his age. The GI was concerned about his size but didn't want to do an endoscopy (neither did we) without a stronger reason than his size. Since my daughter was already gluten free and the household in general gluten-lite, we did the trial to see if we noticed a change in his growth. The doc seemed to think that we would start seeing something within two months (initially - increased rate of weight gain). We saw nothing but stuck it out the whole 6 months to put the question to rest.

How is your child's weight? . . . you might see a difference there first.

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not sure how long it took really... my youngest started gaining a lb a month but he was still under 2 yrs... my other son gained like 2 shoe sizes within a couple months and my daughter seemed to grow at about the same rate... I didn't really pay attention to their growth other than for my youngest becaues growth was more of an issue there.

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My son was diagnosed in March of last year and has since gained 10 pounds and grown almost 3 inches. I had to buy him a new wardrobe including underwear, socks, and shoes! I was so happy to do that because he was still wearing clothes he had worn in kindergarten (and he was in 2nd grade).

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Our dd, we saw no real change in height/weight, but she was already in the 95th percentile for both-she was 4 a the time of diagnosis. She is now 7 and the height of a 10 year old.

Our son, however, was 2.5 when he was diagnosed. He was below the 10th % for height and weight. He was wearing 18mo clothing and a size 5 shoe (9-12mo size). Within 3 months, he moved to a shoe size 8 and 3T clothing--needless to say, those 3 months were pretty miserable with growing pains. He has evened off since then, is almost into a 4T--totally caught up to where he should be at this age (3.5y/o)

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My dd had slipped from her usual 50% for wieght down to about 15%. She has gained 3 lbs in three months since going gluten free, she is only two so I think that is great progress. I think her height is up about an inch as well.

For us it seems to be happening quickly

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Our 7 yrs old son's weight has been slow - or so we think he was chronically C so our ped's wasn't too concerned about what seemed like lack of weight gain. She said that b/c of the chronic C we probably weren't getting a true weight to begin with. We have been gluten-free since October and he has gained almost one and 1/4 inches so far. :) We have noticed that his body type seems to be changing, due to weight gain? We too had to buy him new pants and new underwear. Yeah!! He hadn't grown at all in at least a year so it was a very good thing to go shopping!!

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My son went on gluten free 1 month after his second birthday, it has now been 4 months on the diet.

As of today he has gained 3lbs, 2 1/2 inches and 1 1/2 shoe sizes!!!

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I say this all the time, sorry for the repetition:

If you really feel like he's not responding growth-wise (and it will vary, but you should see some response) have his zinc levels checked. I never knew it mattered -- zinc? -- what's that for? , but when my son was dx that was one of the first things they added to his meds. Apparently, a zinc deficiency (common in newly diagnosed) really hampers growth. He took a zinc liquid supplement (prescription) for about 4 months. Grew like a weed, and has been ever since

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Thanks for all of the posts! My son began gaining weight almost immediately after going gluten , dairy and soy free but hasn't really gained in height (still below the 5th percentile). However, my husband is 5'6" so our son may just be short genetically....

Lisa

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We also haven't had amazing growth, though we did see an initial spurt it leveled. My dd has been followed by the enocrinologist the past year, an while she is still in the 1.5 percetile, she is growing on the curve. Also have a short husband, so it might just be. . . s hard to know when to worry and when to relax

patty

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