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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? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) 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

Got My Little Boys Results Today...

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Well, after waiting 6weeks and having to follow it up I finally got my little boys results today and it has been confirmed he has moderate to severe coeliac disease...I knew it would be positive BUT still a blow actually hearing it and it becoming reality!

Now I just dont know what to do. Do I wait to see the dietician? Do I try and have a go getting him gluten free on my own? I mean...it may sound silly but I just dont know what to give him to eat?! I thought I was prepared and Im really not. Maybe there was some hope that he wouldnt be and I wouldnt have to think about what he eats?!

Im from UK and should get some gluten free food on presciption for him so its free but how do I get the ball rolling with that? Do i have to wait until I see the dietician or can I just see my own GP. I havent actually been told any of this. Just feel a bit lost now... :unsure:

I had the endoscopy and biopsy yesterday so soon it could become reality that I actually have it too but somehow I think that might make things a bit easier if I did. Will have to now get my daughter tested too. Really dont want to have to go through it all again though :(

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How old is your little boy? That may help us in recommending foods.

You don't need permission from a dietician to start. Take a deep breath, relax and start your journey. It is a journey, a process, not a test, so no failing marks.

Start with simple, fresh foods that are already, naturally gluten-free-meats, fruits, vegetables, potatoes, rice etc. You can add back products and processed foods after you gain a better understanding.

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Start the diet right away. There are lots of "regular" foods (most actually) that are safe (meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, nuts, rice, beans, etc.) that don't cost extra and are available at a regular store. We still buy gluten-free bread and pasta for my son (6) but that is really about it. Now, at dinner, instead of making store-bought rice pilaf, I make brown rice or quinoa. Instead of having rolls with dinner, we just have another vegetable (better for you anyway!). For breakfast he eats eggs, yogurt, fruit, etc. He likes honey Chex cereal too. Lunch was a bit trickier since he used to bring a sandwich every day to school. Now he will do a bean and cheese tortilla (corn tortilla) or left overs from dinner. You will get the hang of it pretty quickly. Keep coming here for ideas.

I tested positive too and it was much easier for my son having someone else gluten-free in the house. Now it makes more sense that all our meals are gluten free and it is so much easier than making a separate dish for him or serving something that he can't have. My husband and older son can eat gluten when they are out of the house, but not at home.

Good luck. But don't wait . . . . my son had very few symptoms but we saw so much improvement in other areas when he went gluten-free (sleep, focus and concentration, mood, energy, etc.)


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Thank you for your replies :)

He is only 2. I have only just been food shopping today BEFORE I was told the results :huh: so most of the things i got for snacks have gluten in eg crisps and biscuits. I will have to see if the yogurts I got are gluten free, he loves yogurt but I think petit filous have gluten in do they? I dont know what to give him for breakfast tomorrow :blink: he doesnt like eggs at all. Usually he has cereal but he wont be able to have what iv got in. Wont be able to have toast either. Then dinner and tea are more hurdles :(

Feels so lost :(

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Well, there you go, you can give him the safe yogurt for breakfast. Sometimes we have to think outside the box and try other things for breakfast that are not traditional. Any dairy is good for B. Cheese, yogurt, some breakfast meat, fruit. My son and I have baked(microwaved) sweet potatoes/yams for breakfast-a dash of cinnamon and butter, or maple syrup is good. Fruit. Homemade custards-you can reduce the sugar a bit. Even if it's a little sweet, a baked custard is a better breakfast than most cereals. I often reduce the sugar in a recipe by half and it is still plenty sweet for us. Maybe you could find a rice/brown rice custard or rice porridge recipe? I make pumpkin or sweet potato custards sometimes too.

I'm not sure what you are used to having at tea, but again, fruit, baked custards, gelatin desserts are all easy until you are able to manage gluten-free baking or find some products.

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