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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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Hi, very new here.

I am interested in having my 6-year-old daughter blood-tested. She's got enough symptoms that it is just time to do it. We saw our family practice doc recently, and he didn't seem to want to do the blood test, but just told me to eliminate wheat/gluten and see if it helps. So, we took her off of wheat.

After doing more reasearch, I feel strongly that I want to just KNOW. She's been off gluten for 2 weeks, with the exception of two "accidental exposures".

I know that you have to be on gluten for the test to be accurate. Has she been off of it long enough to cause problems with the blood test? If we put her back on for the test, how long would we need to wait before doing the test?

Thanks for your help.

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Welcome to the board!

Two weeks off is not a mountain to climb. If she has noticeable symptoms, it is likely that there will not be complete healing in two weeks. That said, I would put her back on gluten for at least two to three weeks to undo any healing that may have taken place.

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Thank you for the response! I will call the doctor today and get the ball rolling...

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Thank you for the response! I will call the doctor today and get the ball rolling...

Well she is back on gluten for 4 weeks before the blood test.  We are seeing symptoms return. :(  It is hard to feed your child something that you are pretty sure is making them sick.

Thanks again for the help.

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