11 Month Old Slowly Starving To Death in Parents, Friends and Loved Ones of Celiacs Posted August 30, 2005 · Report to Admin My almost 6 year old son was just diagnosed via bloodwork and endoscopy just a couple of weeks ago. The Pediatric GI Surgeon said you need 3 things to have Celiac Disease. 1) exposure to gluten, so an infant consuming ONLY breast milk is not exposed (his words). Once the child starts eating solids, s/he is exposed to gluten. 2) the gene for Celiac disease 3) a triggering event. The doctor said the triggering event could be pretty much anything. My son at 5.5 years old weighs 34 lbs (below 10% on the growth chart) but is around 25% for height. He presented none of the "classic" symptoms, he was tested because of low weight and anemia. Now the gluten-free adventure begins!