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  1. Celiac.com 05/17/2018 - Celiac disease is not one of the most deadly diseases out there, but it can put you through a lot of misery. Also known as coeliac, celiac disease is an inherited immune disorder. What happens is that your body’s immune system overreacts to gluten and damages the small intestine. People who suffer from the disease cannot digest gluten, a protein found in grain such as rye, barley, and wheat. While it may not sound like a severe complication at first, coeliac can be unpleasant to deal with. What’s worse is it would lower your body’s capacity to absorb minerals and vitamins. Naturally, the condition would cause nutritional deficiencies. The key problem that diagnosing celiac is difficult and takes take longer than usual. Surprisingly, the condition has over 200 identified symptoms. More than three million people suffer from the coeliac disease in the United States alone. Even though diagnosis is complicated, there are symptoms that can help you identify the condition during the early stages to minimize the damage. Here is how you can recognize the main symptoms of celiac disease: Diarrhea In various studies conducted over years, the most prominent symptom of celiac disease is chronic diarrhea. People suffering from the condition would experience loose watery stools that can last for up to four weeks after they stop taking gluten. Diarrhea can also be a symptom of food poisoning and other conditions, which is why it makes it difficult to diagnose coeliac. In certain cases, celiac disease can take up to four years to establish a sound diagnosis. Vomiting Another prominent symptom is vomiting. When accompanied by diarrhea, vomiting can be a painful experience that would leave you exhausted. It also results in malnutrition and the patient experiences weight loss (not in a good way though). If you experience uncontrolled vomiting, report the matter to a physician to manage the condition. Bloating Since coeliac disease damages the small intestine, bloating is another common system. This is due to inflammation of the digestive tract. In a study with more than a 1,000 participants, almost 73% of the people reported bloating after ingesting gluten. Bloating can be managed by eliminating gluten from the diet which is why a gluten-free diet is necessary for people suffering from celiac disease. Fatigue Constant feeling of tiredness and low energy levels is another common symptom associated with celiac disease. If you experience a lack of energy after in taking gluten, then you need to consult a physician to diagnose the condition. Now fatigue can also result from inefficient thyroid function, infections, and depression (a symptom of the coeliac disease). However, almost 51% of celiac patients suffer from fatigue in a study. Itchy Rash Now the chances of getting a rash after eating gluten are slim, but the symptom has been associated with celiac disease in the past. The condition can cause dermatitis herpetiformis, which causes a blistering skin rash that occurs around the buttocks, knees, and elbows. A study found out that almost 17% of patients suffering from celiac disease might develop dermatitis herpetiformis due to lack of right treatment. Make sure you schedule an online appointment with your dermatologist or visit the nearest healthcare facility to prevent worsening of symptoms. Even with such common symptoms, diagnosing the condition is imperative for a quick recovery and to mitigate the long-term risks associated with celiac disease. Sources: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov Celiac.com ncbi.nlm.nih.gov mendfamily.com
  2. Celiac.com 04/27/2016 - Parents who want to give a gluten-free diet to their toddlers can face difficulties. It can be tricky when it comes to balancing the vitamins, minerals, and calories your child needs to thrive. Young kids who are used to other foods can become picky eaters as well. Parents have to look for foods which taste good, are healthy, and are interesting enough to overcome objections to the new diet. It's very important to consult with your child's doctor, nutritionists, available networks, and other experts, like Danna Korn, founder of R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids). Find people who have walked a similar path and can guide you to the best possible gluten-free diet for your children. Gluten-free food ideas for toddlers Naturally mushy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables (ex. bananas, avocadoes, cooked sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes). You can start the day by making a smoothie; using frozen fruits like oranges, strawberries, bananas, honey and gluten-free yogurt. Smoothies are a great place to hide needed supplements, and you can easily adjust the ingredients to suit the taste and nutritional needs of your toddlers. Cream of rice can be another option for breakfast. You can add raisins, nuts, dried and frozen fruits and serve it with honey, fruit syrup, or brown sugar. Making and eating apple sauce can be fun as well. Just cook peeled, cored apples in a sauce pan with some water and cook them until they are mushy. For extra sweetness, mash these apples, add brown sugar or drip some maple syrup before serving. You may even sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg for some nice flavor. Use other fruits like pears, apricots and peaches to make other sauces. Eggs can be served in different forms. For example; scrambled, boiled, poached, deviled, fried, or even make egg salad. Some of the vegetables can be added to the gluten-free menu as well. You can try making muffins using pumpkins or carrots. To give them a better form and shape, you can even use mini-muffin pans. A home prepared macaroni and cheese can be very tasty and attractive to toddlers who consume dairy products. Make sure you're preparing it completely at home so it has controlled an amount of salt and other ingredients. Consider sandwiches on gluten-free bread with fillings like egg salad, grilled cheese, or fresh lettuce. One of the most popular accompaniments of sandwiches is tomato soup: an easy side to whip up for dipping and sipping. One of the all time favorites is rice pudding. If your toddler has a cow's milk allergy you can use rice milk or coconut milk. The most important thing is to make sure that the diet you are giving to your toddler is safe, nutritionally appropriate, and uses ingredients that are easily available. Having the advice of your toddler's doctor and nutritionist is key. It's not impossible and it does get easier with time. Like any life adjustment the beginning is the roughest. If you have an early diagnosis though, and you make it through the toddler years, you will be well on your way to making healthy, life-saving, choices for your child for years to come.