Recognizing Celiac Disease in Kids

As you know, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, and it is a genetic condition that does run in families. The question is: How does one really diagnose celiac disease? It starts out, of course, with first being aware of the potential for celiac disease and therefore thinking about the symptoms. They are the classic symptoms that almost everyone knows about: A child is losing weight and has a distended belly and diarrhea. But by and large these days, the diagnosis is more frequent in children who don’t have the classic symptoms. Ritu Verma, MD Pediatric gastroenterologist and Director of the Center for Celiac Disease at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia usually tends to say: “Think about celiac disease and nonclassic symptoms, thinking from head to toe.”

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