What is Celiac Disease?
Celiac Disease is a life-long digestive, autoimmune disorder in which the intestines become damaged and unable to absorb nutrients as a result of an autoimmune response to the consumption of food containing the protein gluten.
What are some symptoms of Celiac Disease?
A child with Celiac Disease will most likely thrive until gluten is introduced into his diet, at which time he may become irritated, listless and refuse feedings. Some children may experience diarrhea, abnormal stools, or continual vomiting. Many children lose weight from the condition; symptoms vary and often present differently from one child to the next.
How does the condition progress?
While symptoms may come and go from week to week, Celiac Disease is a chronic condition. An individual with Celiac must maintain a gluten-free diet to avoid damage to the intestinal tract.
How can I help treat my child’s Celiac?
Celiac Disease is treated by simply avoiding gluten. This can be difficult because gluten is present in many foods, including breads and cereals. Celiac sufferers must maintain a gluten-free diet in order for the small intestine to heal; any consumption of gluten, however small or sporadic, will trigger an adverse response and negative symptoms.
Our Approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, our licensed dieticians are specially trained to treat children with Celiac. Our dieticians will provide delicious recipes and healthy food choices for your family. Additionally, we will educate your family on the condition and suggest simple strategies to implement so your child can lead a healthy life-style. We recognize the psychological needs of children diagnosed with Celiac disease and will work with your child to promote independence by empowering him with the tools to make healthy food choices throughout his life.