Have you ever eaten gluten? No, not glue – gluten! If you have eaten a piece of bread, a slice of pizza, or a bowl of cereal, chances are you have. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley – grains that are in many everyday foods. Most people can eat food containing gluten with no trouble. But for some people, eating gluten can cause a reaction in their bodies.
Someone who has this problem has celiac disease. Someone with celiac disease, eating gluten causes an immune system reaction. Your immune system ordinarily keeps you from getting sick, but someone with celiac disease, the body starts damaging and destroying the villi. Without villi, a person’s body can not absorb vitamins and nutrients from food. Without enough nutrients, a kid’s body has a tough time staying healthy and growing properly. Even if the person is eating a lot, he or she might still lose weight and might develop anemia from not absorbing enough iron.
WHY DO KIDS GET CELIAC DISEASE?
No one is sure why celiac disease happens, but it appears to run in families. You have a 5-10% chance of getting celiac disease if someone in your family has it. It is common in people from the northern European countries and the United States. Many people who have this disease do not know it.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS.
Some common symptoms of celiac disease are diarrhea, decreased appetite, stomachache, bloating, poor growth and weight loss. May kids are diagnosed with the problem between 6 months and 2 years of age. It makes sense because, at this time, kids are getting their first taste of gluten in foods. This is a chronic disease, which means that thesymptoms may go away and come back over and over again. A person with celiac disease may feel tired, and he or she could be irritable. Some individuals could have skin rashes and mouth sores this normally does not occur in kids.
HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW IF THEY HAVE CELIAC DISEASE?
Someone who has a lot of stomachaches, diarrhea, weight loss, or any of the other symptoms should call their child’s pedestrian. The next stop is usually a gastroenterologist, a doctor who specializes in digestive problems. Special testing maybe completed such as a biopsy of the small intestine.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Celiac disease is treated by not eating gluten. This can be difficult because gluten is in many foods. If your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease, it can be a challenge to learn which foods contain gluten. Foods that contain gluten are pizza, pasta, fried chicken, bread, cereals, cake mixes etc. . . . The best approach to this disease is to read the labels. There are many different gluten-free products including baking mixes, gluten-free oats, breads, pizza crust and fried chicken made with gluten-free batters.