Teens with celiac disease may not show symptoms until they’re in a stressful time, such as when they leave home or have an injury, illness, or pregnancy. They tend to show many of the same symptoms as younger children, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, and fatigue.
Teens can also have other symptoms, such as:
- Late puberty
- Growth problems
- Itchy skin (dermatitis herpetiformis)
- Mouth sores
When to Call Your Doctor
See your doctor if you think you or your child could have celiac disease. For people that have it, a gluten-free diet can help prevent issues like malnutrition, osteoporosis, infertility, and neurological problems.
Celiac disease tends to run in families, so if you have a close relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) who has it, you may want to get checked.