What to do if you suspect your child has celiac disease

Once a diagnosis is made, make sure to test any other children. This family, highlighted in a story by Gluten-Free Living, tested both children and found one was asymptomatically fighting celiac disease and after going gluten-free has thrived. Sibling results may come back negative but there’s an increase risk so it’s worth the test.

Now comes the hard part — learning how to feed your child a new, restricted diet. There are plenty of resources to help you in a gluten-free transition, including this weekly Gluten-Free in the CLE series.

Become well-versed in what has gluten and what doesn’t. There’s the usual suspects, such as pizza, pasta and bread, but there’s many items gluten hides in that you’d never think.

Learn how to read ingredients panels and what to look out for at restaurants. Check menus before leaving the house to make the restaurant is accommodating.

And most importantly, make it fun. Treat the diagnosis as something serious that has to be followed but try new snacks, make gluten-free foods together or check out new restaurants. Set the stage that this isn’t something to be discouraged by — just a shift.

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