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Symptoms of celiac disease in a child

Symptoms of celiac disease in a child

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Your child has no appetite? Grimaces while eating? Is slim, lower than your peers? Maybe he has frequent mood swings, is sad, depressed, and diarrhea harassing them? Symptoms of celiac disease in a child can be just that.

Celiac disease is a disease that is extremely cunning. It often gives non-specific symptoms and is detected by accident, for example during a visit to the dentist, when it turns out that the baby's enamel has been damaged, or when taking blood, when it is difficult to find the cause of anemia.

Diagnosed celiac disease allows you to start treatment and stop changes in the body. A consistently applied diet allows the damaged intestinal villi to return to form and excludes all negative effects associated with the disease. Celiac disease often occurs asymptomatic or scanty. That is why it is so difficult to diagnose. Statistics clearly show that only 10% of all celiac disease cases are diagnosed. The rest of people with celiac disease are ineffectively treated or circulate from specialist to specialist, seeking help and answering the question of what I really am.

Symptoms of celiac disease in a child

The following symptoms should be considered:

  • diarrhea or more frequent looser stools,
  • stomach ache (especially in the middle of the stomach),
  • stinky stools that require room ventilation,
  • stinky gases
  • "Glowing" gray stool,
  • stool with undigested debris, with mucus,
  • refusal to eat bread and gluten products (often children reject products that harm them),
  • frequent mood swings - unjustified sadness, irritability,
  • trouble concentrating
  • the so-called African belly, bloated belly and slim hands and legs,
  • transparent, pale skin,
  • toothache
  • joint and bone pain
  • short stature (especially stopping on the centile grid),
  • low weight (retention on centile grid).

The above symptoms may occur singly or may appear all to varying degrees.

If you suspect celiac disease in your child, share your thoughts with your doctor. The pediatrician should give a referral to the gastroenterologist. If you do not want to wait for an appointment with a specialist, you can do a blood test for celiac disease on your own. The cost is about PLN 130.