Celiac disease is the inability to digest the food containing gluten which is a protein found in rice, wheat, barley etc. In most of the kids the symptoms becomes apparent from three to five months of age when the solid foods are introduced in their diet.
Up to the introduction of gluten the baby thrives well but afterward they refuse to foods and do not gain weight or may even lose weight. The stools of such kids will be pale and will float in water because of the high fat and air content in it. Some kids vomit if fed with foods containing gluten and the kids may become cranky and irritable.
The food after consumption reaches stomach and there after reach small intestine. Small intestine is lined with small finger like projections called villi which absorbs most of the nutrients from the food. In kids with celiac disease, the consumption of gluten containing food causes immune system reactions which in turn destroy the villi because of which the body can’t absorb nutrients.
Without nutrients a kid can’t grow and remain healthy and as the digestion is not proper the kid may develop stomachache, decreased appetite, bloating, diarrhea, weight loss etc. Sometimes kids may also develop rashes on the skin and mouth. In certain kids the symptoms appears sporadically and is mostly hereditary in nature.
Celiac Disease Diet
The best treatment for celiac disease is gluten free diet. A dietician can helps you to identify the safe and risky foods and also help you prepare gluten free alternatives for your kid’s favorite food. Gluten free diet helps to heal the small intestine but even after healing of the intestine, kid should not take foods that contain gluten.
There are many products available in the market as gluten free but chose the right product after thoroughly going through their label. It is ideal to maintain the diet of the entire family as gluten free so that when the child grows up it does not get a feeling of being different from the family. Parents can use fresh fruits, vegetables; corn, potato, tapioca, buckwheat, millet, quinoa etc to make different types of foods for your kid.