Are you on a gluten-free diet? Regular breads, bagels, muffins, and many other store-bought baked goods are not allowed on gluten-free eating plans.
Here's what you need to know before you buy gluten-free grain products or bake them at home.
A change in symptoms occurs, such as increased tiredness or
increased stomach pain.
Your child has symptoms such as diarrhea or
unexplained weight loss, and you know your child has not eaten
You can't tell whether your child has eaten foods that
have gluten, and his or her symptoms continue.
If celiac disease is suspected
If you think that
you or your child may have celiac disease, watchful waiting is appropriate if
mild symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting last only for a few days. Talk with a
doctor if your child continues to have diarrhea and does not seem to be gaining
weight as expected even though he or she has a good appetite.
If you or your child has celiac disease
symptoms of celiac disease return after your child or you were symptom-free
while following a
gluten-free diet, it usually means that foods
containing gluten were eaten. Try documenting your or your child's recent diet.
Check food labels, looking closely for ingredients that may be sources of
hidden gluten. Your local library or bookstore should
have resources that can help you identify potential sources of hidden gluten.
Also, a nearby hospital can usually direct you to local and national
organizations that can help you follow a gluten-free diet. For more
information, see the Other Places to Get Help section of this topic.
If your child has celiac disease and symptoms return, be sure to ask
detailed questions about what he or she has recently eaten away from home. As
children get older and more independent, they may be tempted to stray from a
strict gluten-free diet. You can
help your teenager follow a gluten-free diet by
recognizing his or her need for independence. For example, you can let your
teenager plan meals and choose gluten-free foods.
Call your doctor if you are confident that your or
your child's diet is gluten-free but symptoms have returned or continue.
Who To See
Health professionals who may evaluate symptoms of
celiac disease in adults or children include:
A doctor who specializes in problems with the digestive
system (gastroenterologist) should be consulted to confirm the
diagnosis with a small intestine
biopsy. In addition, a
dietitian can help you plan and stay with a