So Many Celiac Cases, So Few Diagnoses

Can your child have celiac disease? Read on to learn more.

People with celiac disease may have any of hundreds of symptoms, from gas to insomnia to rickets. Children with celiac often have a developmental delay or physical condition, such as being short in height, but they may also have no symptoms at all.

“Not everyone who is susceptible to celiac disease ultimately gets it,” said Dr. Lavine.

Most children don’t know how they should feel nor have the words to communicate symptoms, Joel Lavine, MD, chief of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition, told The Wall Street Journal. For this reason, children are often diagnosed with celiac disease only after a parent or grandparent tests positive for it.

“Not everyone who is susceptible to celiac disease ultimately gets it,” said Dr. Lavine. “Screening over time—and for several factors—is key.”

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