Once a child with gluten sensitivity is put on a proper meal plan, she usually feels much better.Celiac disease damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents a child from absorbing nutrients that are essential to her health. But even if gluten sensitivity never develops into celiac disease, it can create a great deal of discomfort for a child. Fortunately, a gluten-free diet can relieve the discomfort a child feels.
Symptoms for gluten sensitivity vary widely, ranging from bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation to weight loss, fatigue, a loss of appetite, or dermatitis. Some children may exhibit very few obvious symptoms. Doctors will confirm a diagnosis with a blood test and an intestinal biopsy.
Coming Up with a Nutritional Plan
We treat every child who has gluten sensitivity as a unique case. Working together with his pediatrician, you and your child, our pediatric registered dietitian draws up a plan based on your child’s age, weight, nutritional needs and tastes.
Gluten sensitivity management requires a great deal of knowledge. There are a lot of hidden sources of gluten in foods, so we make sure to educate you on what to look for on food labels. And we can guide you towards alternative grains and foods that will replace the nourishment provided by wheat, barley, rye and oats.
We also will steer you towards online resources, recipes, and support groups that will help your child flourish.