Celiac Disease in Children

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More about Celiac Disease in Children: Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is the general name of the proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley and other grains derived from them.

In kids with celiac disease, gluten damages villi, the finger-like projections in the small intestine responsible for absorbing nutrients from food. When the villi are damaged, the body can’t absorb nutrients the body needs to grow. If that happens, a child can become malnourished.

Celiac disease — also known as celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and non-tropical sprue — can lead to a wide variety of symptoms in different people. Infants may not gain weight and height as expected (a condition called failure to thrive). Older kids can have diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, fatigue, or painful skin rashes. Some people who have celiac disease have no symptoms at all.

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