As Celiac Disease becomes more widely diagnosed, we are seeing a large number of infants and children that are being diagnosed with the disease.
If you are concerned your child may have Celiac disease, here are a few of the common symptoms to look for. Please keep in mind that with Celiac Disease, typically each person has many different symptoms, and they often vary based off the age of the child or adult. This list aims to cover the most commonly complained about symptoms in infants and children that lead to a Celiac Disease diagnosis.
Symptoms of Infants and Children Diagnosed with Celiac Disease
- Infants with celiac disease commonly have abdominal pain and diarrhea (even bloody diarrhea), and may fail to grow and/or gain weight.
- Young children may have abdominal pain with nausea and lack of appetite, anemia (not enough iron in the blood), mouth sores and allergic dermatitis (skin rash).
- Children with Celiac Disease are often irritable, fretful, emotionally withdrawn or excessively dependent.
- In the later stages of childhood, children often become malnourished, with or without vomiting and diarrhea. This would cause the child to have a large tummy, thin thigh muscles and flat buttocks.
- Teenagers with Celiac Disease may hit puberty late and are often short. Celiac disease might also cause some hair loss (a condition called alopecia areata).
Other Celiac Notes:
- Lactose intolerance (problem with foods with lactose such as milk) is common in patients of all ages with Celiac Disease.
- Dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy, blistery skin problem) is also common problem in people who have Celiac Disease.