When to Test a Baby for Celiac Disease
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Apr 25 2008

When to Test a Baby for Celiac Disease

If Celiac runs in your family and you have children, at some point the question will come up. When should you test your baby for Celiac Disease? Because I have two young children myself (though neither would be considered a baby any longer) and Celiac runs in my family, this has naturally been a concern in our home.

In order to answer this question, your best bet is always to check with a qualified doctor. Sure Foods Living recently asked Dr. Aron, and here is the response:

There is a strong possibility that your baby has celiac genes, but, with a lack of exposure to gluten, it is unlikely that this is a cause unless you have been ingesting gluten during breast feeding. Switching to formula is a good idea: be sure that it is gluten-free. Testing the baby for celiac should include HLA DQ2 DQ8 genes, and be done very soon.

Now, it’s important to note that this baby is being raised in a gluten free home, but Dr. Aron brings up an important point about breast feeding and the mother (who does not have Celiac).

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!

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Comments

  1. Marie says:

    According to the book, “Celiac Disease: The Hidden Epidemic”, written by a doctor at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, breastfeeding has been shown to protect children from Celiac. Breastfed babies that eventually developed Celiac usually did so at a later age than formula fed babies, even if thier mothers were consuming gluten. Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits.

  2. Kyle Eslick says:

    Marie,

    That is interesting and something I wasn’t aware of. Thanks so much for the comment!

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