4 yr old just dignosed with Celiac's--Can our 11 month old be GF also? - Mothering Forums

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 Obviously, if DD is going GF, then it would be easier for the whole family to be GF, plus that would reduce the risk of cross-contamination.  But I am wondering what are (if any) the implications for our 11 month old to be GF without any medical reason to be.  We have no reason to believe he is also Celiac right now.    Can anyone point me to research or info?

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If your older child is celiac's there's a good chance your younger one is as well. (Genetics run in the family.) I would absolutely have your younger child eat gluten free. However, once you do that you will not be able to test that child for celiac's without putting him on gluten for awhile. I have read that, for people with celiac's, reintroducing them to gluten can bring out a symptoms they did not have before being taken off the gluten so you might want to consider testing now.

 

I would talk to a pediatric gastroenterologist about this. Make sure they are VERY experienced with celiac's/gluten sensitivities. We took our daughter to a specialist at 2.5 years. The dr told us our daughter probably had "toddler diarrhea" and she would outgrow it by 5. I did lots of research and discovered it was food sensitivities. Finally, just before her 3rd birthday I'd figured out all her food sensitivities and she had her first solid poops in her life. The specialist never even suggested it could be food problems. So, just because they are a specialist doesn't mean they know what they are talking about.

 

Also, I do not buy any of the gluten free processed foods sold in stores (with the exception of non-gmo corn pasta.) Most gf foods are so low in fiber they are practically devoid of nutrition. I make all our food from scratch. It's a lot of work, but it's healthier.


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Gluten is not something anyone needs to be eating. If your younger one is getting a balanced diet, or is still breastfed, you don't need to worry about it. My family focuses on protein, fruit & veg for our menu and adds in grains or starches sparingly. It works well for us.

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