Posted on 9/21/2015
Celiac disease, also known as celiac sprue, is an autoimmune disease that
affects the digestive system. You can hear more about it by watching this
video, which features a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sunrise Children’s
Hospital. When a child with celiac disease consumes gluten, a type of
protein, the villi of the small intestine sustain damage. Since the villi
absorb nutrients from foods, untreated celiac disease can lead to malnourishment.
If you suspect that your child has been displaying possible signs of celiac
disease in the Las Vegas area, you can turn to
Sunrise Children’s Hospital for help. Our children’s hospital provides advanced diagnostic and
therapeutic options for a comprehensive range of pediatric conditions.
At the children’s hospital, a specialist in pediatrics will ask you
about any symptoms you may have noticed in your child. Some children may
display the signs of celiac disease very early in life, while others can
eat gluten for years before developing symptoms. When infants are first
introduced to solid foods such as cereals that contain gluten, they may
have slow weight gain and diarrhea. Other possible
symptoms of celiac disease in children may include mouth sores, irritability, and skin rashes on the elbows,
knees, and buttocks. Older children may have delayed puberty, short stature,
diarrhea, or constipation.
The only way to manage celiac disease is to avoid the consumption of gluten.
Foods that contain gluten include the following:
- Graham flour
Many prepared food products may contain gluten or traces of gluten. Some
common culprits include bouillons, breading, caramel coloring, communion
wafers, French fries, processed meats, and marinades, just to name a few.
Since so many prepared food products may contain gluten or traces of gluten,
you may wish to consider preparing all or most of your child’s meals
without these products. When you do choose prepared food products, look
for those that are certified to be gluten-free.
If your child must follow a
gluten-free diet, you can find the resources you need at Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
Our specialists in pediatrics include clinical dietitians, who can help
you learn how to plan a healthy, safe diet for your child. Families in
the Las Vegas area can call (702) 233-5437 to speak with a registered
nurse at our children’s hospital.