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Does Wheat eat our kids from inside? : Check it out
 Whether you're wondering why your kid is not putting on weight or have one of the following symptoms like chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, poop that's oily or smells especially bad, gassiness, irritability, vomiting, weight loss or trouble gaining weight, and delayed growth. Then you need to find out is there any other side of this. If your child has celiac disease, his immune system reacts to gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley – by attacking the lining of his small intestine. As a result, his body is unable to absorb nutrients from the food that passes through the damaged small intestine, and he may become malnourished. Many children have celiac disease, a disorder that causes damage to the intestines when food containing gluten is eaten. Such kids do much better on a gluten-free diet. Foods containing wheat, oats, and barley give them trouble.
Have you ever eaten gluten? No, not glue — "gluten"! If you've ever eaten a piece of bread, a slice of pizza, or a bowl of cereal, chances are you have. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley — grains that are in many everyday foods. Most of us eat food with gluten with no trouble. But for some people, eating gluten can cause a reaction in their bodies. Someone who has this problem has celiac disease. Once thought to be a rare disease and believed to occur only in Western Europe, Celiac is now a global disease. After Europe, America (both North and South), and the Middle East, it is now emerging in the East, including many Asian countries. Also, once thought to be a disease of children and therefore to be managed mainly by pediatricians; Celiac is now known to affect all the age groups including the elderly.

Digestive symptoms are more common in infants and children. Here are the most common symptoms found in children

Abdominal bloating and pain

         Chronic diarrhea

         Vomiting

         Constipation

         Pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool

         Weight loss

         Fatigue

         Irritability and behavioral issues

         Dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth

         Delayed growth and puberty

         Short stature

         Failure to thrive

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD

Early Detection through Blood test always helps:Early Detection through Blood test always helps:

These tests measure the level of antibodies in the blood as a response to ingestion of gluten. It is important to keep in mind that they are only screening tests for celiac disease and not diagnostic by themselves. Please DO NOT stop eating gluten based on the result of these blood tests alone. TTG-IgA and total serum IgA are the most commonly recommended tests.TTG-IgA antibody (generally referred to as TTG) is an Immunoglobulin A based antibody test called tissue Transglutaminase antibody. This is an excellent screening test for celiac disease and is the most commonly used test worldwide currently. However, one needs to keep the following in mind while interpreting the TTG value:

1. This test is not accurate (false negative) in persons with IgA deficiency and in children less than 2 years of age.

2. This is a very sensitive test, hence, false positive results are known to occur. i.e., TTG antibody is present but could be due to some other disease. This is especially true in our country which has a high burden of intestinal infections

Biopsy is hence, always needed for an accurate diagnosis.

If detected please don’t get panic there is no medication given for the same just we need to avoid gluten intake and everything falls in place afterwards. Though maintaining gluten free diet for kids is very difficult for parents as these days wheat, maida is there in everything. But if detected please be sure not to get panic as we live in land of Gluten free grains “India.

India has many gluten free grains which are grown locally which are hence available in abundance and at reasonable prices – jowar, bajra, makki, ragi, kuttu, cholai etc. Daals, rice and vegetables form part of our everyday food. Hence, gluten free offers many flavors in India.In fact, world over, Indian cuisine is perceived as one of the most popular cuisines by the gluten intolerant community!

Refrences: http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/symptomssigns/ and http://celiacindia.org.in/

 

 

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