How is celiac disease treated in children?

Pediatrician Dan Thomas, MD Gastroenterology & Nutrition, shares advice for parents on how to best help treat celiac disease in your child
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How is celiac disease treated in children?

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Celiac disease is best treated in children and adults by a reliable, tried and true method. You have to restrict all the gluten, which is in wheat products, cookies, cakes, breads, anything with wheat or the gluten protein in it needs to be eliminated from the diet. This will alleviate the symptoms and medical problems with Celiac disease. There are recent studies that also look not just at this but beyond this and are undergoing clinical trials. But these are not ready yet for the general public to be utilizing or employing for the treatment of Celia disease. But unfortunately, it is lifelong restriction of wheat or the protein in the wheat from the child´s diet. This can be a problem with product labeling to check the labels on what you are buying and what is served at school or a child goes out to a restaurant to know what your products are and what is in the various things that you are eating. And that unfortunately is a task for the child and the parents to keep track of.

Pediatrician Dan Thomas, MD Gastroenterology & Nutrition, shares advice for parents on how to best help treat celiac disease in your child

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Dan Thomas, MD

Pediatrician, Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Dan Thomas is the Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and Medical Director of Liver and Small Bowel Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Thomas presently serves on the Editorial Review Board of Pediatrics in Review and is on the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His primary clinical and academic interests include the care and study of children with congenital or acquired intestinal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary disorders.

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