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Author: Guy Russell

Symptoms of a celiac child

It is difficult to establish a symptomatic picture of celiac disease , since the condition affects people in different ways. Some may develop gluten intolerance in childhood and others do not develop the disease until adulthood. Its clinical and functional manifestations are highly variable and, therefore, an apparently healthy person can suffer from this disease without knowing it. Of course, we can say that symptoms of a celiac child are established that can put parents on alert.

Signs and Signs of Celiac Disease

Symptoms also differ in terms of discomfort. At the beginning of the disease, some people may have constant diarrhea and abdominal pain, while others only have irritability, anxiety, lack of energy or depression . In certain cases, the disease is only detected when symptoms develop after intense emotional stress, after surgery, or after physical injury or infection.

In any case, celiac disease usually causes symptoms such as diarrhea, excessive flatulence, fatigue , weight loss and, during childhood, growth retardation may be noticed in children. However, each person can experience the symptoms in a different way, so, as in other aspects of the education and upbringing of children, it is better not to compare and to be well informed and resort to official and accredited sources.

Most common symptoms of children with celiac disease

The symptoms that children with gluten intolerance present are varied. However, they do not have to appear all at once and it is possible that the child is only affected by some of them, and there are many signs that can warn us that our child has celiac disease:

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation
  • Weight loss, despite having a good appetite
  • Gas and intestinal colic
  • Smelly and pale stools
  • Stunted growth
  • Fatigue, weakness, and lack of energy
  • Anemia
  • Repeated abdominal pain
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Muscle cramps
  • Pain in the bones and joints
  • Tingling and numbness in the legs
  • Painful skin rash
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility
  • Defects in tooth enamel

It is important to note that these symptoms can be caused by other types of diseases. To confirm a possible celiac disease it is necessary to perform more in-depth diagnostic tests. Therefore, it is always advisable to consult a doctor to make the diagnosis. Symptoms can also vary by age.

In children, for example, gluten intolerance can be detected when porridge is introduced into their diet. Children tend to be more irritable, and weight and height loss can be noticed. Typically, they have thin arms and legs and a fuller belly.