If you’re wondering why the gluten-free label is so prominent these days, it’s because we now understand more about the once-elusive celiac disease and are better able to diagnose and treat the painful digestive disorder. The University of Chicago School of Medicine reports that celiac disease plagues roughly 3 million Americans. There are many symptoms, particularly for kids and teens. Here are 5 signs your child may be celiac.
1. Growth Problems
One of the first warning signs that your child may be celiac is growth problems. Most children follow a similar growth trajectory over their infant and toddler, which is more easily measured and can reveal any abnormal growth patterns. Growth problems are considered when a child is not meeting certain physical and cognitive milestones. There are many causes of growth problems but your child’s doctor will be able to diagnose and treat them if they are indeed celiac.