- 13 July 2016
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Celiac Disease in Children Can Damage Their Growth
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in a reaction to eating gluten. Glutens are commonly found in wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac disease affects the small intestine’s lining and prevents absorption of some important nutrients.
The ill effects of Celiac disease include inflammation in the stomach leading to stomach ache, weight loss, diarrhoea. Celiac disease can have more potent effect in children. As Celiac disease leads to malabsorption of nutrients, the body is deprived of certain vital nutrients and this could lead to retardation in growth and development of the body.
Lack of nutrients makes the body tired very easily. In some cases, it leads to huge weight loss, stunted height, and weak eye-sight. As their immune system grows weak due to lack of vital nutrients they are also more prone to catch infections.
The only cure available for Celiac disease is for affected individuals to avoid gluten in their diet.
It is important to consult a doctor so as to confirm the presence of this disorder and thereby avoiding gluten rich food.
A doctor can prepare a nutritional plan which is free from gluten and contains all the supplements of essential nutrients that body may be deprived of and also help to understand which foods are safe and which are not.