If you have Celiac Disease, and you have kids, you may be wondering if you've passed the disease onto your child. After all, we all know that Celiac Disease is an inherited autoimmune disease (I inherited Celiac Disease from my grandmother).
Now that I have a child of my own, one of the first things I worried about is that I passed the Celiac gene to him. I told my son's pediatrician that Celiac does run in the family and that I have it. I expressed general concern that my son might have the gene. My son's pediatrician told me that they usually do those types of tests when a child turns 3 (my son turns 3 in May 2021).
Anyways, I did some research on genetic risks and found out that the general incidence of Celiac Disease is around 1%. If there is a family history of Celiac (and if a first degree relative has been officially diagnosed with it), the likelihood of your child developing it ranges from 4-16%.
If you have Celiac and you're a new parent, it's advised that you continue your regular appointments and screenings.
It is also advised that you do not remove gluten from your child's diet before testing. As you all know, removing gluten from your diet before being tested will give you an inaccurate result. With CD, you don't want your kids to have an inaccurate test result.
What tests will they do on your child?
What about genetic testing?
Mamas, whatever the case may be, hang in there. Be strong for your child. You got this.
Repost from Celiac Warrior Gal (one of my sites)
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