Gluten intolerance in breastfed babies or toddler might be hard to diagnose since symptoms can imitate some health issues, and sometimes some toddlers do not feel definite symptom. Gluten intolerance or we can say celiac disease brings about damage and inflammation in the small bowel, makes poor nutrient absorption to the body and can be the symptom of malnutrition.
For you to know that gluten is a protein that can be found in grains like oats, wheat, rye and barley. When toddlers with gluten intolerance consume food with grains, the protein is going to inflame and then damage the villi which line small bowel and also absorb the nutrients.
Based on the Kids Health, both inflammation and the changes of the bowel lining can cause some varieties of physical symptom. In this post, we are going to share about the symptoms of gluten intolerance, how to diagnose and how to control the symptoms.
Knowing the Symptoms and Signs Intolerance in Toddlers
The symptoms in children might vary depends on each individual. Some of them may undergo diarrhea, stomachache, constipation and even vomit. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services states that the symptoms such as weight loss, lack of vitamin and mineral, mood changes and irritability, and associated health and also complication like anemia and osteoporosis might occur in children or toddler. The symptoms above may be difficult to diagnose in children for they will have more difficulties in identifying certain physical pains they feel.
Diagnosing the Symptom of Gluten Intolerance
Parents with all food sensitivities and allergies-children should monitor more about their kids’ diet extremely to determine whether they undergo intolerance or sensitivities to gluten containing-food. If you find that your children start to show a sign of gastrointestinal distress after consuming gluten, it is better to rule medical exam to see the possibility of gluten intolerance. You may need to observe whether the symptoms will disappear by avoiding gluten consumption in your children’s diet.
Controlling the Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance
The only way to control gluten intolerance is by doing gluten-free diet on your children. It is recommended by The Kid’s Health to plan meals without cereal, bread, pasta and baked goods. Remember to avoid any recipes that contain of barley, rye, oats and flour. Gluten-free products can be easily found in some supermarket and health food stores such as gluten-free pastas or breads.
Besides controlling their diet, you should always remind them to be careful regarding their gluten intolerance. It is better to bring them food from home so that they do not consume the food from outside when they are at school. As parent, you should specify the gluten-free guidelines to the school staff or childcare providers in school as your children may be young enough to understand about that kind of guidelines.
Signs of gluten intolerance in breastfed babies and children may be experienced by adult either. Since adult can tell what they feel and might know the difference of the symptom, you may need extra care and be aware to see if your children experience the sign of gluten intolerance.