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    Nafsika, the diagnosis of coeliac disease can be quite complicated. If you are concerned, your GP can organise for your child to have some initial blood tests. These look at both specific and non-specific immunological activity. Coeliac disease is an auto-immune disease...the body "attacking itself" in an abnormal way, in the presence of gluten (typically found in wheat).

    The diagnosis of coeliac disease requires an endoscopy; so, tiny samples of the small intestine taken and examined under a microscope. The scientist looks for certain classic characteristics of the tissue specimen, to assist with a true diagnosis of coeliac disease.

    It's important NOT to start a gluten-free diet before confirming the diagnosis, as this can interfere with making a correct diagnosis. It can make it look like a patient doesn't have/has less severe coeliac disease than they actually do.

    So, a GP can initiate blood tests, and then organise a referral to a Gastro-Enterologist. This can be done through the public system.

    Coeliac disease is a serious disease, and it's important not to get caught up in the "gluten-free w@nker movement". Which I'm sure you're not.

    Hope this helps.


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    Thank you for your responses. My girl does not have any of the symptoms listed. The only reason why I thought this was because of her short structure. Which is what triggered my friends niece to be tested.

    I'll leave it, she's not a toast eater, hardly eats bread, pasta she will have with no effects.
    Not sure what else to say.

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    Default Celiac disease? Symptoms? Diagnoses?

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    Pardon? I'm not doing anything like that.

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    Default Celiac disease? Symptoms? Diagnoses?

    No... I meant when PP said not to get caught up in the gluten free movement... I didn't read anything in you posts to suggest you were implying this....
    Sorry I will delete it as I clearly did not explain myself properly

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    That's ok, I just didn't understand what you were saying. All good

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    Default Celiac disease? Symptoms? Diagnoses?

    Thanks. We will observe DS diet more carefully. He was in a lot of pain for the first 6 months. We had an useless pead who dismissed our concern after 2 visits. We sucked it up the first 3 months thinking the colic would go away as the gut mature. No improvement and only starting to seek second opinion with a gastroenterologist. After believing in the specialist, did poo tests, switched formula, nothing was helping. When we went back for the follow up, dr was so sure that his gut wasn't bleeding. DS digestive system was so messed up he had diarrhea two weeks straight. We went for third opinion along with other issues. Other few formulas were suggested but no luck. We gave lactose free a try by chance and only then realised lactose is the problem. He was a completely different baby since. I feel like the system has failed us. And this little poor bubba has suffered so long. The lesson is that don't take no for an answer. I wish we didn't just stop there when the first paed dismissed us as well as the hospital. Yes, we brought him to the hospital at 4weeks old when we couldn't bear to see him in pain after every feed.

    That says. Does anyone know if poo test can rule out bleeding in the gut?
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    If your baby's poo is sent for "faecal microscopy and culture" (usually written faecal MC&S), then the Scientists look at it under a microscope, and look for any red blood cells, white blood cells, and any bacteria/parasites.

    So if you are referring to that, then yes, a "poo test" will exclude bleeding from the large bowel.

    To exclude bleeding from higher up in the gut (to include the stomach and small intestine), the test needs to include a "faecal occult blood test", which looks for tiny traces of blood in the poo. This is a very specific test using antibodies.

    Hope this makes sense

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    thanks. i'll see what poo test the gastroenterologist ordered last time to make that conclusion. I hope he did the ones you mentioned.


 

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