The following question is about whether a specific symptom indicates celiac disease. Because the symptoms come and go under specific conditions, this question is very instructive.
How soon is the onset of diarrhea if your allergic to gluten and eat it?? I have a daughter’n’law who thinks all of her children have the celiac disease. I’m not convinced. As when they spend the nite or days here and I give them gluten I don’t see any diarrhea but when they go home the next day I get a call that one or all had diarrhea all nite. It happened again although this time I know I didn’t feed them gluten Can you help me??
Doug’s Allergy Answer…
Note: This is my opinion and is not to be taken as qualified medical advice.
You ask an excellent question, Linda.
Here are just a few other things that can cause diarrhea:
- Allergies to various foods
- Water-borne bacteria
- Lactose intolerance (inability to digest milk)
- A big change in diet (even from one healthy diet to another)
See the list of links at the bottom of this article to find out more about celiac disease. If you suspect your grandchildren may celiac, then they must be tested by a doctor to find out for sure. There really is no other way that I know of, and I am not quick to suggest the mainstream medical solution for everything, far from it.
Now you can eliminate all gluten to see if that clears up symptoms, but this is easier said than done. Wheat is in so many things, you might think you are cutting out all gluten by avoiding bread and pasta, only to discover that you were getting it in your soup and potato chips!
Because celiac is a serious disease, you really do need to look in to it if the symptoms (i.e. more than just diarrhea) suggest this might be the problem.
I hope this helps!
Comments welcome if anyone has further advice or for elaboration.
- Celiac Disease Symptoms
- Self-Testing for Food Allergies
- Gluten Allergy
- Wheat Allergy
- Wheat Allergy – Can Eat
- Gluten Allergy Symptoms
- Wheat Substitutes
- What’s Wrong With My Body Allergy Question
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