Last week, we reviewed a recent hot topic in the world of family and pediatric medicine — Celiac Disease in Pediatric Patients. This week, we will be discussing Gluten Sensitivity in terms of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Gluten Sensitivity—a condition that is poorly defined, and difficult to initially diagnose—is a condition in which a person has had a personal experience in which they believe avoiding gluten has physically benefited them. There are no tests currently available to confirm Gluten Sensitivity. In order to be diagnosed with Gluten Sensitivity, one first must be first confirmed clear of Celiac Disease and Wheat Allergies.
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity can include:
- low energy
- abdominal pain
- difficulty focusing
If these symptoms become present upon the consumption of gluten, it is imperative to alter the affected patient’s diet to prevent the occurrence of said symptoms. It is also important to note that that at-home diagnoses can be dangerous when the presence/lack of Celiac Disease has not been determined. Please contact us today if you believe your child suffers from the symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity, Celiac Disease, or Wheat Allergies.