Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Henry

Henry is almost 9 years old and was diagnosed with celiac disease when he was 3 years old.

What symptoms was your child having before being diagnosed?

Henry ate almost no food before age 3, he was up multiple times a night with stomach pain, looked emancipated and was exhausted.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

We suspect his great grandmother had celiac but was never diagnosed.

How has your child’s life changed since being diagnosed?

Henry has grown and is wearing age-appropriate sizes. He is sleeping through the night and is putting on weight. He can focus better at school and has fewer stomachaches. He no longer has chronic gut issues and diarrhea.

What advice would you offer a parent who’s child was just diagnosed with celiac disease?

Don't try to replace your favorites with GF substitutes. Find meals that you love that are naturally gluten free and stick with those until you are ready to branch out. Henry LOVES tacos!

Henry, it looks like you are having a great summer! I hope you're feeling great - you look like you feel healthy and happy. Keep it up kiddo!

And guess what...Jack loves tacos too. :)

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