Monday, July 17, 2017

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Amelia

Amelia is 8 years old and was diagnosed with celiac disease 
at 2 years old.

What symptoms was your child having before being diagnosed?

Random vomiting, complaining of belly pain, distended stomach and weight loss.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

2 cousins

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

Amelia started gaining weight and feeling better almost immediately. Her height and weight is normal for an almost 9 year old. She's so understanding when taking her own treats to a party. She enjoys eating out but always wants to bring a "back up" food option just in case. We are very grateful that our school district has a "no food in the classroom" policy, which is based on food allergies and not letting kids feel "left out".

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

Research!!! There are so many options out there!! And when we go out to eat at a place with a GF menu, I order GF too so Amelia can try two menu items :)

Amelia, you look so healthy and happy!! You have a beautiful smile! I'm so proud of you for being so responsible with a back up gluten-free food option. I hope you're having a great  summer!

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