Your Child's Digestive Health... Celiac Disease in Children
By Jo Jordan and Jim Danna, M.A.
Celiac disease can seriously affect a child's health over the long-term. Without treatment, there are many potential complications for your child, including an increased risk of infertility in females, brittle bones, and cancer.1
In addition, the malabsorption of nutrients associated with celiac disease has been linked to delayed growth and short stature, delayed puberty, and dental enamel defects in permanent teeth.2
For this reason, it's important to detect and treat celiac disease, as well as to make dietary adjustments, such as avoiding gluten products.
More common in infants and young children than in adults, digestive symptoms may include:3
- Abdominal bloating and pain
- Chronic diarrhea
- Pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
- Weight loss
Specific Treatment for Childhood Celiac Disease
Although your child may benefit from the important additional suggestions below, a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease. Once gluten has been eliminated, your child will likely no longer experience diarrhea or stomach pain.
Finding Solutions: Protecting Your Child's Digestive Health
While there are many digestive ailments that can afflict kids from a very early age, there's good news; parents can do a lot to protect their child's digestive health for today…and for the rest of their lives.
Starting kids down the right track early in life with natural, kid-friendly supplements as well as dietary and lifestyle changes is the right thing to do. Under the advice of a health care professional supplementing a child's diet with multi-vitamins, digestive enzymes, and probiotics can help alleviate the symptoms of childhood digestive problems, and may even prevent serious digestive problems later in your child's life.
Additional Treatments for Childhood Digestive Disorders
Many childhood digestive problems affect vitamin and nutrient intake. A digestive health-specific multi-vitamin is vital to digestive health. Together, along with digestive enzymes and probiotics, the symptoms of many digestive ailments can be greatly alleviated. Modified dosages of these natural, digestive health products are recommended and considered safe for children by many physicians.
Puristat is here to help. The information contained in this Children's Health section of our website provides specific steps you can take to relieve your child's digestive issues. And as always, our digestive specialists are only a phone call or Live Chat away!
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1. University of Maryland,
"Pediatric Digestive Disorders 2/2: An Interview with Dr. Steven Czinn," http://www.umm.edu/media/video/mht_pediatric_digestive_disorders_czinn_1.htm (accessed August 8, 2011).
2. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), "Celiac Disease," http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/#symptoms (accessed August 8, 2011).