I have been diagnosed with celiac disease for 20 years. I have a six month old who I have exclusively breast fed to avoid her having issues with formula. Should I avoid gluten, dairy and soy with her? Should I test her for celiac disease at a certain age?
There is no indication in celiac disease literature that avoiding gluten, dairy or soy is indicated for children who may carry the gene for celiac disease. If you are interested in learning if your daughter is genetically at-risk, you should speak to your pediatrician about obtaining the gene test. If your daughter has the HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 gene, she should be tested for celiac disease and your doctor can help determine the appropriate age to do so.
Natalie Menza, RD
Corporate Dietitian for ShopRite Supermarkets