Researchers focus on celiac disease management and season of birth
Research related to children and celiac disease has been in the news, with one study looking at how the condition should be managed in young patients and another at how season and place of birth might affect development of the disease.
In the recommendations for management of celiac disease, published in the journal, Pediatrics, a panel of pediatric gastroenterologists reviewed existing research and created a practical framework for the treatment of children.
Included is the recommendation that the height and weight of children with diagnosed with celiac disease be closely monitored to be sure it’s appropriate for their age. And children should be checked for nutritional deficiencies such as iron, as well monitored for as bone and heart health and liver damage, which can all occur if the gluten-free diet is not well managed. You can read more here and here.
The Swedish study of how seasons and region of birth influence the development of celiac disease in children found that the risk was higher for children born in the spring, summer and fall, compared to those born in the winter. Additionally, children born in the southern part of the country had the highest risk of getting celiac disease.
The study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, was based on a review of data in a national register related to 6,596 children born in Sweden between 1991 and 2009 who were diagnosed with celiac disease. Viral infections were the strongest possible risk factor that might account for the seasonal and geographic results, the study says. But researchers note that the role of vitamin D during pregnancy might also be related. You can read more here and here.