Gluten Sensitivity in Children

Children Can Have Gluten Sensitivity Too

Children Can Have Gluten Sensitivity Too

My 11 year old daughter developed a weight problem about 4 years ago and from being a very bright active child has become slow and behind at school. Her weight gain is all over but largely around her abdominal area giving her an appearance of looking 9 months pregnant !

She has recently been diagnosed as anaemic. I was treated recently for H Pylori but the symptons still persisted which led me into reading about gluten sensitivity and has got me wondering.

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H Pylori Symtpoms Persisting..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

When you were treated for H pylori, did you get a retest afterwards? And did your daughter get tested for H pylori as well?

If you didn't get retested and she never got tested, then that would be priority. H pylori is contagious and you could be passing it back and forth to each other.

When one person in a household gets treated for the H Pylori Bacteria then I insist that the rest of the family get Testing for H Pylori because even if the treatment is successful on the person with symptoms, a person in the family may have it -even if they don't have symptoms- and can give it back to the person who was just successfully treated.

And for you, it would also be a good idea to get a Comprehensive Intestinal Pathogen Test. If you have one pathogen, then it leaves you open to getting others. If your immune system was unable to get rid of the H pylori, then what other pathogens (that are continually present in your food) was it unable to fight off.

And while she certainly COULD have Gluten Sensitivity, I'd look into H Pylori first- although you could ask her doctor to test her for Celiac Disease.

If it's negative, that won't mean anything because Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity often gives false negatives. But if it comes back positive, then you can be sure that she IS gluten sensitive.

But also, have you looked into an emotional cause for her weight gain? She's just hitting puberty and we all know that there is a lot of stress and pressure on kids at this time. And body image issues tend to really get amplified, so this is when eating disorders tend to get started as well.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
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