Vaccinations cleared in babies’ celiac “epidemic”

Such symptoms may include growth problems, chronic diarrhea and/or bouts of chronic constipation, abdominal bloating and pain, fatigue and irritability. Failure to Thrive Failure to thrive refers to situations in which an infant’s weight and height fall substantially below healthy, normal levels. According to UCCDC, celiac disease affects people differently and may involve any combination of more than 200 known symptoms. Of these symptoms, failure to thrive is a fairly common symptom of the disease in children and one that demands medical attention. Failure to thrive can lead to serious complications, such as permanent behavioral, emotional or physical damage. If your infant exhibits failure to thrive, discuss proper testing for celiac disease with your doctor. Keep in mind that if the condition runs in your family, your child is at heightened risk. You Might Also Like Gluten Intolerance and Diarrhea Since celiac disease causes problems in nutrient aborption and healthy digestive processes, prior to being treated, a child may exhibit severe digestive problems such as chronic diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea is a common symptom of celiac disease in children and may occur between bouts of chronic constipation. Diarrhea often leads to dehydration, which can pose further negative health problems. According to the UCCDC, children need to be consuming goods containing gluten, such as wheat or barley-based cereals, for up to 1 year in order for celiac disease to be detected. If you are concerned that your child’s diarrhea may indicate celiac disease, discuss the symptoms with your doctor prior to eliminating gluten from her diet for best potential results. Delayed Puberty Since nutrients aren’t absorbed properly in children with celiac disease prior to diagnosis and treatment, growth may be stunted throughout childhood and into the teen years. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, poor nutrient absorption during infancy or childhood may result in delayed puberty.

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Understanding what caused Sweden’s spike in early celiac disease – and the drop-off a decade later – could help with celiac prevention in general, Myleus told Reuters Health in an email. The “important message” from this study, she said, is that childhood vaccinations do not appear to be risk factors for celiac disease. Sweden’s sudden surge in early-life celiac was unusual. There has been no similar pattern among U.S. babies and toddlers, Murray said. It’s thought that infant feeding may go far in explaining Sweden’s epidemic, according to Murray. For a time, it became popular for parents to use “follow-on” formulas that contained milk and a large amount of wheat, to wean babies from regular infant formula. Murray noted that England and Ireland had spikes in early-life celiac disease back in the late-1960s to 1970s. That seemed to be related to parents’ habit of giving babies cereal very early, he said; after health campaigns telling parents to hold off on cereal until the age of five to six months, early celiac cases declined. These days, experts generally recommend exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months, when rice cereal and other solid foods can be introduced. The current findings are based on information from Sweden’s national register on childhood celiac cases. Myleus and her colleagues looked at whether changes in the country’s childhood vaccination program corresponded to the beginning or end of the 1984-1996 epidemic. The researchers also compared 392 babies with celiac disease against 623 celiac-free babies the same age, living in the same area of Sweden.

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