Archives for: September 2004, 12
It took a couple days after he got back on gluten, but it does seem that it's affecting his digestion. He doesn't get terrible diarrhea, but definitely the pale foul type that I'm reading is common for celiacs. It comes and goes, but didn't seem directly related to gluten, until I realized how delayed his reaction is.
I've also realized he has another possible symptom of celiac disease, the enamel on his teeth is a bit defective. I don't know if that symptom shows up early enough to show in baby teeth, but it is useful for screening older children with adult teeth. His skin is also showing some mild symptoms lately. Coupled to his small size, milk sensitivity, slight anemia, and recent bouts of diarrhea...it's all starting to add up.
His chances of inheriting my celiac disease are somewhere between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20. Rats. This isn't a gene I wanted to pass on, and I often get similar pity/misunderstanding as if I had a visible health problem. Maybe as I teach him a positive attitude about it I might teach myself one!
At least he doesn't show symptoms of autism or autoimmune conditions, and getting a diagnosis now is better than later. I'll have to discuss how best to diagnose it with his doctor; I hate to get any blood drawn, but it would eliminate any cheat-inducing doubt.