Keyword: reliability

At what age should children get tested for celiac disease?

Generally, children at risk for celiac disease are screened at age 3 unless symptoms are seen beforehand. In children younger than 3, with symptoms, antibody testing is usually reliable, especially if it includes DGP-IgG. Children must be eating wheat or barley-based cereals for some time, up to several months, before they can generate an autoimmune… Read more »

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Are blood tests reliable for infants?

Blood tests aren’t always accurate in children with symptoms younger than three years of age. Children often must have been eating wheat- or barley-based cereals for some time, up to one year, before they generate an autoimmune response to gluten that shows up in testing. A pediatric gastroenterologist should evaluate young children who are experiencing… Read more »

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