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Does celiac disease cause a large distended belly in a child?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

A child with celiac disease who eats gluten might have a large distended belly among other symptoms.
Strictly avoiding gluten would cure this symptom. However, there are other conditions that can cuase a large distended belly as well. It would be wise to have your child examined by a doctor. For more on celiac see http://www.Celiac.Com/articles/1106/1/celiac-disease-symptoms/page1.Html.

In brief: Possibly

A child with celiac disease who eats gluten might have a large distended belly among other symptoms.
Strictly avoiding gluten would cure this symptom. However, there are other conditions that can cuase a large distended belly as well. It would be wise to have your child examined by a doctor. For more on celiac see http://www.Celiac.Com/articles/1106/1/celiac-disease-symptoms/page1.Html.
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Joram Seggev
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible

Untreated celiac disease can definitely cause abdominal pain, distension and diarrhea, as well as failure to thrive.
These symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks of a strict gluten free diet (meaning full adherence, no exceptions). If they don't additional diagnoses should be sought.

In brief: Possible

Untreated celiac disease can definitely cause abdominal pain, distension and diarrhea, as well as failure to thrive.
These symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks of a strict gluten free diet (meaning full adherence, no exceptions). If they don't additional diagnoses should be sought.
Dr. Joram Seggev
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