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If I have celiac disease, does that mean my baby will, too?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Celiac disease does run in some families, but that does not mean every member of the family will get the disease.
If a parent has celiac disease, the baby's doctor can follow the baby's growth at the regular check-ups, and may do occasional blood tests to look for celiac disease.

In brief: No

Celiac disease does run in some families, but that does not mean every member of the family will get the disease.
If a parent has celiac disease, the baby's doctor can follow the baby's growth at the regular check-ups, and may do occasional blood tests to look for celiac disease.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Although celiac disease is an inherited condition there are other factors involved.

In brief: No

Although celiac disease is an inherited condition there are other factors involved.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

The odds are actually against it.
The genetic risk is as follows. First degree relatives of someone with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 4.5% chance of developing celiac disease in their lifetimes. Second degree relatives (aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent) have a 2.5% chance.

In brief: No

The odds are actually against it.
The genetic risk is as follows. First degree relatives of someone with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 4.5% chance of developing celiac disease in their lifetimes. Second degree relatives (aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent) have a 2.5% chance.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Celiac disease does run in families but that doesn't necessarily mean that your baby will also have the disease.
You should let your pediatrician know if your child has symptoms after introducing gluten into his diet. Around 3 years old, most pediatric gastroenterologists do blood tests for celiac disease on kids with parents or siblings that have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity.

In brief: No

Celiac disease does run in families but that doesn't necessarily mean that your baby will also have the disease.
You should let your pediatrician know if your child has symptoms after introducing gluten into his diet. Around 3 years old, most pediatric gastroenterologists do blood tests for celiac disease on kids with parents or siblings that have been diagnosed with gluten sensitivity.
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics

In brief: No

No but can be. There are some genetic factors that can pass down to that child but it doesnt automatically mean they will get it.

In brief: No

No but can be. There are some genetic factors that can pass down to that child but it doesnt automatically mean they will get it.
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

In brief: No

No, but there is some increased risk.
Make sure your pediatrician knows about this and any other illnesses affecting the baby's blood relatives.

In brief: No

No, but there is some increased risk.
Make sure your pediatrician knows about this and any other illnesses affecting the baby's blood relatives.
Dr. Cory Annis
Dr. Cory Annis
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Celiac disease risk can be inherited in families, but it's no guarantee that your baby will have it if you do.
As it is, most celiac disease doesn't happen right away - it slowly develops over a number of years. If your baby doesn't gain weight appropriately, it might be prudent to look for it, but i wouldn't worry unless things didn't go smoothly.

In brief: No

Celiac disease risk can be inherited in families, but it's no guarantee that your baby will have it if you do.
As it is, most celiac disease doesn't happen right away - it slowly develops over a number of years. If your baby doesn't gain weight appropriately, it might be prudent to look for it, but i wouldn't worry unless things didn't go smoothly.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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In brief: No

While there is a strong hereditary component, the chance is about 10% that any child of a parent with celiac disease will also have symptoms.

In brief: No

While there is a strong hereditary component, the chance is about 10% that any child of a parent with celiac disease will also have symptoms.
Dr. Francisco Rivera
Dr. Francisco Rivera
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Celiac disease often is a genetic condtion, so it is possible that a child can " inherit the condition.
There is increasing amounts of available genetic testing, but with the dna, achild may or may not develop the problem and it can appear at any age. So , yes it is possible, but we still have too many unanswered questions to accurately predict outcomes.

In brief: No

Celiac disease often is a genetic condtion, so it is possible that a child can " inherit the condition.
There is increasing amounts of available genetic testing, but with the dna, achild may or may not develop the problem and it can appear at any age. So , yes it is possible, but we still have too many unanswered questions to accurately predict outcomes.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Although celiac disease can run in families, there is no guarantee that any of your children will have the same problem, thank goodness.

In brief: No

Although celiac disease can run in families, there is no guarantee that any of your children will have the same problem, thank goodness.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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