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Pediatric Celiac Disease

Key Points About Celiac Disease in Children

  • Celiac disease is a digestive problem that hurts your small intestine. It stops your body from taking in nutrients from food.
  • Celiac disease is genetic. If a family member has celiac disease, your child has a higher likelihood of developing it.
  • Celiac disease can affect all races and genders.
  • Celiac disease can sometimes be hard to diagnose because symptoms aren’t always related to digestive problems.
  • The only treatment for celiac disease is to stop eating gluten. The body heals itself after gluten is removed from the diet.


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Meet the Providers Who Treat Celiac Disease

Maia's Story

It has been more than 10 years since Maia first started to exhibit symptoms that would ultimately lead to her celiac disease diagnosis. Read her story.

Departments that Treat Celiac Disease

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Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children's National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

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Celiac Disease Program

Children's National is helping to improve the way pediatric celiac disease is diagnosed and treated.

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Our gastroenterology experts provide expert diagnosis and treatments for children with digestive, liver and nutrition disorders.

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