When we speak of gluten, we refer to a set of proteins that are anything but central to the lives of human beings. This is found in cereals and especially in wheat which is used to prepare much of the food we eat every day: pasta, breads and pastries.
The problem with gluten is that 15% of the population is intolerant to it, so its consumption generates quite dramatic effects in terms of health and behavior. If you suspect your child is intolerant to gluten, read on to see if you recognize the signs that we will teach you then.
8 signs that your child needs a diet without gluten
Doctors have graded gluten intolerance in three forms: the autoimmune form (celiac disease and ataxia), allergy to wheat and gluten sensitivity without celiac disease.
If your child has some form of gluten intolerance, note that you can substitute wheat for other grains such as oats or corn. However, many times these cereals are processed on the same machines that wheat whose gluten remains and contaminates the rest. For this reason, you should always look on the packaging label indicating that the food is free of gluten.
Below we will explain what the signs of intolerance to gluten are so you can check if your child has it or not.
1. Digestive problems
Gluten intolerance causes various problems to the digestive system as gas, diarrhea, bloating or constipation. This, in turn, creates severe stomach pains.
If your child suffers from gluten intolerance after eating foods with gluten he can feel fatigue, weakness, brain fog and difficulty in concentrating.
3. Neurological symptoms
The intake of gluten can cause the child to feel dizziness and other more serious neurological symptoms.
Wheat is one of the main triggers of headaches and migraines. In this sense, if your child suffers from migraines, it is likely to be related to the ingestion of gluten.
5. Emotional problems
If your child suffers from gluten intolerance, you can see in him behaviors that are not as normal for a child, such as depression, anxiety or mood swings. Eating gluten can even cause attention deficit disorders and hyperactivity.
6. Skin Problems
Those who are intolerant to gluten, when consume it they notice drastic changes in the skin, which becomes scaly or dry.
We recommend that you observe the back, cheeks and arms of your child to see if he has what is called keratosis pilaris, which is nothing more nor less than goosebumps. This often happens because gluten damages the intestine and avoids proper absorption of fats, causing fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A, leading to the emergence of goosebumps.
7. Hormonal imbalances
If you have a daughter and observe drastic changes in her period, this may indicate that she is intolerant to gluten. However, it should be combined with other symptoms to be considered.
The intake of gluten in those who do not tolerate it can cause inflammation and joint pain.
If after reading this note your suspicions about that your child has gluten intolerance have worsened, take him to the doctor to perform a test in a laboratory. However, overall the Celiac disease test is unreliable, so we recommend that you remove gluten from his diet completely to see if the symptoms change.
If symptoms change, continue with a gluten-free diet because it does not only constitute a diagnosis but also the treatment. When you go out to eat, ask for gluten-free menus to prevent damaging your child and purchase products that are gluten-free certified.
Note that what we explain in this note does not replace a doctor’s visit. Take your child to a doctor’s appointment if you suspect he has intolerance to gluten.