Celiac Disease Testing in Children

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Published October 18, 2019

For parents, there are a multitude of everyday children’s matters and milestone marks that take up plenty of time and concern, so when there is a medical issue to consider (especially one as complex as an autoimmune disease like celiac disease), it can be especially taxing. Doctor visits can feel rushed, confusing, and overwhelming, so we put together this guide to testing and diagnosis to provide all the basic information you need.

Is there a genetic risk?

Since celiac disease has a genetic component, a child of someone who has been diagnosed has a higher chance of developing it. The general incidence of celiac disease (cd) is about 1%, but for kids of those who have been diagnosed (as well as for other first degree relatives), the likelihood of developing celiac disease ranges from 4 – 16%.

What tests are necessary?


Genetic testing


If all tests are negative



This article has been assessed and approved by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.