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Coeliac disease tests & diagnosis for children


Do not start your child on a gluten-free diet until they have been diagnosed with coeliac disease, as they need to be eating gluten in order to get accurate test results. If your child has been on a gluten-free diet you will need to put them back on a normal diet for at least four weeks (preferably six weeks) before testing. During this time, your child will need to eat a minimum of two slices of wheat-based bread (or equivalent) daily.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by paediatric gastroenterologist, Child Health, Canterbury DHB. Updated December 2016.

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