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Coeliac disease tests & diagnosis for children

Important

Don't start your child on a gluten-free diet until they have a diagnosis of coeliac disease, as they need to be eating gluten to get accurate test results. If your child has been on a gluten-free diet, you'll need to put them back on a normal diet for at least 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.

This flyer from Education in Nutrition describes the types of gluten-containing foods your child should eat for accurate coeliac disease testing.

On the next page: Living with a child diagnosed with coeliac disease

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by paediatric gastroenterologist, Child Health, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed December 2016. Last updated August 2018.

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