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The age at which a child receives gluten has no effect on celiac disease


Recent results of celiac disease - celiac disease - yield quite surprising results. The timing of giving your child gluten does not affect whether or not the disease will develop.

A team of researchers wanted to investigate whether the age at which a child first receives gluten affects the development of celiac disease. The researchers observed 6436 newborns, genetically predisposed to the disease (having the celiac disease 'genotype') from Finland, Germany, Sweden and the United States.

Every three months, the team of researchers met with the parents of the children in their homes and collected information on how to feed the child. Also examined Tissue Transglutaminase Antibodies (tTGA) celiac disease marker. Intestinal biopsy was also performed when the tTGA result motivated it.It turned out that Swedish children consumed gluten for the first time the fastest - when they were about 22 weeks, children from Finland 26 weeks, children from Germany and the United States when they were about 30 weeks.Children were followed for an average of 5 years. 12% of them had elevated tTGA levels, and 5% of them were diagnosed with celiac disease. Compared to US children, Swedish children had a slightly higher risk of developing celiac disease (by about 2%), which is another study that confirms that the age at which a child receives gluten is not an independent factor in the development of celiac disease. Despite this, scientists recommend staying with the current scheme of expanding the baby's menu. Research continues. Source