Originally Posted by m02ro3mommy
Last week I had my toddler (22 months) tested for Celiac's Disease. However, because he has an eczema sensitivity to wheat from birth his wheat consumption has been minimal. He has maybe a serving a week along with oatmeal once or twice a week since 12 months. Will this affect the blood test?
I can't say for sure, as I'm not a doctor. My assumption (worthless in this case, I know
) is that he has been given gluten regularly enough to maintain his antibody levels, meaning that the test will probably show up positive. There are many ways that intolerance to gluten can show up, and a skin reaction (exzema) is one of them. I noticed on another post (in digestive problems board?) that you said that your son has stopped growing. If his small intestine has been damaged by his body's reaction to wheat, then he is not absorbing nutrients properly. But it looks like you have researched things enough to know this.
Please keep in mind that some of us have found out through careful observation of our diets that gluten is a problem. By the time I found a doctor who was willing to believe me and give me the tests, I had been off gluten for many months, and all tests (blood tests as well as inspection of my upper intestines) showed nothing. So, I am self-diagnosed, but I maintain my diet as though I had an official diagnosis.
What I mean is, even if the tests for your son come back negative for celiac, you have already noticed that his body reacts negatively to it (exzema). My advice (worth only two cents, I know!) is to maintain an entirely gluten-free diet for him. Regular assaults on his system of foods that cause him to react will not allow his body to "relax" and develop a strong immune system.
At any rate, good luck on tracing down the cause of his problems!