Caring for children with celiac disease

Learn how our Gastroenterology, Liver and Nutrition Program cares for children with celiac disease.

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Our approach to celiac disease

The Bonnie Lynn Mechanic Celiac Disease Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin offers a comprehensive celiac management program. The clinic is led by Grzegorz W. Telega, MD, a well-known expert in celiac disease. Our interdisciplinary team includes a pediatric gastroenterologist, nurse and dietitian who specialize in treating this condition and who will work together to ensure your child gets the best care possible.

Celiac disease services we offer

Diagnosing and treating celiac disease

If the doctor suspects celiac disease based on your child’s medical history and symptoms, he or she may use the following tests to confirm the diagnosis:

If your child is diagnosed with celiac disease, we’ll help you learn to manage this condition. Our dietician will sit down with you for an intensive, three-hour meeting that will cover everything from how to read food labels to how to cook gluten-free to how to handle eating at a party. We’ll meet again two or three months later for a trouble-shooting visit, and then we’ll continue to assess your child annually to ensure that everything is going well and that your child hasn’t developed any nutritional deficiencies.

Some children and families struggle with the lifestyle changes required by celiac disease. If your child is having trouble adhering to the diet or is depressed or anxious as a result, we may refer your child to a psychologist for cognitive behavior therapy.