Coeliac (celiac) disease is usually a condition of early childhood and may continue into adult life. Research has proved that gluten, the major protein in wheat, rye, barley and oats is the offending nutrient in this
allergy syndrom. Celiac disease develops after gluten (eg. breakfast cereals) is introduced in the diet.|
Common symptoms of coeliac disease are diarrhoea, steatorrhea (presence of an excess of fat in the stools), malabsorption and anaemia. Children may have a distended abdomen, fail to grow normally, show delayed development and are generally miserable.