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Boston Children's Hospital's Celiac Disease Program and Support Group helps hundreds of member families cope with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that leads to damage of the small intestine and requires children to follow a strict, gluten-free diet.
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We strive to make life easier for families living with celiac disease. Our Celiac Program includes online resources and take-home DVDs. Boston Children's Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has also released the instructive comic book, "Amy Goes Gluten-Free: A Young Person's Guide to Celiac Disease."
The experts in our Celiac Disease Program are some of the best in the country when it comes to diagnosing and helping families manage celiac disease with a gluten-free lifestyle. We also have a vibrant and active Celiac Disease support group with more than 400 member families. For more information about the support group, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No parents want to hear that their child has a chronic illness, but the good news is that celiac disease (CD) is always treatable by changes in diet. This means that your child can avoid side effects associated with medicine, and as a bonus, often the whole family eats more healthily after a member is diagnosed with celiac disease.
"When I tell parents their child has celiac disease and must go on a gluten-free diet, I am absolutely confident that their child will recover. Adjusting to the diet is challenging, but certainly do-able with the proper supports."
--ALAN M. LEICHTNER, MD, FAAP, DIRECTOR OF THE CELIAC DISEASE PROGRAM AT BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Celiac disease is a lifelong intolerance to gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and also in oats that have been contaminated with gluten from other products. In people with celiac disease, gluten damages the lining of the intestines which can prevent absorption of nutrients and cause a variety of other symptoms.
For a more in depth look at celiac disease, including information on treatment and care, see our conditions and treatments page.
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