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Coeliac Disease

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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In children with Coeliac Disease the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten causing small bowel damage. Gluten is a protein commonly found in our diets (in BROW foods: Barley, Rye, Oats and Wheat). In Coeliac Disease, eating gluten causes an immune reaction that damages the lining of the small bowel (where nutrients are absorbed). If left untreated, children with Coeliac Disease cannot absorb nutrients properly and can develop malnutrition.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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