Celiac Disease: How We Treat

How is celiac disease treated?

There is no cure for celiac disease at this time, so treatments focus on controlling the disease through diet to stop damage to the intestines.

Children with celiac disease must adopt a gluten-free diet. A registered dietitian will help your family learn about this style of diet, which can sometimes be difficult for kids. Children may also be tested periodically with a blood test to make sure they are absorbing enough nutrition through their intestines and are not anemic. Your child's primary care doctor will pay special attention to your child's growth and development.

Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for your child's celiac disease?

At the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease at Children's Hospital Colorado, we are experts at diagnosing and treating newly discovered celiac disease, following patients who have lived with the condition and screening relatives of our patients to make sure they know their celiac status. We can provide all the needed testing for you and your families including autoantibody testing, genetic screening and biopsy.

Our celiac disease class, led by a skilled dietitian, provides resources for starting and living a gluten-free lifestyle. We offer continuing classes for families and patients with celiac disease and many have found a support system through our center. We also help teach other physicians about celiac disease.

At Children's Colorado your child may have the opportunity to participate in a research study related to celiac disease. Our current research at Children's Colorado involves evaluating potential small molecule inhibitors of HLA-DQ2 and DQ8, the genes involved in celiac disease and associated autoimmune disease. We are also involved in a multi-center study about the potential development and triggers of celiac disease in children born with a genetic risk. These research efforts help us understand the history of this condition as it develops from birth into adulthood.

Learn more about research at the Digestive Health Institute.