Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Diagnosing Celiac Disease
(KUTV) Tummy aches are common in children, but they can also be a sign of a common condition called Celiac (sel-e-ak) disease.
When she was 9-years-old Kassidy Thorpe knew something was wrong, her stomach hurt and she felt sick. Her mother Natalie also knew something wasn't right.
Tests later revealed that Kassidy had Celiac disease.
Doctor Thomas Sutton is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. He says Celiac disease is common in both adults and children.
One of the triggers for the disease is something commonly found in the food that we eat.
Unlike other diseases, Celiac disease can be treated and controlled by eating foods that are gluten free.
Kassidy admits it was tough to give up some of her favorite foods, but she feels better.
Doctors have seen cases of Celiac disease in children under the age of 2.
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