Eliminating gluten from your child’s diet all together is the only way to alleviate symptoms of celiac disease. It might be a little difficult to know which food items do or do not contain gluten, but dieticians at The Aga Khan University Hospital can help you understand how this may be done. Eliminating gluten from your child’s diet will allow his or her small intestines to heal gradually. This, however, does not mean that your child will be able to take gluten again. This is a lifelong disorder and if your child consumes gluten again, this might irritate the small intestines again, and the symptoms will reoccur.
To counter intestinal inflammation, your doctor may prescribe medications.
Besides foods that contain gluten, you'll need to watch out for foods that may have been contaminated with gluten. This is called "cross-contamination." This refers to food that does not contain gluten as an ingredient but that comes into contact with gluten-containing foods. This is most likely to happen at home in your own kitchen — for instance, wheat bread crumbs in the toaster, the butter, or jar of peanut butter. You will have to really work to eliminate all such items from your child’s diet.