Symptoms of Celiac Disease

The symptoms for celiac disease are varied and can be different for each person.   Some people will have no symptoms at all and others will present with many symptoms. 

As the predisposition to developing celiac disease is there at birth, a lot of children are diagnosed once cereal food is first introduced to their diet.   For others it does not present until much later in life.   Many people are
"asymptomatic" are are diagnosed with celiac disease by default.   This could be as a result of being tested for other illnesses such as anaemia, unexplained onset of osteoporosis or irritable bowel.   It is not until these symptoms are being investigated that celiac disease may be detected.   This can be a shock, especially when you were not expecting it.

Symptoms can vary from person to person and should always be discussed with a medical practitioner.

The major/common symptoms are:

  • anaemia (low iron levels)
  • tiredness, weakness and lethargy
  • weight loss and or weight gain
  • diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • cramping.

Common symptoms specifically for Babies

  • diarrhoea and or constipation
  • abdominal pain and flatulence
  • poor feeding; and
  • poor weight gain

 Common symptoms specifically for Children

  • diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fatigue
  • poor weight or growth; and
  • tiredness and irritability

Less common symptoms for Adults

  • mouth ulcers
  • infertility - difficult in falling pregnant (this affects both men and women)
  • deficiency of vitamins and calcium levels
  • bone and joint pain
  • skin rashes such as dermatitis herpetiformis; and
  • bruising.