My two year old has been gluten-free since his brother was diagnosed last year. He’s just started preschool and they have toast and crumpets etc for snack time. We thought we’d go with it and see what happened, obviously hoping he’d be fine, but he’s developed a rash. It started as a few bumps on his tummy and one thigh, and now two weeks later it’s all over one side of his tummy, his left thigh, his left elbow and coming up on his back and right side too. I asked my GP if gluten could be causing the rash and they said no. My son also seems unusually tired and cranky with it, although the rash itself doesn’t seem to bother him. He’s had chicken pox, so it’s not that, and he’s up to date with his jabs. Am I right to be concerned, or have I gone nuts?
He’s never had any blood tests done. We weren’t offered any when his brother was diagnosed. It’s calmed down a lot over the October school holiday, so I’m going to see what happens when he starts back at preschool. If it flares up again I’ll go back to my GP.
Some people do respond with a rash with exposure to gluten, even if that is a different reaction then what other family members get. However – there are so many viruses that get spread in toddler rooms that result in a rash, there is no reason to jump to that conclusion.
Family members are about 20% more likely to develop Celiac Disease than others, so it is usually recommended that all 1st degree relatives got at least the initial blood test to check for disease, even if asymptomatic.