Celiac Disease

Mayo Clinic Q&A: No proven way to prevent celiac disease

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is there anything I can do now to prevent my 1-year-old from getting celiac disease?

ANSWER: At this time, there is no proven way to prevent celiac disease. But if your child is considered to be at high risk for the disease due to family or medical history, there may be some steps you can take to lower that risk or to identify the disease early. If your child isn't in a high-risk category, there's no need to be concerned, as the possibility he or she will develop celiac disease is low.

Celiac disease is an immune reaction to eating gluten -- a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. For people with celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune...