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Bloating caused by gluten in celiac disease: Gluten baby stomach

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Bloating is a common complaint that affects people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. Some people experience a highly visible version of the bloating that has been nicknamed the gluten baby stomach. Although they are not pregnant, it is easy to mistake their growing and aching stomachs, but there are tips that can help alleviate the discomfort.


Bloating can be caused by a variety of products and issues, so gluten is not the only culprit. Some people who have celiac disease or are sensitive to the protein may also have other food allergies that make it difficult to distinguish what is causing the actual problem. However, most people are able to trace their gluten baby stomach to contamination with the protein or accidental ingestion of the protein.

Registered dietitian Tamara Duker Freuman states that the gluten baby stomach is sometimes used to help diagnose patients because it is a common symptom of celiac disease. Unfortunately, there is no pill or quick cure for relieving bloating. There are several remedies that you can try to get rid of the problem, but results may take time to appear.

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If you have been accidentally glutened, you may want to consider trying the following tips. First, it is important to identify and remove the trigger, so you will have to figure out what caused the bloating and stop consuming it. Next, you may want to try drinking plain water and eating simple foods that will not aggravate the condition. Some people have also found relief by drinking aloe juice, peppermint tea or ginger tea while others believe that apple cider vinegar can help. You may also want to think about adding probiotics or fermented foods to aid digestion. It is important to remember that you should consult a doctor if you are concerned about your health.

Read more about celiac disease:
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