Getting a diagnosis
This should be a fairly simple process but your GP may not recognise the symptoms as they can be very different from person to person. Professionals are reluctant to assign the diagnosis to children who are showing mild symptoms.
A simple blood test can be the first step along the road to diagnosis. The blood test identifys antibodies being produced because gluten is being ingested. If blood test results show a significant level of antibodies then a biopsy of the lining of the intestines will be offered.
A biopsy (endoscopy) is usually carried out under a local anesthethic for adults and a genreal anesthetic for children. The the tissue sample will be examined under a microscope to see if the villi within the intestines are damaged.