Pediatric and Childhood Celiac Disease Program

Pediatric and Childhood Celiac Disease Program

The only pediatric medical celiac disease program serving North Texas

When your child complains of tummy pain, it might not just be another stomach ache. If your child constantly experiences stomach pain, especially after eating, and is not growing properly, it could be celiac disease.

At Children’s Health℠, we offer options for living gluten-free, as well as education and resources to eliminate your child’s symptoms and help your child thrive. Our Childhood Celiac Disease Program is the only pediatric medically-based option in the region, offering you expertise and assistance for managing your child’s chronic condition.

Conditions We Treat

A multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to celiac disease care

The Childhood Celiac Disease Program offers outpatient care in a clinical setting the first Wednesday of every month.

Our multidisciplinary team includes a pediatric gastroenterologist expert in celiac disease, a social worker and dietitian working together to ensure that your child receives the best possible care.

Michele Alkalay, M.D., the UT Southwestern physician practicing at Children's Health, has dedicated her practice to helping children with celiac disease thrive.

The celiac clinic has been a gem for us. I appreciate that they have nutrition and psychology as part of the team approach.
Sarah, Caleb's mom

Dealing with a chronic condition is difficult for your child and the entire family. Our program offers counseling and support for following a complex gluten-free diet. During your clinic visits, you’ll have time to ask questions about managing and treating celiac disease, as well as plan for follow-up care and screening for at-risk conditions such as diabetes.

We can also help with 504 plans for school, access to local resources and a support group, and other tips for living with celiac disease.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease damages the small intestine and creates problems with the absorption of necessary nutrients and vitamins due to a gluten allergy. Gluten includes foods containing wheat, barley and rye. 

Celiac disease is a life-long autoimmune condition that happens when your child’s body reacts to foods containing gluten. If your child has celiac disease, he or she will need to follow a strict, gluten-free diet for life. 

Contact our caring pediatric GI specialist at the fully-accredited Childhood Celiac Disease program in Plano at 469-303-4200.



Meet the Care Team