Why it’s important to identify infants who are gluten intolerant

Researchers have demonstrated that if we avoid introducing gluten to infants who have been identified with specific gluten intolerant genetic mutations, we can delay the loss of immune tolerance, autoimmune response and the development of many autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease and Type 1 Diabetes.

Knowing if your child has certain gluten intolerance mutations is important as these mutations can increase the risk of developing Celiac disease by 400%.

Avoid gluten under 12 months of age.
If your child has gluten intolerance mutations, it is important that they avoid gluten, especially under the age of 12 months. This means that babies should be screened before the introduction of solid food when they are 4 months of age or younger.

Screening your children for gluten intolerance

The only way you can definitively know if your child is gluten intolerant or not is to screen for specific gluten intolerance mutations through a genetic test. At iDNA Health we can screen infants and children for these mutations and recommend that every child is screened for gluten intolerance, no matter what their age. We can screen infants from birth. Contact us today or read more about our Gluten Intolerance Screening.

We can post your Gluten Intolerance Genetic Test anywhere in Australia. Either a swab test or blood test available.
Contact us to get your child screened today for Autoimmune Disease and Gluten Intolerance.


It is particularly important that you screen your children if you have any of the diseases below in your family, as they are associated with gluten intolerance mutations. Read more about our patients’ experiences (Testimonial 2) in our blog post, Gluten Intolerance: The Autoimmune Fallout.

The Rates of Autoimmune and Immune Disease Are Increasing

We have seen a marked increase in immune and autoimmune related diseases such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), asthma and atopy (allergic related disorders). Researchers have shown that celiac disease doubled in a 15-year period.

The increase in gluten-related immune and autoimmune disease is due to the confluence of three main factors:

  1. Genetic Gluten Intolerance Mutations
    1. Individuals with gluten intolerance mutations trigger their immune system and autoimmune response every time they eat gluten, which can lead to the development of a wide range of autoimmune conditions.
  2. Environmental
    1. The food manufacturing industry is embedding gluten in a wide array of foods. Thus, anyone with gluten intolerance mutations is being exposed multiple times per day, not just when they eat certain grains such as wheat, barley or rye, but also when they eat chocolate, soy sauce and sausages. The greater the exposure the greater the risk of immune dysregulation and autoimmune response.
  3. Gut Microbiome
    1. Recent research has shown that your gut microbiome – the bacteria that live in your gut – is a very important piece of the puzzle. Individuals who develop loss of immune tolerance and go on to develop autoimmune conditions such as celiac disease have disruptions in their gut microbiome, with specific classes of bacteria being over-represented and others under-represented. At iDNA Health we can measure your gut microbiome, with the most advanced DNA-based metagenomic testing available. Contact us for further information.
    2. Specific gluten intolerance mutations alter your gut microbiome. You must assess your genes to understand your gut microbiome and its influence on your immune function and risk of autoimmune disease.
    3. Other genetic mutations also alter your gut microbiome, and these must also be assessed. For further information read Secretor Status Test: Genetic Screening.

At iDNA Health we can put all of the pieces of the puzzle together for you. We can screen to check if you have a gluten intolerance genetic mutation; we can assess your genes that affect your gut microbiome and we can measure your gut microbiome.

What we know is that the prevention of a disease is always better than trying to manage a disease. Genetic testing is enabling us to look at the risk factors and then mitigate these risk factors. As parents today, you have a new paradigm in which to support your child’s health and wellbeing.

And even though most people can control celiac disease by removing gluten from their diet, researchers state that primary prevention (don’t get it in the first place) is better than managing the disease.