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  1. Tasdelen Bas, Melike PhD, RN
  2. Cavusoglu, Hicran PhD, RN


The incidence of celiac disease has been increasing in recent years. Celiac disease is an autoimmune enteropathy that emerges mostly in the childhood period. This disorder is a chronic condition of the small intestine due to gluten intake in individuals with genetic predisposition. In the treatment of celiac disease, gluten-free diet therapy is applied. However, the adaptation process to the diet may create difficulties for patients. Compliance with diet is much more difficult among patients with celiac disease in childhood and adolescence than in adult patients. Children and adolescents face distinct difficulties in their homes, at school, and in their social lives. Besides following dietary treatment, children and adolescents living with celiac disease need peer support to manage their daily routines. In this article, we aimed to discuss the problems experienced by children and adolescents living with celiac disease and nursing approaches to these problems.