• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Family pulling together to help Hazel heal

August 26, 2018

Sheri Sargent and her daughter Hazel cooking in the kitchen
Working with their Mayo health care provider in Family Medicine, Hazel Sargent's family is tackling the preschooler's diagnosis of celiac disease head-on.

For most of her young life, 3-year-old Hazel Sargent of Garden City, Minnesota, had tummy troubles. She was frequently constipated and never a big eater. Then one day in the spring of 2017, Hazel woke up from a nap and was lethargic.

"She didn't want to play or eat dinner," Sheri Sargent says of her daughter, the youngest of four girls. "The next day, we took her in to see what was going on."

After an examination and blood work, the family had their answer. Hazel had celiac disease. The condition triggers an immune reaction to eating gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The reaction can damage the lining of the small intestine, preventing certain nutrients from being absorbed into the body. Symptoms include constipation, bloating and fatigue. Read the rest of Hazel's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.