Early gluten introduction won’t prevent coeliac disease: research

And authorities say "other environmental factors" must be contributing to the rise of the disease.

It is disappointing news for parents looking for a way to prevent the problem in infants at higher risk because of inherited traits.

There is no early window of opportunity to help sensitise an infant to gluten, and delaying its start until one year of age only briefly postpones the onset of symptoms, the studies found.

"We don't have a recipe to prevent it right now," said Dr Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Coeliac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts