There is a moving blog written by India Knight about children with special needs – you can find it at India Knight – inspired by her experiences with one of her own children, but which now covers a great many different areas of need.

A while back, she posted this article about coeliac disease from a reader called Caroline Maddocks.

The description of her daughter almost exactly matches mine – except that instead of reducing her diet to smoked salmon and strawberries, my daughter would only eat chorizo and grapes – and both were characteristic of coeliac disease. What is amazing is how long it can take to get to a diagnosis. We were lucky in that we have a great GP, but it still took months for all the tests to happen, and then to get a referral to a dietician. When a child is clearly ill, surely speed is vital …