Dylan Dreyer’s Son Diagnosed with Celiac Disease
Dylan Dreyer, the meteorologist on NBC News, shared in an interview that her six-year-old son, Calvin, was diagnosed with celiac disease. The diagnosis came after Calvin experienced severe stomach pain, earaches, coordination issues, and a rash on his scalp, which caused his hair to fall out. The family went to multiple doctors and underwent several tests until they received a confirmed celiac disease diagnosis in March.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that differs from gluten intolerance or a wheat allergy. In this condition, consuming gluten creates an immune response that can cause several symptoms for patients. Dr. Lisa Fahey, co-director of the Center for Celiac Disease at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, explained that celiac disease can cause major damage to a person’s intestines and does not always cause symptoms.
To manage Calvin’s condition, the family changed to a gluten-free diet and had to remove all gluten traces in their home. Dylan Dreyer was surprised to learn that gluten can hide in almost everything, including kitchen utensils and cutlery. With the switch to a gluten-free diet and their efforts to remove gluten from their home, Calvin’s symptoms have improved, and he finally feels good for the first time in a year.
Dylan Dreyer shared her son’s story to raise awareness for celiac disease, which often goes undiagnosed. She also started the “Today” show segment “Cooking with Cal” to share celiac disease-safe meals. The meteorologist has been trying various gluten-free flours and products to replace bread, pasta, and pizza crusts and ensure that Calvin can still enjoy food despite his condition.
Aside from Calvin, Dylan Dreyer shares two other sons with her husband, Brian Fichera.