Celiac Disease at School

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Gluten’s here, gluten’s there, gluten’s everywhere…celiac disease and kids

How do you manage Celiac Disease at School?

Living with celiac disease as a child always presents possible mishaps and hazards.  Well meaning people have the potential to mistakenly give your trusting child gluten tainted products on a daily basis.  Making sure people understand the implications of gluten in your child’s environment is important, especially if your child is young. 

People may assume you just don’t want your child to eat it or simply think, “What harm can gluten possibly cause?”   The kindest people will swear what they have made is “gluten free” and you really want to believe them.   Truth be told, it is just too easy to get contaminated and then sick.

Gluten at school can present in differing and unsuspecting ways.  Play dough, crayons, hand sanitizers, lotions, soaps, treats, etc.  Be sure to stock a box with gluten free supplies: clay, crayons and anything else that will be in the curriculum in the near future.

Having a well educated teaching staff and substitute supplies on hand will ensure your child isn’t feeling left out or behind.  It will become old hat to the teachers in no time.

Be sure to provide your teacher with a simple list of products that contain gluten.  It is always prudent to have a well organized outline about celiac disease and your child’s needs for a substitute teacher.

Kids never like being excluded but because they generally cannot share in the common treat, having their own special treat is required. 

Birthday treats are a beast in and of themselves.  Treats are commonplace and are not always given a fair warning.

If you are living life with both type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, being prepared for the unexpected is essential.  Having a birthday treat that is both low carbohydrate and gluten free stocked in the classroom all of the time is ideal.  Our family usually keeps popsicles in the teacher’s lounge freezer.

Thinking ahead of time is so important with celiac disease at school. 

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