Dealing with any diagnosis for your child can be a challenge, but celiac disease comes with specific challenges that can really affect your whole family. If your child has celiac, you want to make sure that they don’t have any exposure to gluten in their diet, and that includes miniscule amounts from cross contamination. When your child receives a celiac diagnosis, you need to take action to help them be as healthy as they can be.
Adjust Their Diet
The first step you need to take is to adjust your child’s diet so that they aren’t eating anything with gluten in it. This means checking carefully through the foods they eat to ensure that they don’t include gluten. There are actually many gluten free breads and baked goods available now that you can add into your child’s diet. Caring for Kids suggests that you help them to find foods that they really love so that they don’t feel like they are missing out too much. If you can decrease the amount of gluten in your household generally, that will make things easier.
Avoid Cross Contamination
When your child has celiac it is important that you take steps to decrease the chances of cross contamination in your home. You don’t want any gluten to make contact with their food or they could experience serious symptoms. You want to make sure that the gluten free foods are completely away from the food you have that contains gluten. According to Granite Peaks Gastroenterology, gluten-free foods should be in their own separate pantry. You also want to cook gluten free items in their own pans, so that there isn’t contamination there.
Plan for When Your Child is Out
It is easiest to keep your child’s diet free from gluten when you are at home, but you also need a plan for when they are away. Having alternate food options for them at school and at events can help to keep them safe. It’s important to come up with good treat options for them so they don’t feel like they are missing out too much when they attend parties with their friends.
Keeping gluten out of your child’s diet takes a lot of work. But as you get used to the process it will become much simpler for both you and your child. Start planning early so you can tackle the problem with ease.
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