Navigating school may seem daunting when your child has been diagnosed as coeliac. However, the most important thing is communication. Speak with your child’s teacher to ensure they understand the disease and empower your child by helping them understand their condition and diet. We are often amazed by how well children adapt post-diagnosis. Many have been feeling unwell, and are happy to learn how to feel better.
Here are some simple to help make school days as easy as possible
- Make sure the school staff is aware of your child’s diagnosis. The Coeliac Society has a letter which you can give to your child’s teacher explaining the basics of the disease and providing information on avoiding cross contamination. Click here to download a copy.
- Remind your child not to share lunches. Even if foods in their friend’s lunchboxes look similar, the gluten free status of brands can differ.
- On special occasions such as the last day of term, a teacher may give children treats. Have a chat with your child’s teacher and let him/her know which treats are suitable for your child, ensuring they won’t feel left out.
- Check the gluten-free status of all products in the current Coeliac Society Food List
- Only gluten-free oats should be eaten by people diagnosed as coeliac. It is recommended that those recently diagnosed avoid oats until their antibodies have returned to normal. Oats should also be avoided if tTG antibodies are raised or during a bout of gastroenteritis. It’s worth reminding school staff of this as many people aren’t aware of this and things like biscuits and cereal bars often contain oats.