Letting People Know
If you are with your child all the time, then you will know exactly what they are eating. But your child is not going to be with you all the time so you do need to talk to their school, childminder and friends’ parents as well as your own family and friends.
There is a Quick Guide to Coeliac disease available for you to give to family and friends who want to know a little bit about coeliac disease. This is on the website at www.coeliac.ie.
Informing School/ Crèche/ Montessori.
Do call into your child’s school or crèche and talk to them about coeliac disease and the gluten free diet. People will often tell you that they know what they are doing – and some will – but most people don’t understand about cross contamination and how important that is. There is a letter on the coeliac website that you can bring with you when you talk to your child’s school or crèche. www.coeliac.ie/live-gluten-free/explaining-coeliac-disease. This can help to explain coeliac disease. You can also contact the Coeliac Society and the Dietitian can call the school or crèche to explain about coeliac disease if that is needed.
Do think about any school events that might involve food – parties, school tours, holiday treats. Then you can think about foods that you need to send to your school for those days.
Remember that Play Doh is not gluten free – kids need to have gluten free playdough if they are using it in school, crèche or playdates.
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