Welcome to the Coeliac Society of Ireland Parents Help Page
This page was created and put together by our 2 incredible volunteers and members Emma Killion and Carol O’Bauchalla
A diagnosis of coeliac disease can come as quite a shock- even if you know your child has been unwell for quite a while. Starting to manage a gluten-free diet for your child can take a lot of effort so we have put together this information booklet for you. It will answer most of your questions and help guide you as you and your child start on a gluten free life.
The Coeliac Society are here to support you and your child with their journey into gluten free living giving you the tools and tips to make the changes you need. Our guide is aimed at helping you to find your way to a happy and safe gluten-free lifestyle for your child.
Topics and tips discussed below:
- Letting People Know
- Play Dates & Visiting Family and Friends
- Managing Birthday Parties
- Beyond Gluten: Building Healthy Bodies, Healthy Bones
- Using The Food List
- Tests and Check Ups
- Recipes for Parents
Where to start?
Start with your dietitian. Your dietitian will help you to manage a gluten free diet and talk to you about the nutrients that are important for your child. She will also be able to check your child’s height and weight.
Your child should be referred to the dietitian in your local hospital or to your local community dietitian. Check with your GP and Gastroenterologist. You can also find dietitian at www.sedi.ie. The Coeliac Society has a Dietitian Clinic every week at their office in Dublin. You can book an appointment at www.coeliac.ie or by calling us on 01 8721471.