Play Dates & Visiting Family and Friends
It is really important that your child is still meeting their friends and going to friends’ houses as well as having friends to their own house. You can’t be sure about what your child will eat at someone else’s house so you do need to talk to the parents or minder about coeliac disease.
- Keep it simple. Most people don’t really understand coeliac disease and don’t want a big lecture.
- Do give them some written information with a few pointers. Do include things like:
- No foods with wheat, rye, barley or oats on the label
- Gluten free foods can pick up gluten if they touch ordinary food, so do keep things separate.
- It’s important to wash your hands between touching ordinary food and gluten free foods – even a tiny bit of gluten can cause a problem!
- Foods that say “gluten-free” on the label are also safe
- Play Doh contains gluten so children with coeliac disease can’t play with it but a gluten free Play Doh can be easily made. Gluten Free Play Doh recipe as follows:
- Ingredients: ½ cup of rice flour, ½ cup of corn starch, ½ cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of cooking oil, food colouring if desired.
- Method: Mix ingredients and cook and stir over a low heat for three minutes or until a ball forms. Leave to cool completely before storing in a resealable plastic bag.
- Do let them know about foods your child CAN have e.g.
- All fruit and vegetables are gluten free and make great snacks.
- Plain yoghurt, cheese and milk are all gluten free.
- Do pack some gluten free food for your child – you can use their party box (see birthday parties below). Think about a gluten free sandwich or crackers or gluten free treats if needed. It can be helpful to include gluten free treats so the other children in the house can try some.
This page is kindly supported by Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza