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Gluten Free Kindergarten

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

This Fall my youngest daughter will be starting Kindergarten at the local elementary school. I will be one of many parents who will be having the internal struggle of wanting my child to succeed while I am gripping her hand and trying to hold back the tears. I am sending my 5 year old off into the big world of education and trusting that everything will be "just fine" as the teacher takes her from me.

However, for my daughter school can be a deadly place because my daughter has Celiac Disease. It is an auto-immune disorder that 1 out of ever y 133 Americans have that is lethal if not controlled. Celiac Disease is more than just intolerance to gluten (wheat, barley and rye). If a person with Celiac Disease ingests gluten it can damage the internal organs including the intestines where the body's immune system is and where it processes the needed nutrients to sustain all life functions. Within the intestines there are small hair like strands called "villi" that absorb the nutrients in the food that we eat. When my daughter eats something with gluten those villi lie down and are not able to perform its natural function. Over time the body will be at risk of malnutrition and will literally starve, even though she is eating food. Her body will not be able to live.

We have had her on a gluten free diet for 4 years and it has taken a lot of patience and researching of foods to get to the point that we are at today with her health. Who knew that play-dough bought at the store could have gluten? Or that the toothpaste we had in our house contained gluten as well? Going to a play date with other kids takes planning and fore though. Going out to eat is always a lengthy discussion about what foods are available and how are they prepared. Can we see the food labels of all the ingredients that might be on her plate? Cross-contamination in the kitchen is also a huge concern.

Along the way we have met people with Celiac Disease but they are typically older adults. I haven't met another family that has a toddler/pre-school child on a gluten free diet. Children can be picky eaters but when you are then limited by these types of restrictions is can be hard for your child to deal with this part of their life. We always have fresh fruit and veggies in the house along with the gluten free products that are available now in many grocery stores (even though they are about 240% more expensive then the gluten foods). A lot of her favorite foods we have found through trial and error. Some gluten free items she likes but others she won't go near (her 2nd birthday cake was awful-more like a sand castle than cake).

To keep my daughter safe, education is the key. I am her mother and her advocate. I plan on meeting with the principal of the school as well as the head of the cafeteria and the teachers that my daughter will be with during her day. I will help them to develop a 504 plan to outline what is and is not safe for my daughter. She will not be allowed to have any food/drink unless it is provided by me in her lunch bag. I will also bring acceptable snacks for her when there is a birthday celebrated in her classroom where cupcakes are the tradition. One of the most important things will be that if there is a gluten incident, I am notified immediately. She won't go into anaphylactic shock or develop hives like other people with allergies can but it will make her sick with flu-like symptoms for a few days.

There are other issues that come along with Celiac Disease for children in school. My daughter typically has snacks every 2-3 hours and uses the restroom more often than a typical Kindergarten student does. These are other issues that will have to be address before school as well. What complicates this issue even further is that she also has allergies to soy, peanuts, fish and most dairy items but we are working with her pediatric gastroenterologist and hope to be able to introduce new foods before school begins. The important thing is that at the end of the day she is happy, healthy, and safe in school.

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