These days, many people—including children—are living gluten-free, which means they don’t consume grains (wheat in particular). Gluten is actually a protein and it can trigger symptoms in children with celiac disease, causing tummy aches and even weight loss and poor growth.
Being gluten free can because of dietary restrictions due to health, but can also be a conscious choice that families make. Either way, keeping gluten out of a diet (especially for children) can be a challenge, so here are six tips for parents with a gluten-free kid…
1. Build a Gluten-Free Environment
GlutenFreeLiving.com notes that families can make kitchens “gluten-free friendly” by buying a new toaster, cutting board and other food preparation devices. While this might be a few bucks up front, it will help prevent “cross-contamination” from foods containing grains.
The source also suggests buying new butter and other spreads that may already be touched by gluten due to crumbs getting into them. “Either designate these as gluten free or teach the family never to double dip,” notes the source.