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Thank you for your input, those are some great ideas. I have been looking into chronic illnesses and other autoimmune disorders. I did find quite a bit on Celiac and Autism and I think that is an excellent idea to research it further. My ultimate goal would be to do a study on any differences in cognitive abilities pre diagnosis and after a period of being gluten free. Hopefully, there will be support for ongoing research of the many issues that appear to be related to gluten and Celiac.
I am intersted in the same topic. I am currently in a graduate program for School Psychology. I found this very interesting article that had an extensive list of behaviors and mental health challenges related to Celiac. I am not sure if the link will work if you are not a member of the National Association of School Psychologists. I think it will let you see the article one time only before you are told you must be a member.
Thank you to those who responded. I am amazed by the tremendously positive impact being gluten free can have on the mental health of a person with celiac. I have heard about the trouble concentrating - and the possibly ADD type of challenges. I can only imagine what a struggle it is for those who are suffering.
I am a teacher, a graduate student in School Psychology, and mother to a child with Celiac. I am doing research on the impact of untreated Celiac on children's academic and cognitive performance. I know there are plenty of brief references out there that Celiac causes academic/cognitive issues, but I have not found anything with much on specifics. If anyone knows of any studies, please share them.
I would also welcome your thoughts on how your child's school performance changed after being diagnosed and subsequently going on a gluten free diet. Did you see any improvement? How long did it take before the improvement was noticeable? Was your child in special education prior to diagnosis? Does your child still need special education services after going gluten free?
She is 10. I have already spoken with the teachers at school. They seem to get it since they have anaphylactic allergies in the room already. They already have strict eating and handwashing policies in place. Fortunately I teach there, so I am in and out of her classroom on a regular basis and generally know what is going on. We don't have a cafeteria, so that is not a consideration. I will look at putting a 504 in place for her soon in case her teachers change or we ever go to a new school.
I am pulling everything I can out of my kitchen today. I am going to go buy the essentials. I know the food is safe, it is now the other items. The cleaning is going to take me a few days.
My younger daughter bagged up all of the playdough today. I am wondering if I can get all of their cool playdough utensils clean enough. Anyone have any experience with this? I hate to have to replace it all, but I will if necessary. They really enjoy using them. I still have to find a good gluten free playdough.
Christmas may be the time that much of those things are replaced. . .
I thought of something else today I will have to replace - the wooden knife block. I am sure the slots probably have crumbs in it. I keep it right by the toaster. . . Gee, the list seems endless. I want her 100% gluten free as soon as possible, but I see that this is going to take some time.
I do plan on replacing the toaster. I guess I will not be shopping second hand stores for my kitchen wares anymore. . .
I had not thought about reseasoning my cast iron. That is a great idea. I have a lot of it. We don't generally use non stick, so that should not be a problem.
And, really we do not know how sensitive my daughter is yet. I suspect we will not know until her body has had a chance to heal. I just want to do everything I can to support her.
Other things I am doing: washing all of the pot holders, emptying and washing utensil and silverware drawers, cleaning cupboards where food is stored, wiping crumbs out of the fridge and freezer . . . gee I my house will be clean :-)
My daughter was recently diagnosed with celiac. I made the decision to make the whole family gluten free to keep her safe and to keep her from feeling excluded. I have been reading some posts about cross contamination from cooking utensils, in particular cutting boards, cast iron, colanders, etc.
What have you done to clean these items? I do not want to go buy all new stuff if they can be cleaned adequately, especially the cast iron. I have emptied the house of gluten foods, but I am unsure of what level of cleaning of existing housewares I need to do.
I really appreciate reading everyone's comments. My daughter has been suffering from increasingly severe anxiety and depression for the last few years. We are 10 days into a gluten free diet as a result of her Celiac diagnosis and I am already seeing a small improvement in how anxious and depressed she gets. I am being super careful and our entire house is now gluten free to avoid cc. I am cautiously optimistic that we will continue to see improvements.
Hang in there if you are new to the lifestyle. It takes time to heal!