Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:31 PM
Mommy to 2 Divas in Training
~6 yr old daughter positive Celiac blood test December 2010 (at age 4)~
~Positive Biopsy January 10, 2011~
~Gluten Free since January 11, 2011~
Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:56 PM
I'm thinking of hosting a pumpkin or squash carving party and everyone wears costumes (maybe not the same night as Halloween) and just having candy for the boys to have after the party. It sounds like a lot of work though. But... I want my boys to be kids and to not feel like they are left out of fun stuff at holidays. I don't know what to do.
I'm already freaked about Thanksgiving too.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:04 PM
Then you can keep the candy they can't eat and give it away next Halloween.
Maybe give you daughter some gluten free candy to take with her though so she's not tempted to cheat during the evening.
Posted 06 September 2011 - 10:54 PM
Gluten-Free since November 2010
GAPS Diet since January/February 2011
me - not tested for celiac - currently doing a gluten challenge since 11/26/2011
partner - not tested for celiac
ds - age 11, hospitalized 9/2010, celiac dx by gluten reaction & genetics. No biopsy or blood as we were already gluten-free by the time it was an option.
dd - age 12.5, not celiac, has Tourette's syndome
both kids have now-resolved attention issues.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:52 AM
Allergic to red food coloring.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:06 AM
I backup the treats with fruit snacks, small bags of smartfood popcorn or Utz cheese balls etc..
Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:15 AM
I let them pick out a predetermined number of pieces of (safe) candy from their stash and the rest they trade in for a toy (one year it was a Webkinz).
I let them pick out a predetermined number of pieces of (safe) candy from their stash and I buy the rest off of them.
My daughter (celiac) trades her not-safe candy for safe candy with her brother (not celiac).
The last couple of years, my husband's office has collected Halloween candy (whatever you can pry away from the kids and the leftover's from what you pass out). They participate in a project called "Operation Gratitude" which ships it to troops overseas. Last year, my kid's school participated in the same program. Also, last year, there was a local dentist doing a buy-back program (something like $1/pound of candy). I don't know what he was doing with the candy, but he wanted to get it off the street (so-to-speak) Take a look around your community for some kind of program like these.
I do try to let them have some and get most of it out of the house because I'm the one with the weakest will power. I won't let the kids eat a bunch of candy in one sitting but I'll sneak pieces all day long
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 06:57 AM
Celiac disease(positive blood work/biopsy- 10/2008), gluten free oat intolerent, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Disease, Raynaud's Disease
celiac disease(positive IgA tTG, no biopsy- 11/2010)
repeated negative bloodwork and negative EGD/biopsy. Started on a gluten free trial(8/2011). He has decided to stay gluten free due to all of the improvements he has experienced on the diet.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 10:31 AM
Posted 07 September 2011 - 11:12 AM
Does anyone have a good list of gluten free candies handy? I hadn't even thought about Halloween...something I'll have to be doing from now on.
Here's a list from last year: http://surefoodslivi...ee-status-2010/
Keep in mind some things may have changed and may no longer be gluten-free. Several bloggers do take the time to contact companies and compile a new list each year. It usually gets posted here, so keep an eye out for an updated 2011 list.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 11:39 AM
This helps in many ways too as they don't really have a stash of crappy candy around for a month or more.
Posted 07 September 2011 - 02:17 PM
luckly for my parents i had just aged out of trick or treating when i got diagnosed with celiac disease so they didn't have to deal with it, but when i would go to a party and they would give out goodie bags i would put the safe stuff in my "safe" (let your kids build one or declare a shelf in the closet their safe "safe" and don't alow others to mess with the food on it, i had an entire cubbard, i was the only one in the family with celiac disease) and trade the rest of candy with my siblings (not celiac) for small toys like legos or cards
use halloween as a teaching opertunity allow your kids to sort their candy with a list then look over it your self and make sure it is all safe, then you can use the unsafe candy as bartering chips giving them a couple options like a nikel a piece or they can use all their candy to get a fish or something
i do not recomend giving unsafe candy to siblings unless all children fully understand what is safe and not because they will most likely retrade or get sticky fingers (i did this, your kids might not) and end up eating the bad stuff
also instead of giving out candy hand out non food items then when your kids get back just swap your kids bad stuff for the stuff in the bowl and hand out the unsafe candy
Posted 08 September 2011 - 01:35 PM
For those of you worrying about Thanksgiving...don't fret! It can be done!! We usually host one dinner (totally gluten-free) and then attend one dinner (not gluten-free, we bring our own food). Same with Christmas. Both dinners are great and Kiddo does just fine. I never feel like he is left out. It is more work, but really not enough to stress about.
Posted 09 September 2011 - 07:21 AM
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