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Cara in Boston

Member Since 03 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active Mar 02 2015 09:59 AM

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Great Lunchbox For School/camp To Help Protect Against Cross-Contamination

28 June 2014 - 05:36 AM

We've been using a "wrap-n-mat" in my son's lunchbox for a couple of years and that worked well to provide him with a clean surface for his lunch while at school (can't count on the tables being clean since they are just wiped down with a damp rag between classes).  But half-way through third grade, my son didn't want to use them anymore.  Taking the extra step made him feel different than the other kids and he just likes to blend in.


This lunchbox (Solvetta Flatbox) is awesome and solves our problem.  It is also great for summer camp and picnics.  The sides zip down to create a placemat.  It is plenty big enough for a kid and looks cool.  All his friends want one. 


Just toss it in the washing machine to clean it.


Now he has a clean surface to eat on and doesn't feel weird or different.


Just thought I'd share in case anyone else was dealing with this same issue.





Allergy Bullying . . . Anyone Have Anything Specific To This In Their 504 Plan?

17 March 2014 - 10:20 AM

Going in tomorrow to update my son's 504 plan at school.  Our first one was very casual and I want to tighten it up so it will be easier (I imagine?) when we transition to a new school soon.


I've added a shelter-in-place plan (after the events in Atlanta this winter) and now I want to add something about "allergy bullying".  We have not had a problem with it, (that I know of)  but I have heard stories from other parents in the same school district.  I want to make sure if he is teased about his diet or threatened somehow with gluten-containing food that the school will take it seriously and treat it as an act of bullying under their anti-bullying policy.


Does anyone else have something addressing this issue in their 504 plan?  How is it worded?


Thanks -



Is Vomiting A Symptom After Being Glutened?

17 March 2014 - 08:04 AM

Joe has been gluten free for almost 3 years.  In that time, he was only glutened once (that we know of) and that was about 2 years ago.  Before diagnosis, his only symptom was horrible, horrible behavior.  No GI symptoms, nothing else really.  When he was glutened years ago, he had very painful stomach cramps and felt "yucky" for about a week (fatigue, no energy, no appetite, etc.)  and, of course, the horrible behavior.


Now, this past week he was home from School on Wednesday because he started vomiting early Wednesday morning.  No fever, just vomiting.  We had been to California Pizza Kitchen the day before, so there is the possibility of cross-contamination.  After a couple of hours, he seemed perfectly fine.  Not sick at all.


Last night (Sunday), he was up every hour vomiting.  Again, no fever, no other symptoms.  On Saturday night he ate at a friend's house (Dad has Celiac, so they have gluten-free alternatives) and now I'm wondering if he was possibly glutened accidentally there.  Their kitchen is not 100% gluten-free like ours, since it is only the dad who has an issue.  


After almost 10 hours of throwing up, he is now perfectly fine and very hungry.  No fever, no signs of food poisoning or a virus or anything.  Nothing.  He is out of bed busy with legos and stuff.


Since it was never a symptom before, I just don't know what to think.  Could just be a coincidence that both episodes occurred after eating food outside of the house (we JUST started being more "brave" and trying new things.)


Strangely, his behavior seems normal . . . he was definitely more irritable yesterday, but nothing like the crazy stuff we had when he was on gluten.


Anyone else have a kid who vomits after gluten?  Not right away, but within 18-24 hours?