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wmramsel

Grumblegrumble, Glutened At Church Today, Grumblegrumble

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Argh!  Someone had Cheerios in the 2yo room at the church nursery and my daughter stole some.  She managed to get 4-5 Cheerios...nothing major, but her skin is already bright red in some places.  That was about an hour and a half ago.

 

I'm not mad at them, they were very upset that it happened.  I'm just agitated that it happened at all.  Nobody's fault, in reality.  Just frustrated.  The church (and her preschool) is so good about this- they even sanitize my son's hands before we pick him up just in case he has touched anything to transfer.  Tell me it gets easier when she is old enough to know better.....

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with hand sanitizer?  yikes!  i learned that one the hard way - could not figure out what i got glutened with the first time we went camping and that's what it was.  eating with my hands (burgers n dogs) got me after i used hand sanitizer.  soap and water is your friend :)

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Well, they use the wipes.  Why is sanitizer inadequate?

Sanitizer is intended to kill microorganisms such as bacteria. Although wipes are better than the pump bottles, gluten cannot be killed. It must be physically washed away. Soap and ample water do that well.

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Sanitizer is intended to kill microorganisms such as bacteria. Although wipes are better than the pump bottles, gluten cannot be killed. It must be physically washed away. Soap and ample water do that well.

 

 

Oooooh, now that you say that, it seems obvious.  But it didn't really occur to me.  I will have to let them know!  

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Goodness... So many little things to think of! Wow! That makes total sense and is so sad when trying to do the right thing that it is not :( glad you guys posted this for everyone who wouldn't think of it!

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It does get easier, wmramsel. It is hard to watch your child get sick and go through recovery... all due to five cheerios. Frustrating. Mistakes happen, even to us grown-ups who have a full vocabulary, communication skills and access to google. Once you are able to train her to be gluten-free, she will amaze you. Hey, if four year olds can manage their own insulin schedule, a gluten-free diet is not impossible! We had a one year learning curve, and we made the hand sanitizer mistake too. My dd has DH, and her hands were a total mess. I found out her G1 teacher was using sanitizing gel on her 4-5 times/day. It was a nice thought, but her skin is hyper-reactive. It takes some time to close all the gaps, but you WILL get there. I hope she is feeling better soon.

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