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I agree with eliminating oats.  I get sick from oats and that has not changed in over 10 years.  So it  is possible she will always have a reaction to oats.

I also agree with trying to keep her on a mostly whole foods diet.  It is a good thing for her to learn to eat whole foods vs processed foods as they should be her main diet for the rest of her life.

That being the "rule" there are always exceptions for kids.  I suggest Aldi's gluten free wraps or Mission brand corn tortillas.  Stay away from gluten-free bread for a few months.  Some people react to the zanthan gum they use in a lot of it.  If she is still on dairy try taking off it for a few months.

I can eat Sour Patch Kids and Planters mixed nuts.  Oh, and Lara Bars are good too.  Those are probably ok for a treat.

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18 hours ago, Ranchers Wife said:

Stop with handling, feeding, and cleaning up after the school gerbil.

I can just about guarantee that the gerbil food has wheat in it.


While it's pretty unlikely that she's eating gerbil food, inhaling dust is enough to stimulate an autoimmune reaction in someone with celiac disease. 


My husband and I are both celiac. We both have pretty obvious problems with inhaled wheat (or barley, rye or triticale) dust. We live on a cattle ranch. Our symptoms didn't go away until we quit buying cattle feed, minerals and bedding that had any gluten source. We were breathing dust. A little bit of inhaled wheat dust can end up swallowed, and then we both will have our own special gluten exposure symptoms.

Our dogs eat grain free kibble. One dog has to anyway for allergy reasons. But with the dogs eating kibble without gluten ingredients, we are not risking gluten exposure for ourselves from doggy licks, or even just handling the dog food.


Other sources of inhalaled gluten would be...

Grain elevator, or wheat fields being harvested near your home

Horses, bedded on wheat straw. Or feeding the horses any sort of grain mix that has a gluten grain or one of it's byproducts.

Chickens... also frequently bedded on wheat straw as well as fed gluten containing grain.

Pets. Definitely the gerbil food. I Googled gerbil food and I haven't seen anything made without wheat in the first three ingredients. Cats? Rabbits? 

Pets can be managed without gluten, but it takes time and attention.

Also, I think you already have your answer about your daughter's health and processed foods. 

Wow!  Excellent response!  It is great to have a perspective from a rancher.  


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