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abigail

G;uten In Swimming Pools , Playgrounds, The Ocean?

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hi! maybe somebody can help me whit this one, I may sound too paranoic, but what if you are in the playgroun and the oter child start playing with a cookie on his hand, and then your child (who has celiac disease) goes and touch THAT swing after!!

or if you go to a Large swimming pool and the kid who just finish his HOt dog, also start swimming, of course whit no washing his hands before!

or Even at the beach , where evrebody wash his hands there when the faucet its too far!!!!!!!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT???

so far my child has a pretty "normal" life, but i cant stop wonder those things...

thanks for share with me, Abi


Abigail, mom of Brian (36 months and Celiac since oct 2006), and Alan (9 month and Didnt try any gluten yet...)

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I don't worry about the ocean, the parts per million would likely be too low to harm a Celiac. After my daughter plays on the playground I immediately wipe her hands thoroughly with two wet ones. Then, as soon as we get home, she has to wash her hands. I don't worry too much about the swimming pool either. I've never gotten sick from swimming, even at a pool with a poolside bar (with drunk people drinking and spilling beer in the pool). I would think that in a pool the ppm would be horribly low.


~Angie~

Gluten free since May 2004

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you are right---it probably is a bit too paranoid!!LOL!!


Christine

15 year old twins with celiac, diagnosed dec. 2005

11 year old daughter with celiac diagnosed dec 2005

17 year old son with celiac gene

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I would think (not sure though) that with all the chemicals that are in public pools it is highly unlikely. From my own personal experience I have never had a problem.


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Abigail, I really don't think your playground concern is too paranoid. There have been many reports of shared phones/computers causing glutenings. I myself have gotten glutened from things far stranger than a playground swing. I would definitely have your child wash his hands or wipe them thoroughly with wet ones. I'd rather be a little "paranoid" than risk a glutening.


~Angie~

Gluten free since May 2004

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I would say since your child does not have an anaphylactic (immediate and potentailly deadly) reaction to gluten don't get too paranoid. So set up strick rules. Wash hands after going to a playground. Depending on age - nothing in the mouth unless from parents and hands are clean. Eat and drink only from clean surfaces....

Celiacs doesn't mean kids can't touch anything public, so keep it all in moderation until reactions force you to make changes. Even my anaphylactic nut allergy child goes to playgrounds and runs with the rest of the kids, we worry, but she is not contact sensitive and we always have medicine and take preventive measures.

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I agree with the other posters you are being too paranoid!

I personally believe keeping a child completely away (separate) from gluten is not going to teach them anything. So places like pools, beaches, and playgrounds can and should be used for teaching purposes.

Just point out that someone just ate something with gluten in it and remind your child to be careful.

I've been doing this from the beginning (my daughter was 18 months old when diagnosed) now she proclaimers every where we go "That has gluten in it" when she sees something I have talked to her about. You can ask her what happens if she eat gluten and she says "My tummy hurts"

Really these are the lessons we need to teach our kid.... that way later in life they are prepared for the real world... where there is always going to be a risk for glutenings.

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I think that life offers risks to all of us, on many different levels. Teaching your kids about every day practices (hand washing, no putting your fingers in your mouth, etc.) is great... but there is such a thing as being to worried about it.


Ev in Michigan

GFDF since 8/20/05

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