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dandelionmom

I Can't Figure Out How She Got Gluten

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What do you do when you can't pin point the problem?

If you were eating out at all, figure out where you went and maybe not go there again. All it takes is for someone not to wash hands thoroughly and that's it. Otherwise, help her through her reaction, do what you can to relieve her symptoms and move on. There will be wonderful, positive experiences along the way, and more than likely, unless you are in 100% control (like NEVER eating out again--which is unlikely and unrealistic) it is likely to happen again.

I feel your pain!

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My daughter has celiac and we hesitate to eat out with her very often but, of course, there are times when you have no choice. I find that the only way, in most cases, my daughter won't consume gluten in a restraunt is to always ask for the manager. Explain every little detail about what has to happen in order for your daughter to not get a cross contamination from others preparing her food. They need to wash their hands, prepare the food on a serface that has not had bread of any kind on it, put gloves on, and also make sure you know if there are any hidden gluten in what is being prepared. If you have to even ask for the chef because the wait staff really most of the time look at you like you are nuts and think you are being a huge inconvienence. But it is better to be an inconvienence than to have your daughter get sick. There have been occasions when we have ordered chicken and relized that the chicken had been marinated in a sauce that had gluten in it prior to them cooking the chicken. Carmel color and modified food startch are the biggest hidden ingridents to look out for. They are in so many things that you wouldn't think that they would be in. And our rule of thumb is if we are not 100% sure of the ingrediants or how it will be prepared our daughter can not have it, no matter what.

Hoped that helped.

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