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toddzgrrl02

Glutened Issues

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Well, not so much issues per say, but my stepdaughter is finally here and I know I glutened her, but she has had no reaction to it. I am thankful she didn't, but I am wondering at the levels of being glutened and how severe reactions can be. She has also been eating TB tacos regularly which are apparently something that could have gluten in them or do have gluten in them and the only thing she has said is that her stomach has hurt a little afterwards but she thought that was from eating too much. The only severe reaction she has had was from eating an apple from a cafeteria style place and she says she was sick for several days. So I am at a loss as to know when she has been glutened and I feel like the cross contamination thing is something I am very unsure of. After all, why would an apple make her so sick but she ate the tacos and just had the feeling of eating too much and I know I glutened her by handling regular pasta and then touching her's to break it before cooking and she had absolutely no reaction to that. I thought it would be more evident if she was glutened and it isn't and what she is reacting to are not the things I would think would affect her, so I am confused. This is definately a learning process considering she is only with us a month and a half over the summer and maybe 1-2 weeks over winter break (if that). I think we are doing good so far at coming up with meals that we can all eat with minor tweaking, but remembering to wash hands after touching a gluten food before touching a gluten-free food is new. Using separate cooking utensils and stuff has been no problem. We even bought new rubbermaid containers for gluten-free food leftovers to make sure she isn't subjected to cross contamination from our old containers who have had all kinds of food in them, but I didn't have the new one's the first night and had to use the old and unknown to me (I was at work) she ate leftovers out of the old containers and was fine also... so yeah, the contamination thing is odd to me. I guess I should count myself lucky she has such mild symptons... but even before the diet, she really didn't have that big of a problem. Occasionally after meals she would "gag"... it was like she thought she was going to throw up but nothing came up, or she thought she had to go to the bathroom but couldn't... so she had stomach cramping, and I assume all that has gotten better, but I kind of expected those types of reactions to her being glutened.

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My son doesn't really have outward symptoms either. He had leg cramps before dx and they have gone away with the gluten free diet. Now if he has leg cramps I assume he has been contaminated. When your stepdaughter stays with you could you all eat gluten free? That way there is no issue of cross contamination. My entire family is gluten free even though it's just my son with Celiac. It's much easier to only cook one meal and I don't have to worry about contamination.

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Perhaps the apple was not the source of her pain. It could have been a delayed reaction to something she had eaten earlier. Taco Bell is definitely a no-no. If she loves them that much, she may not want to admit they are a problem.

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