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Hi, my 4 year old was recently diagnosed with celiac. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with daycare? We've talked to them, they're going to work with us, etc.. However, it seems nothing on the menu is safe for her. Any tips for substitutions to simplify vs. bringing so much "safe" food?

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Hi, my 4 year old was recently diagnosed with celiac. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with daycare? We've talked to them, they're going to work with us, etc.. However, it seems nothing on the menu is safe for her. Any tips for substitutions to simplify vs. bringing so much "safe" food?

Hi, there are older posts on daycare...just google it and preschool in the box above. I used to have a daycare, 10 yrs ago. We never had any gluten-free kids. There is a recipe for gluten-free play dough somewhere too...sorry, I didn't save it (google it).

duh...I did save it...under daycare stuff! (I want to have one again). I haven't tried this recipe:

http://www.vydor.net/playdough.html

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Hi, my 4 year old was recently diagnosed with celiac. Does anyone have any tips for dealing with daycare? We've talked to them, they're going to work with us, etc.. However, it seems nothing on the menu is safe for her. Any tips for substitutions to simplify vs. bringing so much "safe" food?

My 19 month old was recently diagnosed with Celiacs as well. Our daycare has been very nice but I do pack his lunch every day. One problem I have with asking them to change how they do things is one it is much more expensive and I also don't want to risk him getting sick again. I usually just pack the "main" item and then he eats whatever veggie, fruit and other safe things that they are serving. What I have found with our daycare is that they do have lots of things on there menu that could easily be gluten free but they buy the "kroger" brand of stuff. I am having a hard time finding definite answers of weather or not some things are "safe" for him to eat. I brought him his own salad dressing and ketchup for daycare and he has his own spot in the fridge so I can easily look and see if he needs snacks etc... It would be nice to have them "change" for us but the way I look at it this will be a problem we will face when he gets in school or starts staying over at friends house. Might as well make a habit of it while they are young. I just make extra food for dinner and either freeze it or pack it the next day for his lunch. My son loves sloppy joe meat and really could eat it everyday. So we always have that in the fridge or freezer for him :) I also sent some frozen things for them to have on hand just incase he won't eat what I sent.

I hope things get easier for you. It has for me. I just try not to think about all the stuff he can't eat or is "missing out" on and I have found some really great recipies so we all can eat good gluten free meals. Good luck!!

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I supply all of my ds's foods-he's 4. The only thing he eats there is fresh cut fruit/veggies for snack because I supplied them with a cutting board that is ONLY to be used with fruits and veggies b/c he was getting glutened from the sliced apples that were cut on the same cutting board that was used to cut the bagels. Even though it had been run thru the sanitizer, it can't get everything out of the cut marks.

I was supplying snacks and bringing a just a main dish while allowing him to eat the school's fruits and veggies at lunch, which are safe, UNTIL, the other kids dish themselves, touch their plates with the serving spoon, accidently hit their sandwich or pasta, etc.... CC all over the place. I also have them scrubbing each child's hands before they are allowed to leave the dining area to go back to the toys so that the toys aren't getting CC'd from their hands and fingernails. They only buy gluten-free supplies for his classroom~playdough, craft noodles, paints, etc... and they banned cake/cupcakes for birthdays because the crumbs from those gross dry store bakery cakes would end up all over the floor and the kids' shoes.

I spend as much time as I can in the classroom watching for random things I've never thought of before. I'm lucky though, his daycare/preschool is at my workplace.

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