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3 Year Old Son... Feed Him? Symptoms

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Look around on the parents of kids thread. We have lots of discussions of gluten-free "kid" food. maybe use the google search at the top right corner if there is something specific. Just check the dates on the posts as the ingredients from 5 years ago may be different now.

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With my daughter, I've found it's helpful to make gluten-free food look pretty. For a lunch snack, try making an "appetizer" platter with a ring of gluten-free rice crackers around the outside, lunch meat cut into squares (Hormel has a number of gluten-free choices) lined up next to that ring, and cheese slices in the middle. You can do the same with apple slices, cheese, and a pretty bowl of raisins. When kids are young, appearance is everything.

Another trick is to cut peanut-butter-and-jelly gluten-free sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters.

Baked potatoes look yummier if mommy makes it fluffy inside (like those fancy pictures you see in ads on TV). Then let him add his favorite toppings: grated cheese, sour cream, gluten-free Hormel ham diced up, etc...

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For my picky 3 yr old, he eats tons of "Sticks and Twigs" by Mary's Gone Crackers. She makes a lot of gluten free crackers that don't have yeast in them, which is bad for kids with ASD (which my son has) and ASD related-conditions. (Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Also, since he has major 'textural issues', we make "shakes" in the blender with raw almond butter, unsweetened rice milk and sheep's milk yogurt.

(We have him on a Gluten-free Casein-free diet - gluten free, casein or dairy free.)

also, I juice vegetables for him like cucumbers w/ lemon (minus the rind), kale, broccoli, peppers, you name it. all organic, or else tastes horrible. you can also do any fruits if not trying to rid your child's system of yeast..

my other son is not picky and he eats brown rice, potatoes baked in the micro, baked chicken, brown rice pasta w/ homemade sauce (he reacts to some of the sugar or whatever they put in the jarred sauce), lots of fruits and steamed veggies. (He is 1.) Also, quinoa with herbs, lots of eggs for breakfast, brown rice cereal w/ rice milk for b-fast, too, sheep's milk yogurt, a little fish..

All this, you can find @ a good health food store. :) best of luck to you!

Also, if you're interested in reading up on celiac: Elizabeth Hasselbeck's book, The gluten-free Diet is good. Also Dangerous Grains by Dr. James Braly is one I'm just starting. These will help you understand the symptoms of celiac. And you don't have to have symptoms to have celiac...

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