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    Reason For Gluten Free School Supplies

    I can not stress enough the importance of educating and communicating this critical issue to the school staff. Most staff members are familiar with peanut allergies;however, there is a lack of understanding about celiac and wheat/gluten allergies. Cross-contamination is a major concern in the classroom. I was fortunate that my son's kindergarten teacher made play dough with the gluten-free recipe that I gave her. However, this year I will need to provide play-dough for my son. I meet with the teacher(s) and review the school supplies that they use. I also explain the symptoms and problems that ingesting gluten may cause. Here is a list of gluten-free school supplies for your reference. It is always important to check with manufacturers since sometimes they change vendors/suppliers and ingredients: Gluten Free School Supplies: Chalk, Crayons, Markers, and Pencils Crayola (all products gluten free other than Crayola Dough) Crayola Crayons (all kinds) Crayola Anti-dust Chalk Sticks Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils Crayola Fabric Markers Crayola Markers (all kinds) Crayola Pencils (all kinds) Crayola Pip-Squeaks Crayola Pip-Squeaks Skinnies Markers Crayola Washable Markers (all kinds) Prang (all pencils, crayons) RoseArt RoseArt Crayons (all kinds) RoseArt Chalk RoseArt Markers (all kinds) Sanford / Mr. Sketch Scented Markers Sanford / Mr. Sketch Watercolor Markers Dough, Play Foam, and Modeling Clay: Colorations Wheat & Gluten-Free Dough (Discount School Supply) Crayola Model Magic (clay
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    Rant About Kids At School

    I understand your frustration, it is obvious that part of the issue is unawareness about celiac disease as well as food allergies in general. It is easy to say, but we need to be very patient... I would like to suggest sharing with school members information on celiac and how critical is for anyone with this condition to adhere to a gluten-free diet. The school should also participate in this education effort, otherwise you will be constantly arguing with kids and adults. Comunication and education are very important.... Good Luck!
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    Failure To Thrive In Todler With Celiac

    I am glad to hear that your daugther is healthy and doing well... Great news! How difficult is to deal with her diet at school???
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    Failure To Thrive In Todler With Celiac

    Dear all, Thank you for your comments and feedback!...I will be asking his DR. about Pediasure or something similar, It is my understanding that it does contain dairy but I will confirm that... Perhaps his Dr. would like to do a "food challenge" Very interesting the comment on "Playdough", I was not aware that it contains gluten too... Is the "crayola brand" gluten free??? My husband suffered this disease for 42 years, he did not know he had celiac until my son was diagnosed!! then he tested positive too --Now he is following the same gluten-free diet and feeling great!
  5. My son was diagnosed with Celiac disease at age 2. He is 30 months old now, and his is at the five percentile for height and 10% for weight. Most gluten free products are "Fat-Free", he is also restricted from dairy, eggs and peanuts. His Dr. believes the problem is his "fat=free" diet...I do not know what else to do. My son has an appt. with a nutritionist in December!! Any ideas??