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November 10, 2013

Tips for Maintaining a Gluten-Free Diet During the School Year

By Brent Westra

Julie Buchholtz, a registered dietitian in pediatrics at Mayo Clinic, discusses tips for helping children maintain their gluten-free diet during the school year.

Among a few of the tips mentioned are:

  • Meet with your child's teacher, coach, or any other school staff they regularly interacts with, and talk to them about your child's dietary needs.
  • Meet with the school's food service supervisor or dietitian to get a better understanding of what foods are available in the school system and help plan for those meals.
  • Create a 504 plan that outlines your child's need to be on a gluten-free diet to help schools accommodate your child's gluten-free diet as best they can.
  • Provide your child's teacher with gluten-free treats so that they may also partake in birthday celebrations or other special events without feeling left out.
  • Play-Doh, paper mâché, and clay may contain gluten, so make sure your child knows to wash their hands afterward so that they don't contaminate their meals.

For more information on celiac disease, visit: mayoclinic.org/celiac-disease

Tags: Julie Buchholtz, Tips from Clinicians


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