Gluten allergy cases are becoming more widespread as doctors and the general public become more aware of the signs and symptoms of gluten allergies and intolerances. Kids that are gluten intolerant may become lethargic, develop rashes, have mood swings, and have digestive issues. Unfortunately, removing gluten from children’s diets can be difficult. The following are a few tips for avoiding gluten while not making the kids feel deprived.
Avoid Fast Food
Fast food often comes encased in a gluten-filled wrap, bun, on a flatbread or crust. Gluten is often hidden in fast food items such as French fries, chicken, and sides, as well. To be safe and healthy, it is best to avoid fast food altogether. If your gluten intolerant child does have to eat fast food however, ask managers about gluten free options.
In recent years, a number of grocery stores and especially health food stores have begun to cater to gluten free living. Options such as gluten-free pasta, gluten-free bread, and even gluten-free cake and treats are now easier to find than ever before. These options can make it easier to cater to children with gluten allergies or intolerances, but shouldn’t be relied upon as staples of the diet. Meats, vegetables, and fruits are healthier options, so these should form the basis of the diet.
Emphasize What Kids Can Eat
Children with gluten intolerances will unfortunately have to deal with feeling left out of some occasions, such as when siblings or classmates have cupcakes or birthday cakes. While these situations may not be completely avoidable, you can always avoid making children feel left out in their own home by emphasizing what they can eat instead of what they can’t. Instead of making “special” meals for them, make gluten-free family dinners that everyone can enjoy. Stock the house with plenty of tasty, healthy, gluten-free options so that they don’t have to think about their issue every time they get a snack.