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Gluten-Free Kids

How can you help your gluten-free child feel comfortable at at birthday parties, play dates, sleepovers? What can you make for breakfast or send along for lunch at school? And can you be sure your teenager is following the gluten-free diet? Here are some guidelines, tips and resources for gluten-free kids and their parents.
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  2. Age: School Age (19)
  3. Age: Young Adult (14)
  4. College Food Service Survey (26)
  5. Medical Issues (8)

School Issues for Children and Teens with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance
Children and teenagers with celiac disease and gluten intolerance face multiple issues during their school years. Here's what to expect and tips to cope.

Gluten-Free Kids' Meals
Here’s a collection of kid-friendly gluten-free supper recipes -- not just for the little ones but also for any grown-up kid who's looking for gluten-free comfort food.

Can You Outgrow Celiac Disease?
You can't "outgrow" celiac disease - even though doctors once thought you could.

Halloween Doesn't Have To Be Scary If You're Gluten-Free!
Halloween can frighten the parents of gluten-free children - and for good reason! Here are resources that can help you find gluten-free candy, host parties, and generally make Halloween fun for gluten-free children and adults alike.

Gluten-Free Diets and Autism
Some autism experts believe that autism is caused, at least in part, by chemical by-products of gluten and cassein (found in dairy products).

Build a Gluten-Free Gingerbread House
Are there celiac children in your family? Here's something they will always remember: a gluten-free gingerbread house.

Host a Gluten-Free Cupcake Party and Raise Money for Research
Throw a gluten-free cupcake party, to increase awareness about celiac disease, raise money for research, and show that gluten-free baked goods can be tasty!

Halloween Candies, 2008
These candy manufacturers have published lists of their gluten-free candies, as of September 2008.

CEL-KIDS Listserv and Archives
CEL-KIDS is an open, moderated discussion list for those interested in the specific aspects of Celiac Disease (Coeliac Sprue), dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten intolerance, wheat allergy, as applicable to celiac children and their parents.

Raising Our Celiac Kids (R.O.C.K.)
A national group with more than 65 chapters, Raising Our Celiac Kids offers free support to families and friends of kids with celiac disease. R.O.C.K. helps with "fun" gluten-free treats; menu ideas for school lunches and sports snacks; preparing for unexpected birthday parties and food-oriented activities at school; the psychological impact of growing up with celiac disease, and more.

Kids' Corner at The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
Web pages from Columbia University's famous Celiac Disease Center focus on issues for kids and parents, with topics including "Help for Parents," "Help for Teachers," "Kids Speak Out," "Favorite Foods and Recipes," and "Party Planning."

More Kid-Friendly Recipes
From KidsHealth.org, a site with recipes for kids with various food allergies and intolerances, comes this assortment of kid-friendly gluten-free recipes.

Gluten-Free This Halloween? Five Tips To Enjoy the Holiday
Halloween can pose some challenges for kids with celiac disease especially newly-diagnosed kids. Like many other holidays, it's almost...

Creating A 504 Plan For Your Gluten-Free Child
A 504 plan can help protect your school-aged child from gluten exposure at school, either in the classroom or in the cafeteria. It also can help if you want your gluten-free child to eat school-prepared food.

Working with the School So Your Gluten-Free Child Can Eat Cafeteria Lunches
Getting a prepared gluten-free cafeteria lunch for your gluten-free child is possible, but be prepared to work for it.

Gluten-Free S'mores
There's nothing like s'mores when you're cooking out or camping, but can you make them gluten-free? Sure you can -- here's how.

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