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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
Tips making your home a gluten-free environment:
If you are of the latter category, and your kitchen resembles a war zone between the gluten and non-gluten containing foods, here are a few guidelines to help eliminate any cross contamination that may inadvertently be occurring.
There are several ways you can deal with easily contaminated foods such as butter, margarine, cream cheese, peanut butter, jams and jellies, mayonnaise, mustards, etc.
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Besides the kitchen and pantry, there are other places in your home that may contain gluten.
Both prescription and non-prescription medications often contain gluten as one or more of the inactive ingredients. You must make sure that they are gluten-free. It is always a good idea to keep an extra container of gluten-free pain and cough & cold medication on hand. The same methods of inquiry apply to generic brands and name brands. Contact the manufacturer for a gluten-free list.
Prescription Medication Warning: Please note that when a medication is prescribed it is important to have the doctor note the following directly on the actual prescription: Medication must be gluten-free. NO SUBSTITUTIONS unless gluten-free.
Shampoos & Soaps
Gluten is not absorbed through the skin. However, if your child is in the habit of putting his hands and/or hair in his mouth, or likes to play in their bath water, you may want to be sure that these products are gluten-free as well. Unfortunately, wheat germ is a relatively common ingredient in shampoos although, fortunately, not as common in children's shampoo. Please read ingredients before use. If your child develops chicken pox, remember that an oatmeal bath may not be a safe method to soothe his itching.
Toothpaste, Mouthwash & Dental Products
Even though a child is not supposed to swallow these items, small amounts may find their way down their throat. Call to confirm they are gluten-free before using.
Lip Stick & Lip Balm
Lip products (including natural brands) can be made from unsafe ingredients. They must be read carefully before being applied.
Other Rooms in Your Home
Stamps, Envelopes & Stickers - The glue on stamps, envelopes and stickers often contains gluten. Do not allow your child to lick these items. Purchase the self-seal varieties or use a sponge to moisten.
Art Supplies - 'Play-doh is made from wheat flour and should be used only under strict supervision. A safer alternative is to purchase or make your own gluten-free substitute.
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