Back to School In Gluten Free Style Part 1: Lunch

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Making lunches can be stressful enough, making lunches for a child with food allergies even more so. When it comes to lunch, most children have two options:

Buy lunch from school

Bring lunch from home

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Lunch From School

For a child with food allergies the safest option is always going to bring lunch from home, but sometimes it isn’t always possible. Miami-Dade Public Schools has a new function in which you can look up the ingredients of a specific school lunch. While it can be time-consuming, it can also be helpful in determining if lunch that day is acceptable for your child.

For Miami-Dade County the website is HERE. There is also an app available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Other cities should have similar functions on their school websites.

Children who have diagnosed Celiac Disease should also file a 504 plan with their school. More information on what this is and how to file one visit the Celiac Disease Foundation.

Unfortunately, upon review of the daily lunches, unless you have prearranged something with your child’s school, a gluten-free lunch is a rarity.

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Back to School in Gluten-Free Style

Back to School

Back to school is stressful enough, but if your child suffers from a food allergy or intolerance, such as gluten, than it can be even more so.

Parents worry about creating gluten-free lunches, preparing snacks, and how to make their child feel included in school parties and the endless stream of birthday parties. What is a parent to do? In this three part series we will give you practical advice on how to handle:

School Lunches

Snacks & School Parties

Birthday Parties

Join us  of next week as we discuss each topic, give practical advice on how to handle these situations, and prepare your for this Back to School season. There will be a separate post on each topic, complete with downloadable printables! Don’t miss a single part!

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