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Special Precautions

Teen patients at CHOP talk about special precautions they use at school and with friends to ensure they remain gluten-free

Helen“I don’t eat school lunch. It’s just safer to pack my own food because I don’t know how they produce the food at school or if anything touched gluten. When I go to friends’ houses, I make sure to use clean utensils and stuff like that. I’m just a lot more cautious about what I eat and where it was prepared.”

— Helen, 16

 

Pierson“Be careful what’s in your food. Make sure you know the ingredients of what you are eating. I find I’m eating a lot more fruits and vegetables, and not as many grains. There are some decent gluten-free products like English muffins and waffles, but it’s hard to find things I really like. Since I’ve started the gluten-free diet, I feel a lot better. I don’t have stomach or related issues and don’t miss as much school.”

— Pierson, 16

 

Joan“You can sit around other kids who are eating gluten, but you want to make sure that you don’t use the same utensil or somebody’s napkin or plate. And whatever you do, make sure your foods don’t touch at all. Even the smallest cross-contamination can make me sick.”

— Joan, 14

 

Reviewed by: Center for Celiac Disease
Date: February 2013

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