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Tips for Celiac Newbies

Pediatric patients at CHOP share what advice they’d give to other children recently diagnosed with celiac disease

Pierson“Don’t be afraid to tell people about celiac disease. It’s not something to be ashamed of. It’s just the way you are. I’m a lot more careful about what I eat and where I eat now, so I don’t feel sick.”

— Pierson, 16


Sydney“Be careful of what you eat. Get your mom and dad to help you.”

— Sydney, 5


Joan“I would recommend getting some of the better gluten-free recipes such as the Betty Crocker ones, which are really good. There’s actually a lot more food options than you would think are out there. They just came out with gluten-free Rice Krispies that taste just like regular Rice Krispies and are really good. And most of the Chex cereals are gluten-free and really good too.

“But you also need to be really careful because the simplest things that you would never expect to have gluten in them will have traces of it. Like chicken broth or chips. It’s everywhere.”

— Joan, 14


Helen“It’s worth it to stick to the diet. It will make you feel so much better. Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease I had a lot of stomach aches. Now that I’m eating only gluten-free food, I don’t have that anymore.”

— Helen, 16


allison“Giant is a good place to shop for gluten-free food. Some stuff that I really liked to eat, I can’t have anymore. I can’t have vanilla wafers  that I used to love  anymore. But I can have gluten-free lemon vanilla wafers. They taste good and I don’t get sick afterwards.”

— Allison, 8


Taylor“There are many options for foods. Try whatever looks interesting but make sure you check the ingredients.”

— Taylor, 13


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Center for Celiac Disease
Date: February 2013

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