Resources for Children & Their Parents
Growing Up Celiac
A diagnosis of celiac disease or a gluten-related disorder can be overwhelming at first. For children, it might mean a change to their diet and having to enjoy different snacks and treats than the ones they might be used to having. They or their caregiver will need to carefully check labels for sources of gluten. Chocolates, sauces and treats often contain wheat but there are many that are safe to consume. It’s just takes some time, knowledge and a bit of practice.
It’s important for the child along with the parents to learn to read labels and advocate for themselves.
Let’s get you some help!
CCA has developed a 20-page easy to read resource from the CCA, now available in French, written especially for parents who have children with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. It contains information about the disease, tips from fellow parents, nutrition and other resources, recipes, and of course GF lunch and snack ideas.
Check out our short videos below featuring parents and children. Watch them with your child together.!
Courtesy of Glutino and The Beutel Goodman Foundation.
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- Teacher Brochure: Start your school year off right by providing this handy fact sheet for teachers: Click here to download.
- Teacher Letter : Another handy resource to provide to your child’s teachers. Click here to download.
- Summer or Day Camp: Your child is heading off to summer camp. Download and customize to provide for them. Click here.
Canadian Families Share their Tips – Videos
Three Canadian families share their coping strategies and navigating day to day life inside and outside the home.
Parent to Parent – You got this!
“Instead of focusing on substitutes, we are trying to stay with foods that naturally don’t contain gluten, and it’s easy to make up a meal of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, dairy, eggs, beans, etc. The only tricky situations are the unexpected ones – when you’re out and all of a sudden, all the kids are being offered a treat that is not gluten-free. We try to keep a treat in our car/bags so that we are prepared for these situations. But our daughter understands and trusts that if we don’t have an alternative right away, we will make it up to her as soon as possible. “ – Tiffault Family
“When we first heard we thought it would be extremely hard to manage as we were big bread eaters and generally interested in eating all kinds of different foods. However, after the first few months, we were much more relaxed about it. It just takes time to get to know the foods/products you can eat and time to get into a rhythm around making lunches, handling social occasions and things. We are lucky to live in a moment where there is lots of awareness about gluten-free diets – there are a lot of products to eat and many restaurants in big cities are familiar with gluten free diets/cross-contamination.” – Kate B.
“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it. Life is all about how you handle plan B. Surround yourself with people who get it (or want to get it). Your attitude determines your direction. When you replace, “Why is happening to me?”, with “What is this trying to teach me?” Everything shifts.” Julie W.
We are grateful for the support of CCA Gold Partner Udi’s Gluten Free, Beutel Goodman Foundation and the CCA Nova Scotia Chapter for their generous support. Many thanks to the families for sharing their tips and time!