Celiac disease: Tips to maintain the gluten-free diet

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Children with celiac disease must follow a strict gluten-free diet. This article contains tips to help your child maintain their special diet.

Key points

  • Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which any contact with gluten (a family of food proteins) triggers a reaction from the body’s defense (immune) system.
  • Gluten is found in rye, barley, triticale and all forms of wheat.
  • The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. The gluten-free diet will help heal the gut, improve symptoms that may have been present, and keep your child healthy.
  • To maintain a strict gluten-free diet, you should avoid cross-contamination (gluten transferred from one food or object to a gluten-free food or object) at home and outside your home.
  • When eating out, make sure everyone understands that your child’s gluten-free diet is the only medical treatment for celiac disease.

Last updated: February 6th 2017