I don't wish Celiac disease or any extreme food allergies on anyone, especially children. All this year when Drama Queen comes home from school I worry about Mischief going to school....sure she can take lunch with her, but she will have to take a place mat or something of the sort as well because her table will be gluten-ladden, even if they wash it, that cloth will have been going in and out of gluten filled water. Not to mention the temptation of someone giving her something she shouldn't have. The trouble is that she's going to have to learn to wash her hands in an OCD like way. Why? Because the teachers and classmates will eat their gluten-y food and then have gluten all over their hands. She goes to play on the playground, and there will be transfer from any equipment. Holding hands with a friend. Opening the door to the bathroom. Passing papers.
Sure there will be the obvious gluten dangers: candy given as rewards - some artificial flavorings and colorings are laced with wheat, one of the main ingredients in licorice is wheat flour. Classmate's birthdays? I'll have to get a list at the beginning of the school year so I can have a treat ready for her so she's not left out when her classmate's moms bring in cupcakes. If only everyone had summer birthdays like my girls do. Class parties? I will have to be room mom, or train the room mom in cross contamination. For 100 day today they made froot loop necklaces. Ya.....not a good activity for Mischief. She will have to wash her hands after using the pencil sharpener. After being given a paper. After stacking chairs. After reading a book. because this child's fingers just naturally gravitate to her mouth. This is why we've had to go to a completely gluten free house. Eating dinner? Sure I can make her and Sunshine their food first and get them all set and uncontaminated. But if they need help with anything during the meal, Mr. Man and I had to wash our hands before doing anything. It was hard to remember sometimes like when you're refilling your glass and one asks for more drink too, you just grab their cup, and have now cross contaminated it.
It would almost be easier to homeschool her than to send her to school. Either way, it's going to be alot of work.