Adapting a gluten-free diet helps the intestine reduce inflammation and heal. Symptoms lessen and eventually may disappear. This change happens in only a few weeks for children, but may take years in adults due to more extensive intestinal damage. Avoiding treatment may be dangerous because more serious health conditions can develop over time .
It can be challenging for parents with children that have a gluten sensitivity, allergy or Celiac Disease to think of healthy gluten-free lunch and snack options. Just because something in the supermarket is labeled “Gluten-free” does not mean it is healthy for your child. To help ease the burden, here are some ideas:
- Wrap sandwiches made with corn tortillas
- Brown rice pasta with meat sauce
- Deli sandwich or peanut butter and jelly on gluten-free bread like Rudi's
- Homemade soups packed in a heated container