Celiac disease may develop any time after wheat or other gluten containing foods are introduced into the diet, typically after 6-9 months of age. It is unknown why some children become ill early in life and others fall ill only after years of exposure.
Back-to-School and the 504 Plan
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 promises equal opportunity for Americans with disabilities. It guarantees full accommodation in federally funded programs and services. You can file a 504 Plan for accommodations for your child’s gluten intolerance at public school.
Are you in elementary, middle, high school or college? Do you want to raise awareness of celiac disease at your school and in your local community? The Celiac Disease Foundation Student Ambassador Program is for you! The Student Ambassador Program helps children, teens and young adults become role models for others with celiac disease while raising awareness in the community and educating their peers.
Gluten-Free Camp Scholarships
At celiac camp, your child will experience camp fun and make new friends while enjoying safe and delicious gluten-free food without fear of getting sick. Generation GF, a program of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), provides scholarship opportunities to help families send their kids to camps that accommodate children with special dietary needs in hopes of creating lifelong memories.
CDF dietitian Janelle Smith, MS, RD provides a 7 day pediatric meal plan of nutritious and delicious, kid-friendly breakfasts, lunches and dinners, plus easy after-school snacks to make your days happier and healthier.
Because sometimes you just need something sweet, we provide you with latest gluten-free list of U.S. candies. Please continue to check the ingredients list when purchasing, as ingredients and formulas can change.
The CDF Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace showcases kid-friendly products and services from companies that care about the gluten-free and allergy-free community. You can browse by dietary preferences, and view product pictures, ingredients, and nutrition facts to create your shopping list. You can also purchase specially designated products directly from Amazon.
CDF dietitian, Janelle Smith, MS, RD, specializes in gastrointestinal symptom management through appropriate nutrition and food choices, helping you and your child adapt to living on a gluten-free diet.