Welcome to our little group, lizabeth
. The diet is a steep learning curve, but it's pretty easy to do after a while.
For birthday parties, my DD will take her own food. Not only does this mean she has something to eat that she likes, it also means she's less likely to get sick - we rarely trust other people's cooking, plus we've found that even if they've gone to the trouble to make the food gluten free, they stuff it up when they serve the food - ie they have it on the same plate as gluten food!
I tend to stick to little packets - like chips, fruit tails(like a snake lolly), as the packets are another way to help reduce cross contamination. (other kids like to sticky beak at what's in her container.)
I also tend to 'guard' her container if I am with her - as sometimes some 'helpful' people have taken her food out to place with the gluten food.
When I've sent her off without me, I make sure her container is labelled clearly, and also have something like 'Keep separate to avoid cross contamination' and I will chat to the host.
I'm not sure I could help you with creche as my DD was diagnosed at the end of her kinder year, so I was preparing all her food. I'd be meeting with the Director, room leader and chef to discuss it. They need to understand about cross contamination as well as reading labels.
I've learnt to identify who I can trust with cooking for my DD3. Some people I could never trust - because their knowledge and willingness is lacking.
Eg if someone isn't willing to show me the packets of the ingredients - then I won't trust them - if they can't understand the need for me to read and check, then they just 'don't get it'.
If I am discussing the ingredients with someone, and they don't understand some basic products can contain gluten, then I can't trust them. Eg I've asked someone about the ingredients in a soup, and they bluntly replied that it was just soup and that it wouldn't contain gluten - I then mentioned that the stock they used could contain gluten - and they looked at me like I was an idiot - they just believed stock is gluten free, so because they were rude to me (basically I felt like they were laughing at me for asking a stupid question), then I knew I could never trust them, nor educate them.
My DD became more sensitive to gluten as time went by. You'll have to wait and see if it affects her or not. There's an upside of being so sensitive - the child sticks to the diet. ephalant
, if it didn't have:
modified corn starch (wheat)
or 'contains wheat/gluten'
then it should be fine.
I know how hard it is to trust the labelling. I've emailed some manufacturers to query their product labelling - and with the ones that don't get back to me, I assume they've stuffed up.
eg I point out that they have other similar products that mention it's gluten free, so can I assume their other product isn't gluten free as it doesn't have that claim,
some products have 'contains no soy, egg, nuts' - yet there is no obvious gluten or wheat - so I ask if it's gluten free because they don't have that in their statement, which you'd think they would.
Do you remember what product and brand it was? I am sure one of us here could tell you if it's safe or not.