Children & Celiac Disease Part 4: How Celiac Disease May Affect Everyday Activities in the Classroom

Written by Linda Arnold - Edited by Daniel Saraga

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Frequent restroom usage may for children with Celiac disease, especially early on during instances when the chidren accidentally eat contaminated food. The hand-soap in the washroom should be checked for gluten.

Early Childhood and Elementary

Popular brands of crayons, pastes and paints may need to be checked for gluten.

For those with Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin disease caused by an autoimmune reaction to gluten) latex gloves and balloons may also cause a reaction. Substitutions may need to be made for art projects such as using gluten free macaroni for stringing and gluten free cereals, rice, beans, and corn cereals for pasting. For cooking and baking, contact the parents for suitable gluten free recipes.


Laboratory experiments containing gluten should be avoided or at least, allowing children with Celiac disaese to participate by being the recorder/observer.

Off-site field trips

It is important chaperones on off-site field trips are informed of the gluten free needs of children with Celiac disease.

Read Children & Celiac Disease Part 1: Educating Teachers and Caregivers
Read Children & Celiac Disease Part 2: Helping Children Manage a Celiac Disease Diagnosis
Read Children & Celiac Disease Part 3: Eating Gluten Free at School

Reference for this article:
The Canadian Celiac Association
The American Celiac Sprue Association
Moms with kids

Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta