How to put your autistic toddler on a gluten-free diet?
Are you thinking of starting your autistic preschooler on a gluten-free diet?
If so, in this blog I’m going to give you a few tips about getting started down the gluten-free path.
What is gluten?
One thing to remember is that gluten finds its way into a lot of different foods.
You will be amazed at how gluten sneaks its way into your child’s diet.
I want to caution you on one thing, everything that is gluten-free with the label is not healthy.
Another thing to keep in mind is that just because something is gluten-free doesn’t mean that it is free of sugar, preservative, artificial ingredients, which are the main ingredients that our children are reacting to.
Why is it important to remove gluten?
Gluten is very inflammatory to our autistic children.
It is very disruptive to their guts and brains and is very hard for them to digest.
Removing gluten is an important first step to helping your child have a better quality of life.
I would like to hear from you in the comments. Have you started your child on a gluten-free diet? If so, what benefits have you seen already?
I want to talk a little bit about the products that you will find gluten in the most. I know many of you might struggle at the beginning because you might not be familiar with what gluten is in.
Here are a few products that commonly contain gluten:
It is important to just read your labels when you switch to a gluten-free diet because gluten can sneak into a lot of different products without you being aware.
How can you get started on a gluten-free diet for your child?
The first thing I normally recommend is that you evaluate what your child is currently eating and see if those products already have gluten in them.
Start with breakfast.
If your child is eating cereal, check to see if it is a cereal with gluten?
If so, then you know you need to start refining and find another alternative to breakfast cereal.
Same with bread, crackers, or any other products that might contain gluten in which you are feeding your child.
After you evaluate, then you will know which products you can substitute for a gluten-free product.
I want to remind you that this diet can take some time to see the actual benefit.
Don’t expect to see benefits in one day; one week, it takes time for the gluten to work its way out of your child’s body.
I believe implementing a gluten-free diet for your autistic child is a great first step to helping them gain a better quality of life.
I have created a free pdf that includes several snack recipes that you can implement into your child’s diet. You can download that by clicking on the link here.