In my church I teach the 4-5 year old kiddos. One little boy in my class, Charlie, has been suffering from severe eczema, or so his parents thought that’s what it was. I was talking to his mom not too long ago and it turns out they are now going with the diagnosis of CELIAC DISEASE [aka Gluten intolerance; Gluten-sensitive enteropathy].
What is Celiac Disease? By definition, it is:
“an inherited, autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.”1
Besides the lining of the small intestine being damaged, other problems associated with celica disease include:
dermatitis herpetiformis (a variant of celiac disease that involves the skin)
muscle and joint pain
and other autoimmune diseases, such as thyroiditis and type 1 diabetes.2
In Charlie’s case, the most prevalent sign (to me) of this disease is in the form of “dermatitis herpetiformis”.
It is an extremely itchy rash made of bumps and & sometimes blisters. Because of this, he itches and scratches a lot and in turn, his poor little face gets pretty beat up.
So, Charlie has to eat a GLUTEN-FREE diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye & oats, the grains he has to avoid eating!
As their teacher, I have been really watching what I bring these little kids for snacks - 1) because I want to keep it healthy & 2) because Charlie diet is limited.
So today, for their VALENTINES treat, I made MUDDY BUDDIES (aka puppy chow)!
The best part about Muddy Buddies (besides being absolutely delicious) is that almost all the Chex cereal is gluten-free!
Although this isn’t the healthiest treat (it’s v-day, come on!), it is perfect for the Gluten intolerant diet!