To diminish mishaps, at the start of each school year meet with teachers and principals to educate them about the unique dietary needs of your child. The Celiac Sprue Association (csaceliacs.org) has helpful example letters that you can print and distribute to appropriate school personnel.

Packing a lunch and snacks for your child is safer than relying on school-provided meals. Rice crackers, yogurt, gluten-free fruit bars, and almond butter and jelly smothered on gluten-free wraps are some of Jacques’ son’s faves. Your child will feel more comfortable around their peers if lunch-box contents look similar to conventional options.