With their abundance of pizza, cake, cookies, or pretzels, birthday parties can leave a gluten-sensitive child feeling left out. Talk to the host ahead of time, and send your child with gluten-free goodies that can be shared or offer to provide safe fare for everyone, including gluten-free pizza, cookies, or cake. (Check out these 20 gluten-free family favorites!) The good news? “Awareness about celiac disease and food allergies is increasing within communities, so it is easier than it used to be to get parents to make adjustments,” Jacques says.