A whole new set of challenges await gluten-free first-time college students, particularly if they live in a dorm. Encourage your college students to establish a friendly relationship with the campus food-service managers. Give them the tools to educate college staff that avoiding gluten is not a diet choice, but a health necessity. Your college student might consider becoming a “gluten-free ambassador” to campaign for the food needs of the gluten-free student body.

During the first days in the new location, help your student locate stores that carry gluten-free options and stock up on healthy gluten-free snacks. Many stores offer lists of gluten-free foods they have available. If possible, make sure your child’s living area has a kitchen with a microwave, stove, and fridge. This way she can fuel her body and brain with safe meals when ready-made options aren’t available.