As we know, celiacs encounter a large number of gastronomic limitations away from home. For this reason, planning family vacations does not only involve thinking about free time, friends and outings because many times these are more of a concern than a moment of relaxation.
Strict adherence to the Gluten Free Diet for children can find certain obstacles during the summer season. Parents of celiac children are often unwilling to go to restaurants or hotels, since the fact of having to eat outside the home creates fear and uncertainty. Good weather, a greater number of plans or leisure trips are situations that can lead our children to inadvertently commit transgressions in their diet. Because of this, it is very important to follow certain recommendations when planning vacations or taking a trip with our celiac child.
Tips for traveling with celiac children:
- Document yourself about your destination options. It is important to investigate if there are restaurants or shops that sell gluten-free products near the vacation rental. To do this, you can do a search on the Internet or directly contact an association located in the country you are traveling to. Likewise, it is recommended that when going to a restaurant first of all indicate that your child is celiac and explain what he can and cannot drink.
- It is advisable to carry a medical certificate of our child’s Celiac Disease in the language of the country of destination.
- Prepare a celiac kit with fruits and snacks for your little one. This way, when you get hungry, you can provide completely gluten-free products.
- Finally, if the language of the country we are traveling to is different from ours, it is advisable to learn vocabulary on the subject. Thus, if we have to interact with people so that they understand the situation of our celiac child, you will know how to express yourself in the language.
With all these tips, you are ready to prepare your gluten-free vacation!