PARENTS in Mid-Ulster whose children require gluten free meals must make the arrangement through their primary schools.
The number of children who require a gluten free meal are not recorded by either the Southern Education and Library Board or the North-Eastern Education and Library Board.
If a child has coeliac disease, their immune system will react to gluten and this can lead to damage to the lining of their gut. This causes symptoms of coeliac disease, including bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, tiredness and headaches. This only happens if gluten is eaten, and by avoiding all gluten, their gut can heal and symptoms should improve.
A gluten-free diet is the only treatment for coeliac disease.
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