In order to answer many questions about how to help a celiac children, how to treat you, what should and can eat, the city of Santander promotes the creation of a guide that will be distributed in schools.
Thus, The celiac child at school is the name of the guide to the city of Santander has subsidize with 1,900 euros and will be distributed mainly in schools in the municipality.
The guide is the work of the Celiac Association in Madrid, which has ceded its rights to the Celiac Association Cantabria (ACEC) for editing, and was presented by the councilors and Family Welfare, Isabel Gomez-Barreda, and Health, Carmen Martin, as well as the president of the regional grouping of celiac, Richard Stamper.
The aim of this practical celiac children guide, said Stamper, -is both disease-socialize in Cantabria can be about 5,000 people-, “helping parents on issues such as school choice, which is not easy because it should be noted the cafeteria menu, among other things. Making sure that children have a gluten-free diet ’causes concern to parents and raises practical difficulties, “he said.
Acecad President said that the best way to address these issues is through information and awareness, so the guide addresses issues such as what is celiac disease, how is your treatment, what is a gluten free diet, tips, etc.
Stamper explained that exceeded the achievement of food security, celiac associations now seek “integration, remove small obstacles.”
For his part, Martin indicated that one percent of the population is celiac, but 80% of those affected do not know because it is difficult to diagnose. With the edition of the guide, he said, is to make a “call for standardization of these children, who only need a special diet.”
According to the councilor stressed and Family Welfare, the guide will be distributed in schools and nurseries Santander to guide celiac children teachers. It could also be divided into other public facilities.
Celiac Law favors
In Santander on May 25 the Parliament of Cantabria unanimously approved a motion law (NLP) which “requires” the Government of Cantabria promote collective actions to promote celiac.
From the Parliament …
The social and regional parliamentary groups under the provisions of article. 176 and following the existing rules of the House, presented the following non-legislative proposal for discussion and vote in the House.
Celiac disease is defined as a permanent intolerance to gluten, glycoprotein present in some cereals such as wheat, barley, rye, oats and triticale and their derivatives, semolina, kamut and buckwheat.
This intolerance leads to a malfunction of the intestinal mucosa which means poor absorption of nutrients from food with serious effects of malnutrition, digestive disorders, growth problems and a plethora of symptoms nondigestive as osteoporosis, bone pain, iron deficiency anemia, dermatitis herpetiformis, depression, infertility, and others.
After his diagnosis, the only treatment possible is currently monitoring for life on a strict diet with no trace of gluten, since only the total elimination of gluten in the diet allows clinical and functional normalization of the intestinal mucosa.
While the current European food legislation requires that it be brought in food labeling the presence of some component, gluten, today two major problems persist for these people: first, the consumer must know the names of all components are gluten-free and on the other hand, bearing in mind that to ensure control of the disease requires the total absence of gluten, should be assured of that raw materials do not contain gluten and are not mixed or contaminated with other containing it.
Understanding that this is a major health issue that affects a significant number of families, that is why, as the social and regional parliamentary groups made the following draft resolution:
The Parliament of Cantabria requires the Government to carry out all possible measures in order to improve and facilitate the conditions of life of people with celiac disease, including:
- Develop information campaigns on celiac disease and health and social impact, aimed at making more understandable the disease, its implications and requirements in order to get your diagnosis and monitoring does not compromise the quality of life of those affected.
- To facilitate the dissemination and access to the list of foods permitted for those who require a diet with no trace of gluten.
- Collaborate, primarily with companies in the food sector, and promote the development of codes of good manufacturing practices to ensure the safety of products without gluten.
Intensify the inspection of food products to ensure the exact composition and their traceability, especially those labeled as “gluten” to facilitate their choice and avoid unwanted accidents that could impact the health of people diagnosed as celiac.
- Stress the need to include menus suitable for celiac children in all areas of society that promote greater standardization of life as possible, systematize the development of them so as to ensure the necessary security to their consumers.
- Promote and contribute to the awareness of the catering sector of the need to provide the facilities, with full guarantees, set menus for celiac children.