Your child complains that his feet hurt. He cries and limps, so you take him to the doctor. The pediatrician sends you to a pediatric podiatrist. The pediatric podiatrist gives him an anti-inflammatory. Nothing. He gives your child other pain pills to take. Nothing.
He continues to cry.
A few weeks later, his limp is not only more profound, but he starts to complain that his knees and sometimes hips hurt. He starts to act out. He's unhappy and miserable and his behavior reflects this.
You visit another doctor.
She puts in orders for x-rays.
You go to another doctor.
He suggests physical therapy.
Another physician suggests a behavior therapist.
By now, your child doesn't want to go to school. You start to notice that his school work is declining and your frustration level is increasing over a lack of an answer.
This is your child who you love with your whole heart and soul and you'd do anything to relieve his misery.
You take him to yet another physician and he says, "His shoes are too small."
All this time, all your child needed was a pair of new shoes.
Imagine having to live in shoes that are one size too small - for a week.
- for a month.
- for a year.
How about 40 years! This is where my passion comes from. A lifetime of just needing a different pair of shoes (a different diet).
And this is why I want those who hear our children's complaints and who see our kids on a regular basis, to start seeing "shoe size" ("celiac") first -- not last.
School Nurse Celiac Education.
School Nurses care about our kids. Let's help them detect the signs and symptoms.
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