Can kids with coeliac disease safely use Play-Doh?

Sticky items transfer most gluten in classroom activities but handwashing helps: study

GPs can reassure parents who have children with coeliac disease that their offspring can safely play with Play-Doh so long as they don’t eat it. 

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In addition, playing with dried, uncooked pasta shapes is acceptable, but a sticky, floury experience with biscuit dough or paper mache can result in gluten exposure, a US study suggests. 

Researchers, from the Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC, US, examined five scenarios, assessing the gluten transfer from common classroom supplies and foods. 

In their study, 30

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