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Should I worry about my child with celiac disease (or other children) using PLAY-DOH, sculpting clay, acrylic paints or other gluten-containing products?

Gluten cannot be absorbed through the skin. Most people with celiac disease, even those with dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) do not have to worry about touching or feeling wheat. However, it’s a serious concern as many children are prone to putting their hands in their mouths or do not wash their hands after touching wheat-containing products prior to consuming meals, thus causing gluten to be ingested. Note: some persons with celiac disease may also have an allergy to wheat, which could cause a reaction when the skin touches gluten. February, 2013