4 Top Tips To Explain Food Allergies To Your Pre-schooler

Allergies are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in childhood. You can of course watch what he eats at home, but what about when your child is at school or on sleepovers or playdates? Young children may be disproportionately affected, since some kids outgrow their allergies with age. And among kids with food allergies, nearly 40 percent have a history of severe reactions, which makes so many parents nervous.

Here are 4 top tips that may come handy while explaining food allergies to your pre-schooler who is allergic.

I. Give Them Key Word/ Key Phrases To Start Off With And Start Early

Father talking to son

Teach your child as young as 2 years old to say small sentences like “No peanuts” or “No eggs”… “I’ll get sick”. The child may not understand what this means but the adults outside of home will be alerted to ask further questions before offering any snacks. As your child gets older, explain the consequences that can occur if the allergic foods are consumed.

II. Make Avoiding Allergic Foods A Game

Make avoiding allergic foods a game

Children understand most through play. The play method is found to be very helpful to explain to children which food are ‘off-limits’ and which are ‘safe’. Use illustrated books or magazines, store pamphlets with pictures, and frequent trips to the grocery store and play “find the food” with your child. At home, to make it easier, you can designate a special shelf/ cupboard for all his special foods.

III. Talk To The Party Host/ Play Date Host Mom Early To Let Her Know About Your Kid’s Allergies.

Talk to the party host play date host mom early to let her know about your kid’s allergies

Offer to bring safe foods for your child so she does not have to worry about preparing separate food for your child.

IV. Learn To Be Calm

Learn to be calm

Allergies in children can be stressful and scary. But learn to handle your anxieties in a calm manner. Remember your child is watching you and observing your every step. Instead of panicking, learn to break down the steps you would take in case your child has an allergy attack. This will help your child observe and learn what to do/ say in similar situations. Do not under estimate your child, they understand much more than you give them credit for.

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