How To Talk To Your Kid About Allergies Before You Send Them Back To School, According To Real Families

If your child had a food allergy sending them to school for the first time can be a scary experience for both you and them. First thing is to make sure they know what they are allergic to and what to do if they come across that certain food. Kids will be tempted to eat the food to fit in or be cool. You should prepare your kids with pre-packed snacks for those unexpected days when kids bring in birthday treats.

Key Takeaways:

  • The best think you can do for you child is to teach them to speak up about it and not to be nervous or embarrassed about it.
  • Don’t think your child is to young to learn everything they can about their allergy. The more they know the better.
  • Let your child know they aren’t different, they just can’t eat certain foods.

“When your child heads off to school, you relinquish a lot of the control and guidance you have in their day-to-day life… which, depending on the day, may feel either relieving or saddening.”

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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