Children with food allergies have to rely on other people to keep them safe from their allergens. This is fine when they are tiny and you are with them all the time. But as they get older it can make them vulnerable. Although food allergy awareness is getting better, not everyone has a good understanding of food allergies. And even those who do can forget or make mistakes. As a result, for food allergy confidence, you need to empower your child to speak up for themselves and understand their own needs.
Developing Food Allergy Confidence
In the long run, the ultimate goal is for your child to manage their allergies independently, without relying on you. Of course, this is a gradual process, but it’s good to be aware of it from a young age. The earlier you start teaching your child about their food allergy, the more confidence they will feel. Today I want to share with you some steps you can take at different ages and stages to help your child feel confident about living with food allergies.
Ideally, you want your child to feel that all of these extra steps we do to prevent an allergic reaction are just what we do. They are a part of the daily routine, just like brushing teeth. If it becomes their norm, they can keep themselves safe without consciously thinking about it. We don’t wait until they start going out by themselves to teach children how to cross the road safely. It’s the same principle with food allergies.