Teaching Toddlers About Allergies
Joseph is starting to recognize letters and numbers now, and it made me realize that I haven’t done much to explicitly teach him about his allergies. Part of the reason is that teaching my children academically has never been something I’ve pushed. It’s all happened just by spending time together reading books, or drawing, or doing puzzles.
When we read his occasional books that have food, I’ll often go through and say which he can and can’t eat (or those he has to eat special versions of). And if he’s screaming for something his sister has, I’ll tell him he can’t have it because he’s allergic, and then try to find him something that he can eat. I don’t expect him to have the ability or discipline to say “I can’t eat that.”
But now that his vocabulary is growing exponentially, I do need to take a more active role. I just hope to be able to do so without getting too depressed at all the things I have to teach him “no” to. Kids With Food Allergies has a great page that lists children’s books about allergies. Sadly, very few are in my local library. Most also seem to deal with just peanut allergies, but even those can be helpful.
What ideas have you used to teach children about allergies?