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I wrote an article about empowering your meals allergy youngsters just a few months again.  Since then, I’ve had a number of mothers ask me about younger youngsters and empower their toddlers.

I actually love that mothers are excited about this as a result of you possibly can’t begin this too quickly.  Children who see and study good habits once they’re younger are so more likely to maintain up with these habits once they’re older.  What you do now lays the groundwork for meals allergy teenagers (which from what I’ve heard is without doubt one of the hardest phases in relation to worrying and hoping they’ll make protected meals allergy selections).  So in the event you’re studying this and excited about this now, yay!!

In case you’re within the toddler stage now, I encourage you to learn my different submit about older youngsters too.  It’s a good suggestion to maintain these suggestions in thoughts as a result of that older stage will come quicker than you assume.  Not solely that, however you can begin to mannequin these habits now in order that they really feel like second nature as your infant will get older. 

I need you to know that it’s by no means too late to empower your meals allergy youngsters, so it doesn’t matter what stage you’re at, you’ll discover the guidelines on this weblog or the opposite one I wrote useful!

  1. Clarify what you’re doing to maintain them protected and why.

In case you hold your youngster protected, however by no means allow them to in on what you’re doing, they received’t perceive the duty and received’t be used to it when it’s their flip.

For instance, while you learn labels be sure to let your youngster know by saying issues like:  I’m going to verify this meals is protected by studying what’s in it.  You’ll be able to even present them the checklist as you do it. As they develop into higher readers they’ll begin to study the phrases they’re on the lookout for. 

2. Carry the epinephrine in all places.

All the time make a degree of bringing the epinephrine injector you utilize in all places you go.  Present your youngster that you’re bringing it and begin to “hype” the truth that once they’re larger they’ll get to hold it themselves.  By making it thrilling and particular now it’ll assist them be extra keen to hold it later.

We’ve at all times had a rule of thumb that claims no epinephrine, no consuming.  This hasn’t at all times been simple to comply with (for instance, we’ve needed to drive again 30 minutes to get the EpiPen once we forgot), however by making a degree of it and displaying your youngsters it’s necessary, your youngsters will make extra of an effort themselves as they become older.

Our daughter was mature sufficient to hold her personal EpiPen at college when she was in grade 1.  Then when she was in grade 2-Three she began carrying it on her personal exterior of college too.  We helped her get into the behavior through the use of a reward chart.  I additionally carry an additional EpiPen in my purse, however we wish her to get within the behavior of doing it herself.