Siblings and food allergies

Joyce Machin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, shares advice for parents on how to best teach your child food safety when your other child has food allergies
Teaching Kids Food Safety When A Sibling Has Food Allergies
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Siblings and food allergies

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In my family, we have two kids. My first daughter has multiple food allergies and my young daughter doesn't. Life in our household can be very different because my first daughter has so many food allergies. She's allergic to wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, and sesame. We can't really make out household free of all of those allergens, but we have chosen to make our house a nut free house. The reason why is that peanuts are the highest anaphylactic food product out there, and we want our house to be a safe environment for our family. Our youngest daughter, who does not have food allergies, we are teaching her how to keep her older sister safe. That means not sharing her food if she is having something like cow's milk, which her older sister can't have. Not sharing her spoon if she wants to have a little dip of her sister's soy yogurt. It's about education and we've just chosen to keep our house a nut free house.

Joyce Machin, Pediatric Occupational Therapist, shares advice for parents on how to best teach your child food safety when your other child has food allergies

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Joyce Jung Machin is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls - Maya and Ella. She is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience. She's been able to travel to many countries, complete triathlons, and work with orphans overseas. By far, her greatest pride is her family.  Maya, seven years old, has multiple food allergies - wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, and sesame. Joyce’s love for cooking has allowed many well-loved family dinners that are safe for all.

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