Tips for Parents of Children with Food Allergies this Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day with food allergies and Celiac Disease can be a bit of a challenge for parents. Parents of children with food sensitivities and health concerns rely on educational resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays. According to research, 1 in 13 American children are affected by food allergies. That could mean 2 to 3 children in a single classroom affected by allergies. Below are some tips to ensure your child feels the love this Valentine’s Day!
- Be transparent with teachers, coaches and others planning activities. Do not take for granted that those planning remember each child’s needs. It’s ok to provide suggestions of giveaways or snacks that work for your child. I have even asked if it could perhaps be a non-food card exchange with success!
- Educate your child on how to advocate for themself. Have a conversation with your child ahead of time and remind them they may not be able to eat everything they receive. Be willing to have something special at home to trade them, perhaps their favorite treat or even a mini toy.
- Plan fun and festive allergy free meals to celebrate the holiday at home. We can not always expect or depend that our communities will be able to accommodate what would be best for our child. Your child may end up feeling left out at school or clubs. By bringing the festivities home, your child can enjoy the festivities in a safe way.
- Make Valentine’s Day about spreading love. Support your child in understanding ways to enjoy the holiday that do not include food. Use the holiday to teach your child about love. Encourage your child to send cards and letters to their loved ones. If you are mailing Valentine’s Day cards, perhaps enclose stickers as a safe treat for the one receiving your card.
Are you looking for safe Valentine’s Day giveaways and treats? Make sure to check out my 2021 GF Mom Certified Valentine’s Day Must Have’s Amazon list here!