PA son afraid to eat away from home???

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 5:24am
AnnieM's picture
Joined: 06/16/2004 - 09:00

He is going to preschool for the second year and only mentioned the other day that he doesn't drink juice or water at school during snack time. After talking to him about it he told me he is afraid to drink it. I send his snack every day, but never thought anything about his drink. He is also this way when we go to someone's house- even if I have called ahead and checked to make sure everything is safe. I want him to be aware of his allergy, but I don't want him to go through life afraid of everything. Does anyone have any suggestions for helping my sweet 4 1/2 year old Shane live without constantly being afraid?


Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 6:00am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

At this point I would suggest sending a drink for your ds along with his snack. It may be too hard for him to understand that he can drink the juice or water at preschool but cannot eat the snack.
My guess is that as he gets older and has more opportunities to drink away from the house when you are present, his fear will subside.
At this point I would not make a big deal of it but would start sending a drink for him. This way he will be able to focus on playing and learning and will not have the stress of attempting to make decisions about what is or isn't safe for him.
Good luck!
[img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 6:19am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

M carries a water bottle (always), and I often send juice boxes, or single serve packs of chocolate or vanilla Silk. It's easy to do, and one less thing to be concerned about.
We've had some major contact/airborne reactions, so what the drink pourer handled before filling the paper cups, or what sponge was used to wash the community powdered drink pitcher, are actually real issues for us.
We do purchase lemonade for M at our "safe" local burger place, where I'm confident that the lemonade dispenser is only used for lemonade, and isn't likely scrubbed out with a grungy sponge full of who knows what! [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by M'smom (edited October 25, 2004).]

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 11:56am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi AnnieM:
I just want to reiterate the above advice or California Mom. My son felt the same way when he was in was sort of a good thing, it meant he wouldn't make any food choices w/o checking with me first.
As he grew older and more confident in handling his allergy, this fear has subsided. He no longer worries when eating at other peoples houses, school, etc. (although he is still very careful.)
I would not worry to much about it!

Posted on: Mon, 10/25/2004 - 12:44pm
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

My son is still like this in Grade 2.
Just today his twin sister is joining choir for the second year(nope, not him) and has to stay for lunch every other day.
Pa son told me he doesn't want to because of kids always bringing in granola bars but being sent to the office to eat them.
He is a little careful but that is his comfort zone, and I know like above posters said, it will get better.
You know your child and mine is a little anal about a lot of things, not just his allergy [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 10/31/2004 - 12:16am
AnnieM's picture
Joined: 06/16/2004 - 09:00

Thanks! It's good to hear that this is something others have gone through. We are sending juice boxes for him now and he is much more comfortable.


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