Allergy Information for Children - What Do You Tell Your Children?

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Teri16
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   Posted 10/7/2005 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you ever wonder how much information, or when that information should be shared with children about their allergies?  Of course, by the time they are teens, I'm assuming that this is something they've already questioned and had answered.
 
What about young children in grade school?  Children worry when they are ill.  Especially with long term conditions such as allergies, and even more so with asthma.  Parents worry and children are sure to pick up on that if nothing else.  All the Dr. visits, the allergy shots if they are getting them, the constant changes in medications?
 
How do you as a parent handle this?  How much and how do you tell your young child?  At what age? 
 
Let's share some info here, so that others may be helped.
 
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   Posted 10/7/2005 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a difficult question and probably more of a difficult answer. I guess they pick up on it that they are at the doctor's office a lot. My son has allergies but not asthma so not as traumatic for him. He has always been such a trooper though, never complained but maybe a handful of times that he can't breathe or that his eyes hurt. But knowing that it did just broke my heart. He is a mouth breather most of the time because of his allergies and he has been from quite a young age. He is now turning 12 next month and he is very grown up in the sense that he knows when he needs to take his medication (although I don't give him full access to it just yet, I still think he is still quite young to decide when he needs it even though he is right 95% of the time)

I'm very proud of the way he handles it, illnesses like this seem to mature children more in a way. Of course, I am a mom so I could brag on him all day :)
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   Posted 10/7/2005 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
You go right ahead and do that, Des!! tongue I know that feeling. :)
 
 
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