Communicating with siblings
When communicating to siblings and classmates it may be helpful to adapt your approach as although they may be of similar ages, the information they need will vary. Below are some ideas to help get you started:
It’s important to take the time to talk to your other children about their sibling’s special nutritional needs; this can help them to understand the situation and ensure that they don’t feel left out or jealous at the amount of time spent on the child with special nutritional needs. Spending quality time with them is also a great way to allow them to express how they are feeling.
Children are naturally inquisitive but also quick to accept other children regardless of their differences, so being open is encouraged.
When starting a new school or moving class, you may find it useful to arrange for you or the teacher to explain to the class about your child’s nutritional needs. It is important to do so as your child may be away from school more than others and explaining this to the class can help avoid questioning from other children when your child returns.
For your child, especially as they get older, their friends will be able to offer a great deal of support when you are not there, so it’s important their friends understand their needs as early as possible.
If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your healthcare professional.