|Georgia and her Lil' Bro, Jack - August 2007|
When a family member has celiac disease, the whole family in some ways has it as well. Jack is our family, our blood, someone we care about deeply and we want him to feel included always.
|Two Peas in Pod - Georgia and Jack - Fall 2010|
So with that said, here are some tips to help siblings transition as well and to be supportive:
- Make sure to say "thank you" to your child for giving up a certain treat or waiting until later for a gluten snack
- Make time to take the non-celiac sibling out for a treat they have been wanting - for example, Georgia loves getting ice cream with a cone, so we may do that on our own. When Jack is with us, she gets her ice cream in a cup.
- Explain the disease to your children and let them know that it's a hereditary disease, so they understand that anyone in the family can have celiac disease.
- Go grocery shopping together - find foods the whole family can enjoy.
- Lastly, stay positive when talking to your children about a gluten-free diet. Encourage siblings to try gluten-free bread, etc. Because as they get older, most likely dinner time will be gluten-free for everyone!