DS has a dairy allergy. Thank goodness DD does not. But she's about to turn 1 and while I am so ready to be done breastfeeding, I'm a little hesitant to put her on whole milk. The kids have separate sippy cups, but she loves to try and drink his and I'm a little worried about cross-contamination.
Fortunately DS just has digestional issues, nothing anaphylactic. But I still don't want to subject him to cross-contamination if I can help it.
How did you address one kid's allergies vs another?
wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts
I have two that have different allergies. The oldest is allergic to milk and the youngest is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame.
When my youngest was ready to transition to whole milk, my oldest was about 2.5. I made sure they have very different cups (the youngest uses a straw cup, the oldest uses a sippy cup). And then we were very vocal about what everyone was drinking: "Here's your hemp milk, Xander! Here's your cow's milk, Logan!" I also sat them across the table from each other so they aren't able to reach each other's cups.
Now at 3 and almost 5, they still have very different cups and if I get them the wrong cup, they'll just swap them.
ETA: I also remember saying a lot things like "Xander can't have cow's milk because he's allergic. That's why he has hemp milk." At almost 5, Xander knows he's allergic to milk and he'll even ask "Does that have dairy?" when he's given something new to try.
olive / 74 posts
exactly that Adira said, we gave them different cups and my older LO who has the allergy knows that she's allergic to milk and knows not to drink from younger LO's cup.
Also, we kept our older LO's cup out of reach from my younger LO so that the younger one wouldn't try to drink from her cup so there wouldn't be cross contamination. my older LO can climb up a chair and get her milk from the dinning room table, where my younger one can't get up there