This post is dedicated to a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episode. Yes, Daniel Tiger. That adorable PBS Kids character based on the classic from my own childhood, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The episode is called “Daniel’s Allergy/Allergy at School” (Season 7, Ep. 4 on Amazon Prime Video) and details Daniel Tiger finding out he is allergic to peaches. In it, his doctor gives him 3 rules to follow to stay healthy.
- Don’t eat the food you’re allergic to.
- If you don’t feel well, tell a grownup.
- Ask before you eat something new.
Now, I know Celiac Disease is not an allergy but the concepts discussed in this episode can be immensely helpful in opening up a dialogue with your toddler regarding dietary restrictions. Additionally, the three allergy rules discussed in the episode are exactly what I hope my child learns to do to be able to advocate for herself.
This episode also has helped N to understand that she is not alone in being restricted in what she can eat. She will now say,
“I can’t eat gluten just like Daniel can’t eat peaches.”
For a child, the concept that they can’t eat something that everyone else can is new to them. This episode has definitely helped her understand this better. Understanding the details of it as it pertains to Celiac Disease will come with time. I am always on the lookout for resources that can help N to understand Celiac Disease and this Daniel Tiger episode has been a great and age appropriate way to begin doing just that.
What resources have you found that have helped you to explain Celiac Disease to your child?