It’s tough being the sibling to a brother or sister with food allergies. A child with special needs often gets more attention focused on them and daily family dynamics likely revolve around their needs. Siblings might feel jealous of the extra attention and wish that they too had a problem. Some might feel guilty and hold in their own concerns for fear of burdening their family. Others may feel worried or anxious about the safety of their sibling and take on a more adult role of caring for him or her. On the positive side, children who have siblings with special needs tend to be more patient, kind, supportive, helpful, and compassionate.

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