Now that school is back in full swing, you can be sure the food allergy bullies are, too. Among the 5.9 million kids with food allergies, 40% of them have suffered a life-threatening reaction. About one-third of these children have experienced being bullied at school.
If you are a parent of a child with food allergies, you’re faced with a major responsibility to guide and teach your child how to deal with bullies and the anxiety they create. Because kids with food allergies are perceived as ‘different’, they are a perfect target for bullies. It’s important that your child not feel singled out as though they don’t belong. A lot of this depends on your community and the school. How do they perceive and respond to the needs of children with food allergies? And, most importantly, do they understand that allergic reactions to foods can be life-threatening?
Read more in our recent blog post about food allergy bullying.