79% of Kids with Food Allergies Report Being Bullied

Allergic to Peanuts? Here's a PB&J, Say Bullies

Bullying goes beyond name calling when it comes to food-allergic kids.


"In a survey of 353 food-allergic kids and teens conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), 79 percent reported bullying, teasing, or harassment related to their food allergies. Of those bullied, 57 percent described events in which someone touched them with their allergen, waved it in front of them, or threw it at them."

Read more as Dr. Stanley Fineman, president of the ACAAI, addresses bullying of food-allergic kids: http://www.everydayhealth.com/...d-j-say-bullies.aspx

 

 

Education can help prevent bullying. Consider using the free resources from AllergyHome and Kids With Food Allergies Foundation to educate the school community.

 

AllergyHome has free online training for school staff as well as a 4 1/2 minute video to teach elementary school children why  students with food allergies need to do things different.  It is designed to encourage support and discourage bullying.

 

Kids With Food Allergies Foundation has many free articles on the subject of managing food allergies in school, as well as a dedicated support forum for those caring for school-age children.

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