Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) conducted the My Kid's Life With Food Allergies survey in April 2019. We surveyed 1,234 parents of children with food allergies to capture more information about the full impact of food allergies on families' lives – including the social and emotional burden of managing this chronic disease.
Food allergies are more than a physical condition. They impact every aspect of life and can impact loved ones as well. Emotional impacts are common. Our survey found that nearly all parents of children with food allergies always or occasionally feel fearful:
- 92% say they always or occasionally feel fearful for their child’s safety because of food allergies
- 90% say they always or occasionally fear cross-contact of foods
- 75% say it causes fear/anxiety for their family
- 31% of parents say they have seen a mental health professional related to their child’s food allergies
Food allergies also cause many families to change their social activities due to food allergies. Our survey showed that:
- 89% have avoided certain restaurants
- 82% have changed family traditions to accommodate food allergies
- 53% have skipped out on an important school function
- 45% have avoided airline travel
We're in this together.
If you are dealing with the social and emotional effects of managing your child's food allergies, support can help. KFA has a free online community where you can talk to other parents and caregivers managing food allergies in a safe, encouraging environment.