Impact of bullying incidents in a child with food allergies are :
- Distress and anxiety: While certainly real, these feelings are counterproductive. They impede problem solving.
- Embarrassment and feelings of victimization: These feelings reinforce social isolation.
- Resentment of the restrictions: In children while understandable, this can be toxic and it needs to be addressed.
- Impede self-reliance: This is critical in developing a safe social environment in children with food allergies.
Therefore, in my mind a better approach would be for us to:
- Design and implement a school-based Food Allergy Awareness Program, perhaps run by the PTA.
- It is imperative that we use the support of the school counselor, cafeteria staff, and teachers.
- At the Middle/High School level, an Allergy Advocate Club would also be a great idea.
Be proactive…be the change you wish to see in the world!
Originally published on FoodAllergyLowdown.
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