Children with Food Allergies Face Bullying

Parents whose children have food allergies may want to make sure their children are not bullied at school for their food restrictions.

A study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that as many as 31.5 percent of children with food allergies report being bullied – often with threats that involve food.

In fact, these bullied children and their parents report higher stress levels, according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of the 251 parents surveyed, about half said they knew of the bullying, the study shows. Children whose parents were aware of the bullying had less stress than the parents who were unaware.

“The authors emphasize it is important that parents and pediatricians screen for bullying in children with food allergies to reduce stress and improve quality of life for these children,” the news release states.

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