Food Allergy Bullying On The Rise – Half The Kids Not Telling Parents

Latest Research from Mount Sinai School of Medicine has found that thirty-two percent of children with food allergies surveyed had been subjected to taunts and threats related to their food allergies.

Just as importantly, the same study also found that around half these children did not tell their parents about these incidents.

Doctors say “food bullying” can come in many forms – from verbal abuse, physical harassment about the allergen, harassment about carrying medication or being touched by the actual food allergen.

Parents are advised that it is imperative that their children are taught to immediately let an adult know about the situation whether it be a teacher they trust or their parents.

Experts say that  bullying should not be ignored no matter the age of the child or the age of the bully. Parents should contact the school administrator promptly with research showing that when parents took specific actions such as addressing bullying with school personnel it predicted successful resolution.

Parents are also urged to keep an eye out for important signs of bullying which could include;  declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, not wanting to go to school, not eating at all during school.
Also their lunchbox repeatedly coming home full, indicating possible food avoidance or
changes in behavior, such as risky eating behaviors by a child who was once was careful.

 

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