4 Ways to Empower Kids with Food Allergies

24 Sep

4 Ways to Empower Kids with Food Allergies.

According to a recent study by the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, 30% of students with food allergies have been bullied or teased by their peers about their allergy.


Ask Teachers to Talk about Food Allergies in the Classroom
In many instances, food allergy bullying stems from a lack of understanding. Young children who have never been exposed to food allergies might have trouble comprehending the dire consequences that can arise when a food allergic child is exposed to certain allergens. Teachers can help alleviate this issue by starting the school year off with a discussion about food allergies. Social worker Judy S. Freedman, author of “Easing the Teasing” suggests using books such as “Taking Food Allergies to School” by Helen Weiner as a springboard for this type of discussion.  


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