Self-Image and Social Factors

Having food allergies can cause social and emotional responses that could include:

  • Increased stress
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Anger/frustration
  • Sadness/depression
  • Guilt
  • Denial
  • Embarrassment
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Teasing/harassment*
  • Bullying*

*Teasing, harassment, and bullying of children with food allergies is common


Positive Social and Emotional Tips

  • Children with food allergies are like any other children, except they have to be careful what they eat
  • Listen and allow the children to talk about their feelings
  • Provide encouragement: to help the children speak up for their own health and safety
  • Educate others: All children should be taught about food allergies to increase peer compassion
  • Respond to teasing, harassment, and bullying — zero tolerance


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