Kids with food allergies a target for bullies
Adding to the stress of children with food allergies is that they also may get bullied for it. New research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York found that about a third of children who have food allergies are picked on. The findings are based on surveys of 251 pairs of children who had food allergies and their parents, who independently answered a questionnaire, about bullying due to food allergies, bullying for any reason and quality of life of the children.
While nearly a third of the children with food allergies reported being bullied, nearly half of the parents (47.9 percent) were not aware that their child was a victim of bullying. The parents, however, did observe higher levels of stress in their child.
About eight percent of children in the United State have an allergy to foods such as peanuts, tree-nuts, milk, eggs and shellfish. Researchers say that it is important that parents routinely ask their children about bullying, especially if their child has a food allergy.