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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School with Food Allergies- Tip #5

It's that time of year again. While you're busy prepping those backpacks for school and updating your child's Fall wardrobe don't forget to prep the school for your child's allergies.
All This Week I'll be highlighting school food allergy management tips:

Tip #5  Prevent Bullying

We talked about being proactive in the last post. Educating classmates is crucial.Research has shown that many food allergic children report being bullied in school. Over 40% of the children studied reported being threatened physically with acts such as being touched with their allergen or having the allergen thrown or waved at them(bullying study). Bullying is always wrong but when it happens to a food allergic child the outcome can be fatal.  
The school counselor/psychologist is a good contact person for finding out about your child's school's bullying policies (and prevention programs). In addition you can find specific resources for educating your child's classmates which hopefully will reduce bullying behavior.

Here are some resources for educating classmates 

from FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network)
1- Be a Pal Program (educational resource for classroom)
2- Bullying Prevention (and other lifesaving school info.)

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