2012-05-31 09:28:44 by Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer - Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Food allergies are becoming more common in the United States, and if your child doesn’t have one, chances are they have a friend or classmate who does.
It’s difficult for kids to watch out for foods that can cause a reaction when they’re away from home, surrounded by kids who may not be aware of their allergy, or even worse – being teased about it.
Sometimes food allergies are easy to spot, such as peanut and nuts. Other times, a food allergen may be hidden in a list of ingredients.
That’s where friends can help. For a food-allergic person, having friends who understand their allergy and who know what to do in case of a problem can be a real lifesaver.
Here are 6 ways kids can help a friend with a food allergy:
Helping to create a supportive, caring environment for a child with an allergy will not just help your friend. You can also set an example for others who may be unsure of how to react around people with allergies and may not understand the danger foods can pose to people with severe food allergies.
To learn more, read this Tips to Grow By or go to akronchildrens.org/allergy.
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