Our latest SermoSays infographic looks at some of the realities of children and allergies. They face trips to the emergency room and their parents and guardians rarely get information after diagnoses that help a family adjust to their new normal.
Bullying and Allergies
We were surprised when we found a recent study that looked at bullying and food allergies. Thirty-one percent of children who had food allergies reporting being the target of bullying. Often children with food allergies, particularly nuts, are separated from their peers during lunch time to ensure their safety. Is there a better way to protect children without ostracizing them?
Mental Health Support and Allergies
Parents and guardians can face a real fear for their children over potential trips to the hospital and even death due to food allergies. When your child is only one bite away from anaphylaxis it tends to make caregivers hyper-vigilant and that can take a toll as stress levels increase.
Caregivers acknowledged the stress when 70 percent said that mental health support would be helpful, but only 23 percent followed through and received support. Can physicians take an extra moment and talk to parents about what the family as a whole will be going through?
Education and Allergies
Only one quarter of families received counseling for food allergies. Families might need to learn new cooking techniques and shopping habits and education can go a long way to avoid stress, help children cope with the changes they’ll have to make, often for life. How can physicians encourage families to get help? Do doctors have recommended reading lists or nearby classes geared towards helping families adjust to their new situation?
As a physician how do you help children and families adjust to food allergies? Do you notice behavioral changes around food allergies? Are you an M.D. or D.O.? We’ll be discussing this more inside Sermo. Please join over 260,000 of your colleagues in open conversation.
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