Children With Food Allergies Often Victims of Bullying

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    Children With Food Allergies Often Victims of Bullying - Science Daily

    Kids with food allergies are frequently bullied and harassed by their classmates and even their teachers, a new study finds.

    About 35 percent of children over the age of 5 who are allergic to certain foods have experienced harassment, taunting or bullying at school because of their allergies, researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York found.

    Eighty-six percent were teased repeatedly, most often by classmates. But more than 20 percent of kids reported they were harassed or taunted by their teachers and other school staff.

    "It's troubling and shocking all at the same time," allergist Dr. Cliff Bassett, the medical director of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York, told AOL Health. "It's a problem that perhaps has been underestimated because we were not always aware of this phenomenon. We need to try to reduce the stigma of having a food allergy."