5 year old fear and anxiety about peanut allergy
My son is 5 and has a severe allergy to peanuts. He has recently become more aware of his allergy and the risks of peanuts which is good, but with that has come an increase in his anxiety around eating even foods that are safe, and his belief that he is having a reaction when he isn't.
Now he is afraid (screaming and crying) to go to pre-school out of fear for what the other kids will be eating around him at lunchtime, even when we know he is not near any foods containing nuts.
He has also had incidents, only recently, where he became convinced that he was having a reaction and got very upset about it. This has happened with a babysitter so now we're unlikely to be going anywhere without him until the fear is under control.
Does anyone have similar experiences or advice on how to handle this kind of fear and anxiety. We do not want to downplay the risks of his allergy but don’t want him living in fear all the time.