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our little girl is having a hard time with her pa. I just

our little girl is having a hard time with her pa. I just got told by her that the kids in school is acting weird around her. how do I make her feel better and help her cope with all of this.

By Mrsdocrse on Sun, 09-22-13, 23:07

Hi There,
You did not say how old your child is...
I agree with the previous post that it may be a case of the kids trying to protect her. They may be afraid that they will cause her to have a reaction if they have had peanut butter earlier in the day or have it at home. Maybe you could work with the teacher to educate the class at their maturity level to make them feel better about it.

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By tomanyfoodalergies on Wed, 09-25-13, 16:32

thank you. oh she is 10 and in fourth grade.

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By PeanutAllergy.com on Thu, 09-19-13, 23:33

Question of the Week: Answered!

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Our Answer:

Sorry to hear that your daughter has had to deal with kids treating her differently.

There are a few things that you can do to help her cope with her allergy. Make sure that your daughter understands her allergy and that she is not alone. Teach her how to keep herself safe at school or at friends’ houses (reading labels, recognizing symptoms, how to use an epi-pen, etc.). Talk to her school about her allergy and make sure that she can fully participate in class activities. Let other parents know of the situation so that she can be safe during playtime.

Perhaps the kids at school treat her differently because they do not want to hurt her. But in treating her differently, they may make her feel alone; the last thing we want is for our kids to feel alone at school. Once teachers, students and parents understand that they can safely interact with her, they may not be scared to do so.

Here are some community posts from parents who were in similar situations with their PA kids:
http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/what-are-your-kids-friends-like-with-their-pa
http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/schools/i-am-new-to-this-group-my-son-is-starting-middle-school
http://www.peanutallergy.com/boards/general-discussion/schools/eating-alone-at-the-nut-free-table

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