How to deal with a kid who just found out he has a PA?

Posted on: Thu, 10/31/2019 - 12:12pm
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My cousin's little boy just got tested and they found out he has a peanut allergy. I know that he is super depressed because he is afraid that he is going to be bullied at school because he has seen other kids treated the same. I am not sure how we should handle this.

Posted on: Fri, 11/01/2019 - 12:44pm
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I think when you first find out about anything that might make you stand out or be treated differently it is difficult. Especially as a child. The main thing I would do is to give reassurance. 95% of your life is not going to change. Just try and educate what it means to have a peanut allergy. Also, there is so much more awareness now in the public than there was 10 or 20 years ago. I know there is still a ways to go but progress is progress.

Posted on: Mon, 11/04/2019 - 9:13am
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Contacting your child's school and speaking with administrators about his newly diagnosed peanut allergy is the first step. Then asking the administrator if there are other children with the same allergy because most likely there are. Letting your son know that there are other kids with the same allergy and how common peanut allergies are will be comforting because then he won't feel like he's alone in this.

Posted on: Sun, 11/17/2019 - 1:01pm
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This is such an important topic because I feel like kids feel alienated when they first find out about their PA but first and foremost knowledge is power. Explaining what it means to have a PA is key and also explaining that they are not alone in this. I like Italia's approach of talking to a school administrator about other kids in the school. If your child knows that there are other kids in school with PA they won't feel alone in this. Like we're all here together in this community, that's how they'll feel.

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