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Emotional and Social Issues
Children can often become anxious upon learning they have food allergies. As their parent, you can help them handle their emotions — once you get a grip on yours! Read up on how to nurture a stable child.
Unfortunately, extreme anxiety can be common in children with life- threatening food allergies, but it is treatable.
How to keep your cool when your child is diagnosed with food allergies.
Make your home a place of love and understanding, where each member of the family, including your food-allergic child, is accepted.
Itís normal to feel jealous of your friendsí healthy children and "normal" lifeóbut donít let these feelings overwhelm you for very long.
Some people may not understand that good, healthy foods can harm your child. Make your child's special needs clear.
Though you may not be able to take a carefree approach to life, do your best to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude.
Restrictions in foods and social activities can lead children to experience feelings of sadness, anger, frustration and self consciousness - particularly when they feel safety precautions make them stand out from their peers.
How well your child copes will be heavily influenced by how well you cope.