Schools are opening across the country and although we know bullies didn’t take the summer off, the cafeteria bullies have had a summer break.

Lunchroom bullying like schoolyard bullying is often a place where mean kids will gather.

We haven’t heard a lot about food allergy bullying, but especially as school doors are opening, we need to have more discussions about it.  I posted an article on Huffington Post Parents about the dangers of cafeteria bullying.

Food allergies is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or brushing up on the facts, learning all you can about the disease is the key to staying safe and living well with food allergies.

Food allergy bullying is a growing problem in schools across the country. About a third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied specifically because of their allergies. – FARE

Watch their PSA:

Takeaway tips:

• Teens and young adults with food allergies have the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis. Though many younger children don’t understand the danger of using another’s allergies to bully, teens are more likely to take risks when it comes to food allergies.

• Millions of Americans have food allergies; tell your teen they aren’t alone. Encourage them not to be embarrassed to tell friends about their allergies.

• Watch for signs that your child is dealing with bullying: an increase of allergic reactions or excuses to stay out of school.