All over the country, parents are preparing their children to go back to school… But there is one thing that is causing panic, and that is food allergies and intolerances.
Whether it be wheat intolerance, lactose intolerance or a gluten allergy, there is cause for concern amongst parents all around the UK. A new study has revealed the impact of social, emotional and financial factors of managing food allergies and intolerances.
For children who are ready to go back to school and are suffering from food allergies, there is a significant burden of food allergies on the families. At this time of year, the wellbeing of children is of paramount importance. We are just about getting over hay fever season and now people are letting their children head back to school and will not necessarily have full control over what they are eating!
It is a very scary situation, particularly if you are not aware of what food allergies or food intolerances you or your child has. People are becoming more aware of food allergies, and the negative impact that they are having on others’ lives. They impact the life of not only children, but also adults with allergies, their families and also people who are looking after them.
Think of it like this, your child, depending on their allergies and intolerances may not be able to interact as other children may be able to. Severe allergies leave parents worrying about their children participating in social activities, going out to restaurants, and even birthday parties.
Just think, imagine if it comes to Halloween and someone at school invites your child to a party, but you know your child has an allergy to chocolate. You would be scared!
Essentially, Lifelab Testing and other people in the allergy testing industry are keen to note the many disasters that appear to be playing on the minds of children.
Some of the key findings include the constant fear of accidental exposure to food allergens, as this causes heightened stress, which often leads to stress and anxiety, the feeling of being isolated in a social environment, and also depression! This is not only for the child but also the parents. Now you can see the detrimental effect that allergies can have on children.
In fact, according to a study by the AAFA, more than 50% of parents have reported that they are missing important school functions and have had to change plans, simply because of their child’s allergy. This sounds scary and stressful!
We haven’t even got to the costs of living with food allergies and intolerances yet, and this is something we will be discussing in next week’s blog. Keep an eye out on www.lifelabtesting.com.
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