October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Did you know that a new study from Children’s National Hospital shows that 1 in 3 kids with a food allergy has experienced food allergy-related bullying? About 10-15 percent of the 6.8 million children with asthma report being bullied, according to multiple studies.
Bullying related to asthma or allergies doesn’t just include mocking and teasing, but also actions that can turn deadly. Asthma and Allergy education is vital to limiting this statistic. It is important that our youth knows that asthma and allergies are serious conditions that can be life threatening. However, it is also important that individuals understand their peers with allergies and asthma are no different than them and should be included as that.
Education and conversation is the best way that we can teach kids to respect the needs of others, while ignoring false stereotypes or exclusion towards those with Allergies and Asthma.