- being a burden to others who may need to accommodate their allergy.
- feeling left out in social situations where eating is involved.
- not feeling supported by their schools in terms of the school educating others about food allergy.
- stress involved in eating in restaurants and while traveling.
What can we do to help improve the quality of life for food allergic teens?
- Help our food allergic children, pre-teens and teenagers find the words to explain their allergy confidently and matter-of-factly to others.
- Provide our kids and teens with tools to use during social situations where food is served. This may mean providing safe food for all or suggesting your teen eat before the event and bring a snack to eat later.
- Continue educating and advocating at all school levels- including high school. Make sure school officials understand food allergy. Ensure your school has a food allergy management plan. Encourage discussion of food allergy in health and other relevant classes so students learn of the symptoms and dangers.
- Push for legislation within the restaurant industry to require proper accommodations for those with food allergy.
- Encourage your teen to seek counseling if needed and to be involved with others who deal with food allergy. FAAN Teen is a great resource where teens share their experiences and tips.
- Share books such as Allergy Information for Teens: (Teen Health Series) and Fatal foods:find out how one teen copes with her allergy to peanuts.: An article from: Scholastic Choices
Don't forget to support FAAN’s bid to win grants from the Pepsi Refresh Project for Fund a Cure for Life-Threatening Food Allergies.
There are three ways to vote through Dec. 31:
1. Vote on the Pepsi Refresh Website:
2. Text 104004 to Pepsi (73774)
3. Vote on Facebook with the Pepsi Refresh app