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J Paediatr Child Health. 2017 Jul;53(7):630-635. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13570. Epub 2017 Jun 12.

Bullying and quality of life in children and adolescents with food allergy.

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School of Women's and Children's Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Immunology/Allergy Unit, Department of Medicine, Campbelltown Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Food allergy is an increasing phenomenon in Australia, with most recent reports of food allergy occurring in 1 in 12 children. A number of studies have demonstrated that children and adolescents with food allergies experience a decreased quality of life across a number of domains. More recent evidence suggests that this population also experiences an increased occurrence of bullying compared to similar school-aged children. Some individuals have reported being bullied because of their allergies, whilst others have reported specific allergy-related-bullying, such as being touched with foods that they are allergic to or having their food being intentionally contaminated with an allergen. Where there may be a risk of severe anaphylaxis, this is of great concern. This article reviews the current literature on bullying in populations of children and adolescents with food allergies. Several papers worldwide have investigated this, providing evidence of its occurrence in North America, Canada, Italy and Japan.


adolescent; allergy; bullying; child; teasing

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