Any difference can set children apart from their peers and potentially make them a target for bullying. But a severe food allergy is a unique vulnerability: It takes only one lunch or cupcake birthday party for other children to know which classmates can’t eat nuts, eggs, milk or wheat. It can take longer for them to grasp how frightening it is to live with a life-threatening allergy.
Classmates might prey on this vulnerability, plotting to switch a child’s lunch to see if she gets sick, for example, or spitting milk at a child’s face and causing a swift anaphylactic reaction.
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