The link between food allergies and mental health

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The link between food allergies and mental health

We’ve dedicated thousands of words to talk about the risks of food allergies, both to adults and children. Multiple posts about the physical effects of a food allergy, how to avoid a reaction, and how to manage anaphylactic shock. But something we’ve never really talked about is how a food allergy can affect your mental health.

No matter how safe you keep yourself, the anxiety about your food allergy never goes aware. So let’s talk about mental health in you and your children, and how you can stay on top of it.

Mental health and food allergies

There are many concerning statistics around food allergies. Just look at some of them:

  • 60% of people admitted food allergies affect food preparation.
  • 34% reported food allergies affected their child’s school attendance.
  • 50% of parents or caregivers admitted it affected their family activities.
  • 58% said it affected their child’s ability to play at a friend’s house.
  • 59% of parents said it affected any school trips.

As you can see, food allergies are constantly getting in the way of life. It’s something people can’t forget about. So it’s no surprise that 41% of people reported that food allergies had a significant impact on their mental health.

It can leave someone with a never-ending feeling of anxiety, maybe even leading to depression. Any physical symptoms, such as hives, can also play on the mind as it’s a painful reminder of your condition. Is it any surprise that, over time, it chips away at a person’s confidence? It’s not something any parent wants to see in their child.

What can you do?

It’s important to keep an open line of communication. Talk to your child about their allergy and let them know it’s something they can always talk about. Show them it doesn’t have to be just their burden.

It might be worth talking to an allergy specialist to see if they can refer you to someone trained to handle anxiety in allergy patients. They can teach you the methods you need to cope with anxiety.

In the meantime, do what you can to educate your child about their allergy and involve them in the cooking process so they can see what goes into their food. Show them their food allergy isn’t something to be feared, just something to be aware of. It won’t always be easy, but it can save lives.

We are dedicated to providing the best service to anyone with a food allergy or any other allergy they may have. If you have questions about a potential allergy, please contact us on 02031 433 449 or visit our website.

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