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Allergies shouldn't be a source of embarrassment

Allergies shouldn't be a source of embarrassment

Q: Your peanut-allergic daughter just entered grade school and suddenly feels embarrassed by her allergy. How can you help her cope?

Parental advice

Acknowledge her feelings but let her know there is nothing to be embarrassed about. It's actually quite common and could be a way to meet a new friend with something in common. Also, give her a special nonpeanut treat to eat in the classroom when other kids celebrate their birthdays.

— Janet Oak

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