Fears over their food allergies can lead kids to shun normal childhood events

“Covid certainly magnified these issues when families were home in their safe bubble, eating only food prepared by parents, and weren’t going out to eat,” says Megan Lewis, a nurse practitioner and director of the Food Allergy Bravery Clinic (FAB), a program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that focuses on helping children and their parents cope with their anxieties over food allergies. “Now they need to figure out how to enter back into the world, and many people are rusty on those skills. Yes, children do need to be aware and cautious, but it can really snowball when anxiety takes over.”

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