What You Should Know
Many kids have allergies. As a parent, you'll want to know what to expect.
For instance, if your child has a mild allergy, such as hay fever, you can expect symptoms such as:
That can make your child feel bad, but it's not life-threatening.
Do you know what to watch for?
Most anaphylactic reactions have symptoms in two or more areas of the body.
- Trouble breathing or noisy breathing
- Coughing, wheezing
- Tightness in the lungs
- Swelling of the throat, face, lips, or tongue
Stomach and Digestion
What Happens During Anaphylaxis?
Anaphylactic reactions usually happen fast. Symptoms often become the most serious within 3 to 30 minutes of exposure to the allergy trigger. Quicker reactions are usually more severe.
You should know how to use the injector. So should your child's teacher. Your child may also be old enough to use it on herself. Ask her doctor if she’s ready for that.
As soon as possible after the allergic reaction starts, call 911 and give the child at least one shot of the drug. She may need more than one. Even if you are not sure the symptoms are allergy related, don’t hesitate to give her the injection. Waiting can be much more harmful than the medication.
The injection isn’t a cure. It won’t stop a severe allergic reaction. Even if your child seems OK, emergency medical care is a must.
Restock any items you use from the emergency kit so it's ready at all times. Like all drugs, epinephrine has an expiration date, so check the dates on each injector.