What You Should Know
Many kids have allergies. As a parent, you'll want to know what to expect.
These symptoms 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, give the child at one shot of the drug and dial 911. 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. She may need more than one dose, so be prepared to follow up with another within 10 to 20 minutes.
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. Always call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.
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.