0 0
  • Question 1/8

    Anaphylaxis is always a medical emergency.

  • Answer 1/8

    Anaphylaxis is always a medical emergency.

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    Anaphylaxis is a serious, whole-body allergic reaction that usually comes on fast. Even if it starts off mild, it can quickly become life threatening. That's why it's important to treat it immediately. If you have prescription epinephrine, use it right away. Then call 911.

  • Answer 1/8

    What often triggers anaphylaxis?

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    Any allergy trigger can cause anaphylaxis, although food is most often to blame. Other triggers are insect stings, medicines such as penicillin, and, less often, latex. Latex can be found in some gloves, balloons, and other items. Knowing your child's triggers can help her avoid them. An allergist can do tests to find out the exact cause and create a treatment plan for your child.

  • Question 1/8

    Kids should never give themselves an epinephrine shot.

  • Answer 1/8

    Kids should never give themselves an epinephrine shot.

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    It’s important for you to know when and how to use epinephrine because it can save your child’s life. But you may not always be around when your child has a reaction. If your child is old enough, teach her how to give herself an epinephrine shot. Show relatives, friends, teachers, and caregivers how to use it, too.

  • Question 1/8

    Vomiting and diarrhea can be symptoms of anaphylaxis.

  • Answer 1/8

    Vomiting and diarrhea can be symptoms of anaphylaxis.

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    With anaphylaxis, your body reacts in all kinds of ways. You can have swelling, hives, and redness, and even vomiting or diarrhea. You could faint, which could lead to shock. If your airways tighten, you may start to wheeze or have problems breathing. That's why it's important to be prepared and ready to treat it right away.

  • Question 1/8

    If your child shows symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should

  • Answer 1/8

    If your child shows symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    Don't wait, even if you are not sure the reaction is allergy related! Epinephrine almost always works when it's injected right away and will not hurt him if it’s a false alarm. Anyone who is with you — including teachers and caregivers — should have an injector on hand and know how to use it.

  • Question 1/8

    You don't need to call 911 if symptoms get better right away with epinephrine.

  • Answer 1/8

    You don't need to call 911 if symptoms get better right away with epinephrine.

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    Always call 911 right away after you use an epinephrine shot. Minutes count. Don’t drive your child to a hospital yourself. Even if his symptoms go away, he needs emergency care to make sure they don’t return. At the hospital, he may get other medication to open his airways, if he needs it.

  • Question 1/8

    Your child's epinephrine shot should stay safely locked in the nurse's office.

  • Answer 1/8

    Your child's epinephrine shot should stay safely locked in the nurse's office.

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    The best place for your child's auto—injector is with him — not locked away somewhere. That way no time is wasted going to get it in an emergency. Have your child wear a medic alert bracelet, too, so that people know he carries epinephrine. Caregivers and teachers should also have a copy of your child's emergency action plan.

  • Question 1/8

    There’s no limit on how long you can keep an epinephrine injector.

  • Answer 1/8

    There’s no limit on how long you can keep an epinephrine injector.

    • You answered:
    • Correct Answer:

    Epinephrine doesn’t stay good forever. An expired dose of the drug might not work right. Keep track of the expiration dates on all your child’s injectors, and replace them before they expire. Take old, used, or discolored epinephrine to a doctor’s office or hospital to be thrown away.

  • Your Score:

    Share your score:
    0
    Share your score:
    Your Score:

    You correctly answered out of questions.

    Results:

    Great job. You know what you're doing when it comes to your child and anaphylaxis.

    Results:

    Pretty good. You know a lot about anaphylaxis but could do more to protect your child. Take the quiz again to keep learning.

    Results:

    Just OK. You may want to learn more about anaphylaxis so you're better prepared in case of an emergency. Why not take the quiz again?

Sources | Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on November 03, 2019 Medically Reviewed on November 03, 2019

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on
November 03, 2019

Image Provided by Westend61 / Getty Images

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI): "Tips to Remember: Food Allergy;"
"Tips to Remember: Anaphylaxis;" "Treatment of Anaphylaxis: Preparedness and Prevention;"
"Position Statement: Anaphylaxis in schools and other child-care settings."
Cleveland Clinic: "What Is Anaphylaxis?"
Sicherer, S. Pediatrics, March 2007.

This tool does not provide medical advice.
See additional information.