Does Your Child's School Know What To Do?
If your child has food allergies, it is important to work with your child's doctor and your child's school to develop a written emergency plan.
What is food anaphylaxis?
Food anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction, which can involve the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system. It is potentially fatal. Most life-threatening reactions in children and adolescents are caused by peanuts or tree nuts.
Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptom vary depending on the child. Common symptom of an allergic reaction include:
Your child may display one symptom or many when experiencing food anaphylaxis. The main thing is to determine when emergency action is necessary.
Your child's emergency plan
Because you know your child best, work with your child's pediatrician, family doctor or allergist to determine what should be done if your child is thought to be have ingested a food he or she is allergic to.
Some physicians recommend treatment (usually a dose of epinephrine and antihistamine) before symptoms occur; others prefer to wait for a reaction before treating. You and your child's doctor need to determine the best course of action based on our child's medical history and your preference.
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