A food allergic reaction can vary from mild to severe and typically takes place shortly after eating or exposure. All reactions require immediate attention. But with severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis, minutes matter.
As kids head back to school and begin new activities, it’s important for EVERYONE to become familiar with the symptoms of anaphylaxis and what it language a young child might use to describe it.
Some of the symptoms of a severe reaction are obvious: hives, vomiting, coughing. But for others, we need to rely on verbal clues. Young children may describe an allergic reaction a little differently than adults would.
Should you suspect that your child, or one in your care, is experiencing anaphylaxis, act immediately:
- Administer epinephrine, holding pen for 5-10 seconds in meaty part of outer thigh.
- Call 911.
- Contact parents.
Minutes matter when it comes to treating anaphylaxis. Knowing the symptoms and the different ways it might be described will help you save a life.