How Do You Treat Severe Allergic Reactions?
Your Emergency Plan
At some point, your allergic child will eat a forbidden food and have an allergy attack. Most parents of severely allergic kids know that being prepared means keeping on hand an infant or children's antihistamine, like Benadryl, or a prescription epinephrine injector at home, in the diaper bag, and at daycare or preschool as well. "Epinephrine gives you time to get to an emergency room for more care, because sometimes symptoms come back," explains Scott Sicherer, MD. It's a good idea to practice with training epinephrine injectors (the kits come with one) so you know what to do in an emergency. "The first time you use the injector shouldn't be the time you really need it," says Todd Green, MD. It's also important that everyone who's in regular contact with your child -- grandparents, weekend babysitter, nanny, daycare staff -- knows where to find the epinephrine injector, how to use it, and that they still need to call 911 after administering it. You might also outfit your child with MedicAlert bracelets that list his allergies.
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the March 2008 issue of American Baby magazine.
Updated May 2010
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