Living with a severe allergy is a constant challenge. If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy, you understand how important it is to always be prepared for an unexpected reaction. This is especially true during the school year, when you may not be with your child to protect him during a food allergy reaction.
This is why it’s important to create a protocol of action to let other adults know how to react if your child is exposed to a severe allergen. A protocol can help ensure that the appropriate treatment occurs as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Consuming even a small number of peanuts can cause the immune system to overreact if your child has a severe peanut allergy. While minor symptoms include stomach ache and hives, life-threatening reactions include trouble breathing and swallowing, swelling of the tongue, and loss of consciousness.
These severe reactions, known as anaphylaxis, and can occur minutes to hours after peanuts or peanut products have been consumed. Mild reactions can be treated with an antihistamine like Benadryl, but anaphylaxis must be treated with a doctor-prescribed epinephrine, or Epipen. If no Epipen is on hand, or the symptoms quickly return, your child should be immediately taken to the emergency room for treatment. Continue reading “Food Allergies 101: How to Set Protocols to Protect Your Children”