First Aid for Severe Allergic Reactions

Severe allergic reactions, also known as anaphylaxis, require immediate first aid. Learning about this topic and how to respond quickly are very important for parents and caregivers.  When a child has had a previous reaction, he may benefit from keeping medication such as epinephrine injectors (Epipen or AuviQ) or diphenhydramine syrup (Benadryl) nearby at all times.

The injectors often come with a practice or trainer injector and links to video instructions that should be used by all caregivers as soon as the injectors are prescribed.  They come in a two-pack that is intended for one episode, in effect, giving a second dose if symptoms have not resolved 15 minutes after the first dose.  If your child has such a dual pack, please do not split up the injectors and call us if you prefer extra prescriptions to keep a pack at multiple locations rather than keeping the pack with your child at all times.  This link provides more information.

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