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When your child has a shellfish allergy and eats shellfish, your child's body reacts as if shellfish are trying to cause harm. It fights back by setting off an allergic reaction. A mild reaction may include a few raised, red, itchy patches of skin (called hives). A severe reaction may cause hives all over, swelling in the throat, trouble breathing, nausea or vomiting, or fainting. This is called anaphylaxis (say "ANN-uh-fuh-LAK-suss"). It can be deadly.
A good way to prevent your child's allergic reaction is to avoid the foods that cause it. Shellfish might be used as ingredients in surimi (imitation shellfish, which is often found in sushi) and fish sauce. An allergy doctor or a dietitian may be able to help you understand which foods will be okay and what to avoid. Learn what to do if your child has a reaction.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Give an epinephrine shot if:
After you give an epinephrine shot, call 911, even if your child feels better.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 7, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Lora J. Stewart MD - Allergy and Immunology & Thomas Emmett Francoeur MD MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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