An allergic reaction is an excessive response from your child's immune system to a medicine, chemical, food, insect bite, or other substance. A reaction can range from mild to life-threatening. Some children have a mild rash, hives, and itching or stomach cramps. In severe reactions, swelling of your child's tongue and throat can close up the airway so that your child cannot breathe.
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 giving an epinephrine shot call 911, even if your child feels better.
Call 911 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:
February 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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