Share important information
The best way to protect a child from a serious allergic reaction is through awareness and prevention. Knowing the signs of an allergic reaction, and sharing this information with others is one of the best ways to keep children with food allergies safe.
While constant vigilance is key, there are still many opportunities when accidental ingestion of food allergens may occur. Always make sure caregivers, teachers, friends, and family members are aware of the warning signs, and know the procedures to follow based on your physicianâ€™s recommendations.
Signs of an allergic reaction:
|Mouth||itching, swelling of the lips, tongue, or mouth|
|Throat||itching, tightness, hoarseness, or hacking cough|
|Skin||hives, itchy rash, swelling of face, or extremities|
|Stomach||nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea|
|Lungs||shortness of breath, repetitive coughing, or wheezing|
|Heart||weak pulse, fainting, or feelings of dizziness|
The severity of these symptoms can change quickly, and each of the reactions listed above can potentially progress into a life-threatening situation. Always have an emergency action plan in place and make sure all caregivers understand the protocol as directed by your doctor.