Infographic: What to do when a child is having an allergic reaction
According to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy. However, a study recently published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, reports that less than 70 percent of parents of an allergic child recalled their allergist explaining when to use epinephrine.
Dr. Aaron Traeger, Advocate Children’s Medical Group pediatrician on staff at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., recommends that every parent, who has a child diagnosed with a food allergy, should have an allergy action plan.
“These are usually given out when the epinephrine injector is prescribed but this can be missed over the course of a busy office visit,” says Dr. Traeger. “It is important that every caregiver understands the plan and how use administer the medicines.”
Be safe and create your own allergy action plan by using the documents provided on the FARE website.
About the Author
Lynn Hutley, health enews contributor, is coordinator of public affairs and marketing at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital in central Illinois. Having grown up in a family-owned drug store, it is no surprise that Lynn has spent almost 18 years working in the health care industry. She has a degree in human resources management from Illinois State University and is always ready to tackle Trivia Night.