"Anaphylaxis is a whole chemical cascade that goes in your body when you have a severe allergic reaction to things," says Dr. Jeff Bennett, D.O., FAAP of KidMed. "Allergic reactions can be highly variable."
Dr. Bennett says allergic reactions can run the whole gamut from mild to more severe. It can be a skin reaction (like hives), runny eyes, upper respiratory runny nose, coughing -- all the way down to lower respiratory wheezing, explains Dr. Bennett. "All the way to the most severe, which is the throat closing up, the chest closing up, and just getting a lot of wheezing and swelling of the lips and tongue."
The most important thing he can tell parents is what they can do at home. "Well, if you have a known allergic reaction and your child takes something, and you start seeing a couple of these manifestations and you have an EpiPen® -- use it," says Dr. Bennett. "The biggest mistake people can make is not using the EpiPen®. But, once you use it, you need to go seek medical attention,"
"We see kids with severe allergic reactions and more moderate and mild allergic reactions almost everyday here at KidMed," says Dr.
Bennett. "Just the other day, we had to give one child two doses of intramuscular epinephrine. They still were having problems. So
some kids need IV fluids, IV Benadryl, IV steroids and breathing treatments, and so, it runs the whole gamut from mild -- just need
a little Benadryl -- to the severe length of that child."
"We can monitor them here. They have to be watched for hours and hours, to make sure that they are doing well, before they are able
to make sure that they're stable and able to go," says Dr. Bennett.
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