What do I do if my child has an allergic reaction?

Contact a doctor if your child has an allergic reaction that is more than mild or concerns you. If the symptoms are mild, give an antihistamine by mouth such as diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl).

When should I take my child to the doctor for an allergic reaction?

Seek ER treatment if the rash is accompanied by any of the following: Shortness of breath. Skin peeling away or blisters in the mouth. Swelling or tightness in the throat.

What happens when a child has an allergic reaction?

The baby or child may develop a rash, itchiness or swelling on their hands, feet or face. Their breathing may slow down. They may also vomit or have diarrhoea. Common causes of allergic reactions are pollen, stings and bites, latex and some food items, such as nuts, shellfish, eggs or dairy products.

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Should I take my child to the ER for an allergic reaction?

Go to the emergency room, even if symptoms improve after epinephrine. Your child must be under medical supervision for several hours. This is because a second wave of serious symptoms (called a biphasic reaction) can happen. Your child can get more treatment at the emergency room, if needed.

What can I give my baby for an allergic reaction?

If your baby shows signs of a severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis:

  1. Lay baby flat in your arms. Never hold them upright, and do not let them stand or walk.
  2. Immediately administer epinephrine with an auto-injector (EpiPen or AuviQ) if available.
  3. Urgently call 911.

Should I take my child to the ER for hives?

Call 911 if your child:

Has sudden hives with swelling in the face, difficulty breathing or coughing, dizziness, or fainting. Has hives after being exposed to a substance that caused a serious allergic reaction before.

What are the 4 types of allergic reactions?

Four different types of allergic reactions are immediate, cytotoxic, immune-complex mediated and delayed hypersensitivity reactions. Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system has a reaction to a substance it sees as harmful, called an allergen.

When should you go to hospital for allergic reaction?

Allergic reactions should be taken seriously. We recommend being seen by a doctor for any allergic reactions that concern you. Symptoms that should prompt an immediate emergency room visit include any difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat or mouth, difficulty swallowing and lightheadedness.

Do allergic reactions require emergency help?

Most allergic reactions are mild, but occasionally a severe reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can occur. This is a medical emergency and needs urgent treatment.

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Do allergic reactions require emergency help immediately?

Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and asthma attacks need emergency first aid. If your doctor says you are at risk of a severe allergic reaction, be sure to carry a device to inject adrenaline (such as an EpiPen® or Anapen®) and a mobile phone to call for help.

Can kids take Benadryl?

While it is true that Benadryl is a common treatment used in adults and older children, diphenhydramine but can be dangerous for children under two years old. And after two it should be used carefully with a doctor’s advice on frequency and dosage. Therefore, Benadryl is not safe for infants as a general rule.

Is Benadryl good for allergic reaction?

An antihistamine pill, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), isn’t sufficient to treat anaphylaxis. These medications can help relieve allergy symptoms, but work too slowly in a severe reaction.

What are the stages of an allergic reaction?

The human body carries out an allergic cascade in three stages: sensitization, “early-phase,” and “late-phase.”

How long do allergic reactions last?

You usually don’t get a reaction right away. It can take anywhere from a few hours to 10 days. Typically, it takes from 12 hours to 3 days. Even with treatment, symptoms can last 2 to 4 weeks.

How do you flush allergens out of your system?

Keep yourself hydrated. “While your body is purging the allergen food from it is system, the best thing you can do is drink plenty of fluids,” Zeitlin says. Water is always a good idea, but you can also sip on low calorie sports drinks to replenish the electrolytes you’re likely losing, Zeitlin says.

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What can I give my 1 year old for an allergic reaction?

Benadryl or Zyrtec is only recommended in infants who are having a mild reaction such as localized hives, redness. Benadryl or Zyrtec will not stop anaphylaxis from happening. Only epinephrine can stop anaphylaxis.