As a parent of a child with food allergies, you’ve probably wondered when will he/she be ready to carry epinephrine and/or self-treat anaphylaxis? The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) reviewed this issue in a recent article. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA), a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) summarized the article, identified an age range and posed the following questions:
- Can your child use a training device to show you how to use the auto-injector correctly?
- Can she recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis?
- Is your child comfortable carrying epinephrine at all times in a waist belt, backpack, purse or other carrier?
- Does he express confidence he can self-inject in an emergency?
- Does your child suffer from any developmental delays, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder or depression?
- Lastly, does your child have a previous history of anaphylaxis?
Read more here to read the full article and better decide if your child is ready to carry epinephrine and/or self-treat anaphylaxis.