Is your child ready for self care of anaphylaxis? 

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.

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