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The Language of a Food Allergic Reaction September 11, 2017

A food allergic reaction can vary from mild to severe and typically takes place shortly after eating or exposure.  All reactions require immediate attention.  But with severe allergic reactions, called anaphylaxis, minutes matter.

 

As kids head back to school and begin new activities, it’s important for EVERYONE to become familiar with the symptoms of anaphylaxis and what it language a young child might use to describe it.

 

Symptoms of Severe reaction

Some of the symptoms of a severe reaction are obvious: hives, vomiting, coughing.  But for others, we need to rely on verbal clues.  Young children may describe an allergic reaction a little differently than adults would.

 

Language of Food Allergic Reaction

 

Should you suspect that your child, or one in your care, is experiencing anaphylaxis, act immediately:

  1. Administer epinephrine, holding pen for 5-10 seconds in meaty part of outer thigh.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Contact parents.

 

Minutes matter when it comes to treating anaphylaxis.  Knowing the symptoms and the different ways it might be described will help you save a life.

 

 

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  2. It sure helped me out when you said that one of the signs of a food allergic reaction is if the person is feeling like their mouth is itchy, accompanied by a tightness and slurring of words. I witness my brother experience that when he ate shrimps. It was good that it does not get worse than that. But I am glad that I came across this and realized that this is because of his allergies. We need to take him to the professional to see if anything can be done.

    • malawer Says:

      I’m so happy this helped identify your brother’s allergy. I’m sorry he experiences this – it must be uncomfortable. Definitely tell his doctor about this so they can help further. Best wishes and thank you so much for writing!

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