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The signs of an allergic reaction in your child

Whether you’re a new parent, or have yet to face your child suffering an allergic reaction, it’s extremely important that you identify the signs of one. This will help you offer immediate care to your child. It will also alert you to contact emergency services as soon as possible for the safety and wellbeing of your loved one. Here is an explanation of the signs of an allergic reaction in your child and what you should do.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction

In most cases, you can expect your child to experience the following:

  • Itching
  • Red skin
  • Swelling
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Hives on the body

In severe cases, look for the following:

  • Swelling around the mouth
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Belly pain or vomiting
  • Trouble speaking or swallowing
  • Dizziness

If you notice any of these serious symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. If they are having trouble breathing, call emergency services right away. For a child with a history of an allergic reaction and you have an epinephrine (like an EpiPen) then immediately administer it as directed.

However, if this is the first time you’ve seen your child suffering an allergic reaction, contact emergency services immediately. Take note of what your child consumed. This will become vital information to help you identify your child’s allergies.

Preventing an allergic reaction

Allergies can develop at virtually any age, so it’s impossible to completely avoid your child experiencing an allergic reaction. Instead, you could consider taking your child to have an allergy test. This might need to be repeated in the future to catch any newly-developed allergies.

Below, is an infographic that will explain more about what you should know about children and allergies.

Infographic: Regis’s Online DNP Program

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