So what should you do if your child has a severe allergic reaction? Remain calm. Call 911 immediately, especially if your child is having trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any serious symptom. Have your child lie down with their feet elevated to prevent shock, and if your child stops breathing, start CPR.
When should I take my child to the ER for allergic reaction?
If you think your child may be having symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, you should call 911 immediately for your child to be taken to the emergency room.
Severe allergic reactions can cause:
- swelling of the face or throat.
- difficulty breathing.
- stomach pain.
- fainting (passing out)
What is the fastest way to treat an allergic reaction?
Fast facts on treating an allergic reaction:
- Most minor allergy symptoms can be treated with antihistamines, corticosteroids, or decongestants.
- Saline nasal rinses can be used for congestion-related allergy symptoms.
- Corticosteroid creams can treat skin rashes related to allergies.
What to do if a child has an allergic reaction in school?
Tell teachers, nurses, and other school staff about your child’s allergies. Work with the school and your allergist to create a detailed allergy plan. Many schools already have the outline in place. You just need to fill out the forms and have your doctor sign them.
What are two signs of anaphylaxis?
Symptoms of anaphylaxis
- feeling lightheaded or faint.
- breathing difficulties – such as fast, shallow breathing.
- a fast heartbeat.
- clammy skin.
- confusion and anxiety.
- collapsing or losing consciousness.
How do I know if my child has anaphylaxis?
What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis in a child?
- Tightness or swelling of the throat, tongue, or uvula. …
- Wheezing or trouble breathing.
- Uneasy feeling or agitation, a feeling of impending doom.
- Widespread hives.
- Severe itching of the skin.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Stomach pain.
- Heart failure.
Is Benadryl good for an allergic reaction?
When used over time, Benadryl continues to work to relieve symptoms of hay fever or allergies, runny nose, hives, and other conditions.
How long does an allergic reaction 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.
What is the best medicine for an allergic reaction?
Antihistamines. Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine or recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) that can block immune system chemicals activated during an allergic reaction. Corticosteroids.
Does a allergic reaction spread?
Mild reactions include local symptoms (affecting a specific area of your body) such as a rash or hives, itchiness, watery/red eyes, hay fever and runny nose. Mild reactions do not spread to other parts of your body. Moderate reactions include symptoms that spread to other parts of your body.
What stops itching fast?
How to relieve itchy skin
- Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the skin that itches. Do this for about five to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides.
- Take an oatmeal bath. …
- Moisturize your skin. …
- Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine.
- Apply cooling agents, such as menthol or calamine.
Can anaphylaxis go away on its own?
Anaphylactic reactions can vary greatly from person to person, or from one reaction to the next. The symptoms may get worse within only a few minutes. They then often stay at the same level of severity for a while and then go away again on their own.