Allergic reactions can
be triggered by foods, medicines, pets, insect stings, pollen, and other things. Most
allergic reactions aren't serious. But severe
reactions can be life-threatening and need immediate medical care.
Contact a doctor if your child has an allergic reaction that is more than mild
or concerns you.
If the symptoms are mild, give an antihistamine by mouth such as diphenhydramine
(such as Benadryl).
If the symptoms are severe and you have injectable epinephrine (such as EpiPen),
use it as directed right away and call 911 for emergency medical
Help kids avoid anything they're allergic to, and keep an oral antihistamine available.
If your child has a severe allergy or has had a severe reaction, be sure the injectable
epinephrine is on-hand at all times (including at school). You, your child (if old
enough), and anyone who cares for your child know how to use it.