Allergic Living has posted an excellent article in response to the tragic death of Natalie Giorgi, the 13 year old girl who suffered a fatal bout of anaphylaxis after biting into a treat made with peanut butter.
The article provides commentary from two authorities in the field of allergy: Dr Robert Wood, Director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, and Dr. Susan Waserman, an allergist and professor of medicine at McMaster University in Canada. Both doctors provide their views regarding why three doses of epinephrine failed to save Natalie and both give advice on how to treat possible exposures moving forward.
In the wake of Natalie’s death, parents have been confused regarding when to administer epinephrine and there has been much speculation regarding the proper administration of antihistamines. We encourage all parents of children with food allergies to read the article on the Allergic Living site by clicking here, then discuss the article with their child’s physician.