Our article yesterday entitled “Epinephrine First, Period” struck a chord with many people who were uncertain when to administer epinephrine when anaphylaxis is suspected.
The article triggered a flurry of questions, the majority of which can be summarized this way: “How do I know whether my child is suffering a mild reaction or full-blown anaphylaxis?”
The answer may depend upon your child’s individual allergies, their history of reactions, whether you suspect they may have ingested one of their allergens and a host of other factors which must be discussed with your child’s doctor.
Given you have had this discussion and your child’s doctor concurs, Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has done a wonderful job distilling the decision making process down to a series of symbols and short descriptions that take the guess-work out of determining when to administer epinephrine. These come directly from their Emergency Care Plan which we strongly urge you file with your child’s school, camp, after-school activities, etc.