Tuesday, February 14, 2017 02:00 AM

NEEDED: AN 'ACTION PLAN' FOR KIDS PRONE TO SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When kids are at risk of severe allergic[1] reactions, all their caregivers should have a written action plan and epinephrine auto-injectors readily available, according to new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The reports include a new "universal" action plan for doctors to give parents, to help ensure they're ready to manage a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis[2].

Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe allergic reaction[3] that affects multiple organs in the body. The symptoms include swelling of the throat, lips and tongue; trouble breathing[4] and swallowing; chest tightness; vomiting[5], and hives[6] or skin rash[7].

It's an emergency and needs to be quickly treated with an auto-injection of epinephrine, said ...

News source: MedicineNet

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