Monday, April 09, 2018 12:26 PM

LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIC REACTIONS RISING IN CHILDREN

Regardless of cost or controversy, What we dont want anyone to do is say, because the cost is going up, maybe be less vigilant, Dr. Haywood said. Because were seeing a doubling of the incidence, its even more important youre vigilant on this particular issue.

Guidelines for parents[1] were published in March in JAMA. Its possible that the increased incidence of emergency room visits may in part be good news; parents may be watching more closely, noting early signs of possible anaphylaxis, using their EpiPens (anyone who uses one needs to be seen immediately in an emergency room, in case the reaction recurs or continues).

Severe reactions can happen at any time, said Dr. Anna Volerman, an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics at University of Chicago Medicine who was the lead author of an article[2] summarizing current clinical guidelines for peanut allergy prevention, also published in JAMA in March. Because parents generally make changes in the home to keep the risky substances away from the child, most allergic ...

News source: The New York Times

See also: Nashville ENT