Allergic reactions.

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Child safety, Family safety, First aid for children | Comments Off on Allergic reactions.

Fortunately many allergic reactions are mild. But, a mild reaction can become severe very quickly, so you need to know how to act.

Signs of a mild reaction:

  • sneezing
  • stuffy nose
  • itching of the skin
  • rash or hives

Signs of a severe reaction:

  • shortness of breath
  • tightness and swelling in the throat
  • swelling of the tongue, mouth, nose
  • nausea and vomiting
  • blueness around the lips and mouth
  • dizziness
  • fainting

What to do:

  1. Check for breathing
  2. Seek immediate medical help
  3. If the child has his or her own epinephrine pen, help them to administer it