What Should I Do If My Infant Has An Allergic Reaction?

It is normal to worry what you would do in case of an emergency, especially if you are the parent of a tiny, helpless infant. May parents wonder what they should do in the event the infant has an allergic reaction. The way a parent or caregiver should respond varies wildly depending on the type of allergic reaction taking place. Hopefully, the following overview of allergic reactions in infants will help you determine what to do if it happens to your baby.

Anaphylaxis Shock
If your infant is stung by a bee, bitten by a spider, or ingests some type of food or medicine that causes anaphylactic shock then you need to get to a hospital as fast as possible. The reason why is this type of allergic reaction progresses very rapidly and death can occur in a matter of minutes if medical attention is not sought. If you give your child a particular medicine and then notice his lips are swelling, he cant breathe well, and other symptoms then this is a sign he is having a severe allergic reaction and needs immediate medical care.

Other Allergies
Other allergies may cause your child to develop a rash, cry inconsolably, lost appetite, have a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and much more. If you notice these symptoms in your child you might wonder whether he is having an allergic reaction or whether he has a cold. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the two. Fortunately, if a few days pass and symptoms remain the same then it is more than likely your child has an allergy since colds and illnesses tend to clear up within a few days. An appointment should be scheduled with your childs pediatrician to determine what the allergy might be and the best forms of treatment.

No parent wants their child to suffer and an allergic reaction can do just that. However, if a parent knows their infant, pays attention to their actions and symptoms, and really tries to determine the problem at hand then treating an allergic reaction will be much easier. Of course, determining the cause of the allergic reaction may take some time and effort, but with a little dedication both parents and infants can survive allergies and treat them.

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