A study to examine the circumstances of allergic reactions in pre- school age children

A three-year long study on 512 infants over five different sites looked at children with a documented or likely allergy to milk or egg, and collected data on any allergic reactions. They found that there was a high frequency of accidental and non-accidental reactions, and that the under treatment of severe reactions was a serious problem. Reasons for under treatment included fear of administering epinephrine injections, lack of access to epinephrine, and lack of recognition of the severity of the reactions. Areas for improved education are the need for constant vigilance, accurate reading of labels, prevention of cross-contamination, avoidance of non-accidental exposures and education of ALL caretakers.

Source: Pediatrics

First published in June 2012

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