Top Tips for Dealing With Children's Allergies

Dr. Karen Latimer explains best ways for parents to avoid allergic reactions.
4:27 | 01/09/12

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The recent tragic death of a seven year old girl from a peanut allergy. Has called into question the school's responsibility when it comes to children and allergies so for parents of allergic kids -- you do. -- protect your child when they're at school when joining us to discuss this -- Democrat commissioner and author of the blog yes five dot net. If doctor Karen Latimer -- Latimer thanks for being with us today. This case is so heartbreaking what happened. This is a tragedy of monumental proportions truly I think it probably could have been avoided it's just makes me so. Incredibly sad but this little girl. Has known food allergies -- severe food allergies. She was at school another child gave her some -- likely we don't know with probably peanut product candidate -- in the severity of her reaction. And she went into and a -- the shock and and and died. And eight at seven years old. And what would some of the symptoms that you she displayed her other people that they have not or shellfish -- have. -- so I don't know exactly what she displayed but my guess would be. Sort of what would be typical. Initially some mild symptoms like me be runny nose -- -- rash some -- and GI upset people often it will have diarrhea first and then. Often very quickly it can worsen. Rapidly and start having -- of breath wheezing -- decrease in blood pressure and decrease in the hiring. So visit and there's a lot of question right now and has a lot of discussions going on in schools and parents in communities all across the country. About the responsibility of schools to -- on the -- and amp B and what isn't at the -- An -- and is basically an injection that carries a pre and measured dose -- Ephron. Which in the case of an out of -- reaction is lifesaving. Denise me injected so I know people are little fearful of of that but it will save a life if somebody has an on -- and actually uses. Is it difficult to use now it's actually have one thing yeah we're America let's sit because I think like you said a lot of -- would be hesitant especially when you care for someone else's child it's one thing if he were to give them. -- on the for a headache and had an upset stomach it's another thing when you're starting to inject the child. Right but you also have to remember that you're only doing this in the instance -- severe reaction so you aren't and that's -- situationally you're thinking seeking -- thinking and 11. It's an emergency situation. I have to believe that any. School nurse or any school administrators should know how to do this and would be able to do it in that -- simple to use it's so simple use I mean really truly idiot proof. This is an actual beat Canada could only into doses -- and junior or at U Penn. Which would be for adults so it's not -- specific to a child two doses only. So a child and always get this goes this is the actual pen itself as a training Patton okay so here take this went -- -- the safety Aaron. Just grant with your best right here now I'm Renee and actually getting give you want you without -- -- like heart and hold of ten seconds heart. That. 102 and that's -- have to do that's delivering medication and that would save my life and I were in fact having an allergic for. So something so simple like this and use. Get it in one of the of the things is that you know people are wondering what are some of the tips that parents can have when they can talk with their school administrators -- -- nurses summit that the school to have this kind of conversation -- a guest please inject my child if something like this happens. Right well I mean that's the parents responsibility and first and foremost mission -- their child knows not to if the -- has known for analogies not to eat. Food and other children give them that you obviously educate the -- -- most important. But then the caregivers the school's staff they always know that this child has allergies and -- have the medication. Available and this is not helping a child at school if this medication sitting -- -- Is only helping about the school and -- not gonna help if it's expired doesn't want her parents have to do with the expiration dates of that medications. To make sure that their child that they don't -- people don't know -- -- -- analogy bracelet an -- alert bracelet. But most importantly that people who. Are near that -- have this medication and know how to use it. Some some potentially life saving tips and lessons and I think every school frankly should be -- should have these anyway and I hope and pray that that's we'll did not have -- -- and sitting in endorse the winner because it would be like looking -- a drowning child and not -- -- -- life preserver. Because like -- belong to many sparking a lot of discussion some great information I apologize if I gave Munich and represented I gotta have accused him I'm I'd like I don't be silly and this -- This is the reason the people -- for -- accident -- so afraid to get -- -- -- and find it doesn't -- anything can be saving a life obviously well -- you would think -- -- -- thank you so much for being with us.

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