An allergic reaction is your child’s immune system responding to a substance that causes an excessive response in their body. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe and life-threatening, which is why it’s important to get your child tested for allergies so that you know exactly how to handle an allergic reaction. Dr. Bayo Atolagbe and Dr. George Onyia at Starlight Pediatric Primary and Urgent Care in Casa Grande, AZ, can help you handle an allergic reaction in your child.
Handling Allergic Reactions
If your child suffers from allergies, they can have different reactions, depending on how severe their allergy is. If their allergy is mild, they may just have a small rash, itching, or stomach cramps. In more severe reactions, your child’s throat and tongue may swell and close up their airways, making it hard to breathe. It’s important not to panic during an allergic reaction, but to be prepared to handle it.
The first step to being prepared for allergic reactions is by getting allergy testing from your Casa Grande, AZ, pediatrician. This will help you know what allergens to avoid, making it less common for your child to have an allergic reaction. Your pediatrician may recommend an over-the-counter antihistamine for mild symptoms. You can also place ice packs on any hives or swelling that your child may be dealing with.
If your child has a severe reaction, you may need to first give them a shot of epinephrine. After giving them their shot, you should always be sure to visit your pediatrician after a severe reaction to be sure that their symptoms don’t return.
Contact Your Pediatrician Today!
Don’t panic when your child has an allergic reaction, be prepared! Contact Dr. Atolagbe and Dr. Onyia at Starlight Pediatric Primary and Urgent Care in Casa Grande, AZ, to learn more about allergic reactions and how you can avoid them in your child. Call for more information today at (520) 510-0087.