If your child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening allergy, don’t leave the doctor’s office without a clear understanding of how to administer epinephrine and when to use it. You should also have a written emergency food allergy action plan from your doctor for both home and school. A large study found that less than 70 percent of parents recalled their allergists explaining when to use epinephrine and less than 40 percent said their pediatricians provided this information. Even fewer recalled being shown how to use epinephrine or being given a written emergency action plan by their allergists and pediatricians.
February 24th, 2017
If a child with a food allergy has a life-threatening reaction, parents need to know how to act, but many say doctors aren’t teaching them when and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector.
Physicians also aren’t providing a written emergency food allergy action plan for home and school.