Frequently asked questions
If your child has an EpiPen then this should be administered, but only if you know how to use it correctly. Regardless of whether it has been administered or not, call 999 and you will be advised on what to do next. It is often recommended that you call 999 even when an EpiPen has been administered too.
A child is allowed to carry their own inhalers but it is advised that they are able to use it properly and not misuse it. This is up to the discretion of the school nurse or parents. It is advised for schools to have back up nebulisers in case of emergencies but it is not a legal requirement. Sometimes a child may keep their inhalers in the medical office at a school.
It is a severe allergic reaction to something and it can be life-threatening. When a child is experiencing an anaphylactic shock they might experience lightheadedness, issues breathing, increased heart rate, sweats, anxiety & confusion or possibly losing consciousness.
Triggers include alcohol, smoking, mould, exercise, colds & flu, specific foods, dust, weather, pollution, stress, sex, animals, female hormones and more…
As well as the physical symptoms and restrictions of having allergies there are emotional effects too. Sometimes having an allergy can be embarrassing for a child. It is important to reassure children that everyone faces some kind of challenge, whether that’s wearing glasses, having learning difficulties etc.
If they are older it is important to involve them in their medication and treatment of their allergy to give them some control.
The way in which a child deals with their allergies can depend on a variety of things, like their age, character, what allergies they have and how much support they have. A child’s friends should be made aware of their allergies so that they know what to look out for and make sure that they don't share food that might hurt them. Children should also be made aware of the signs of an allergic reaction in other children so that they know when to call a teacher for help.
Documents & other resources
This is a quick reminder of what you should do in an emergency if a child is having a seizure.
A little reminder of the most common symptoms of a mild or moderate allergic reaction, so you know what to look out for in a child with allergies.