An epinephrine auto-injector is always safe to give your child if they’re having a severe allergic reaction, because it contains the exact dose of the medicine your child needs. Even if you think your child “doesn’t need” the EpiPen at this time, it still won’t do any harm to inject.
Can Epipens be used on babies?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first and only epinephrine autoinjector (EAI) specifically designed for the treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in infants and children weighing 16.5 to 33 pounds (7.5 to 15 kg), according to a company statement.
When should I give my baby an EpiPen?
Epinephrine Uses: When to Give an EpiPen Shot
Your child has one severe symptom, including breathing problems, tightness in the throat, feeling faint or having a weak pulse, swelling of the tongue or lips, hives over the whole body, or severe diarrhea or vomiting.
Can a baby have anaphylaxis?
Common signs of anaphylaxis in babies include vomiting, diarrhea, crankiness, fast heartbeat, hives and swelling of the lips, eyes or other parts of the body. Other signs include shortness of breath, trouble breathing, wheezing (whistling sound while breathing) and dizziness.
Do signs of anaphylaxis always present within minutes?
Anaphylaxis can occur within minutes. It mostly occurs within 20 minutes to 2 hours after exposure to the allergen. Signs and symptoms may be mild at first, but can rapidly worsen.
What happens if you use an EpiPen without needing it?
Accidental Epinephrine Injections & the Consequences:
An accidental intravenous injection (which is very rare and would be fairly difficult to do on accident), is especially dangerous and can lead to hypertension and/or heart problems.
What is the alternative to EpiPen?
Now there are a variety of EpiPen alternatives available on the market: Adrenaclick. Auvi-Q. Symjepi.
What to do if a baby has an allergic reaction?
If your baby shows signs of a severe allergic reaction/anaphylaxis:
- Lay baby flat in your arms. Never hold them upright, and do not let them stand or walk.
- Immediately administer epinephrine with an auto-injector (EpiPen or AuviQ) if available.
- Urgently call 911.
How do you treat an allergic reaction in an infant?
Treating Allergies in Babies and Toddlers
- Pills or liquids called antihistamines to ease skin rashes or a runny nose.
- Inhalers to use when your child has trouble breathing.
- An EpiPen for emergency treatment of a life-threatening reaction.
- Administering peanut immunotherapy drops under the tongue.
What can I give my baby for an allergic reaction?
Contact a doctor if your child has an allergic reaction that is more than mild or concerns you. If the symptoms are mild, give an antihistamine by mouth such as diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl).
Is my newborn having an allergic reaction?
If you suspect your baby may be having a serious reaction, call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room. Symptoms may include: mood changes, including crankiness or inconsolability. vomiting.
What does an allergic reaction look like on a baby?
So what does an allergy rash look like on a baby? A baby allergy rash can manifest in different ways, but the two most common signs are hives and eczema. As mentioned above, hives usually show up as pink blotchy welts, while eczema appears as red, dry, flaky patches. Both rashes are itchy.