How to Tell Severity of Kids' Food Allergy Reactions
Carers of children with food allergies must be able to tell the difference between a mild or moderate allergic reaction, and a severe reaction anaphylaxis (which is life-threatening). Without this knowledge, the child’s life can be put in danger, because anaphylaxis requires an urgent injection of adrenaline (with an EpiPen or AnaPen).
The following lists provide a summary of the symptoms of mild to moderate allergic reactions and a severe reaction (anaphylaxis).
Signs of a mild to moderate allergic reaction (listed in order of frequency of symptoms in cases):
Swelling of the lips, eyes or face
Vomiting and abdominal pain
Signs of anaphylaxis — any of the preceding signs together with any one of the following (listed in order of frequency of symptoms in cases):
Wheezing or noisy breathing
Loss of consciousness or collapse
Pale and floppy (infants and young children)