AAP: Provide Emergency Plan for Children with Severe Allergies
Monday, February 13, 2017
Clinicians should help develop a plan for families and schools to use in the case of allergy-related emergencies, said the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A child at risk of anaphylaxis should have a prescription for an epinephrine autoinjector for use in a community setting, as well as a written allergy and anaphylaxis plan at the beginning of each school year, wrote Julie Wang, MD, and colleagues for the AAP Section on Allergy and Immunology.
Writing in Pediatrics, they offered guidance about when a clinician should provide a written emergency plan for a child with known allergies who may be at risk of anaphylaxis, such as those reactive to foods or insect stings.
The AAP provided a sample plan for clinicians, which includes a photo of the child, along with the child's medical history, medication and dosing instructions, as well as pre-printed guidance about what constitutes a severe or mild allergic reaction.