What if I have an allergic reaction?
Tell an adult and ask for help right away! Your doctor should give you a plan on paper that tells you what to do if you feel sick and you think you’re having a reaction. Ask your mom or dad where to find those directions. Remember to bring your emergency medicines like your EpiPen or Twinject with you everywhere. The important thing to remember is that you’ll be okay.
Why do I have an EpiPen?
If you have an EpiPen or Twinject, then it was given to you so you would have medicine with you all the time, just in case you need it in an allergic reaction. The medicine helps your body feel a lot better, so you can go to the doctor right away to get checked out. If you ever have to use your EpiPen or Twinject, always call 911 afterward.
Does an EpiPen hurt if I have to use it?
Yes, it will probably hurt for a few seconds. But then, you would start to feel A LOT better and you would probably be glad you followed your doctor’s directions.
Why do I have food allergies?
No one knows for sure why some people have food allergies and some don’t. Everyone’s bodies are different. Some people have eyes that don’t work very well, so they wear glasses to help them see. Some people are unable to walk, so they use a wheelchair to help them get around. Other people have trouble learning new things, so they work with special teachers. If you have food allergies, your body gets sick when you eat certain foods, so you have to read labels and ask questions to make sure you don’t eat those foods. If you feel different, talk to your mom or dad about it. Try to think of all the ways you are the SAME as other people!
Here are some other websites to go to to learn more…
- Watch this YouTube video, “Kids’ Allergies: Peanuts and Tree Nuts” by Melanie Lundheim.
- Here’s a website that explains more about allergic reactions and living with food allergies: Kids Health
- Learn more about tree nut and peanut allergies on the Kids Health website.
- Learn more about egg allergies on the Kids Health website.
- See an animation of what happens in the body during an allergic reaction on FAAN’s website.
- See a slideshow explaining “What is a Food Allergy?”
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