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What is the treatment for anaphylaxis in children?

The treatment of anaphylaxis involves removing the allergen and giving an injection of a medicine called epinephrine into the thigh muscle.

Epinephrine is the gold standard for treatment of anaphylaxis. The medication should be injected in the outer thigh as soon as anaphylactic symptoms are recognized. Epinephrine is given in the emergency room (ER), but it can also be given at home using an epinephrine auto-injection, such as an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. (The dosing is different for children and adults.) If an EpiPen is used, it is important to seek medical attention immediately after injection.

Sometimes, at the hospital, epinephrine is given through a vein (IV). The patient may also get fluids and antihistamines, but these should not replace epinephrine.

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