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What is anaphylaxis in children?

Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in progression and can cause death.  Food, medication, insect stings and latex are the common causes of anaphylaxis.  Children with a history of allergies and asthma are at higher risk for developing anaphylaxis and it is very important that they keep an Epipen (self-injectable epinephrine) with them at all times.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Children with severe allergies can develop a sudden, life-threatening reaction to an allergen called anaphylaxis. The most common triggers are peanuts and bee stings. Anaphylaxis involves many different systems of the body, but, most severely, it causes airways to close and fluid to leak out of the bloodstream into the tissues of the body (it's like drowning). Those suffering this type of reaction need immediate medical attention in the form of a shot of epinephrine (adrenaline) to help open the airways and stop the leakage of fluid. While some reactions happen immediately, anaphylaxis can also occur up to two hours after being exposed to an allergen.
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