Children's food allergies need vigilance

June 25, 2012 2:05:04 PM PDT
Experts are calling for more vigilance when it comes to protecting children from life threatening food allergies.

A new study finds babies with serious allergic reactions to milk or egg often don't get prompt treatment, despite their caretakers having been given medicine to counter the attacks.

As many as 72 percent of the children had an allergic reaction during the study.

Of the 11 percent who had severe attacks less than a third got epinephrine or a shot with an EpiPen.

Experts say parents need to be educated that the shots are safe and they work.

Also, if they are in doubt in an emergency they should use it anyway because nothing bad will happen from that.


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