Babysitting: Dealing With Allergic Reactions

Babysitting: Dealing With Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions usually are due to foods, medicine, insect stings, pets, pollen, and a few other substances. Most of these reactions aren't serious.

However, serious allergic reactions do happen and can be life threatening. They should be treated immediately.

Possible signs of a mild allergic reaction:

Possible signs of a serious allergic reaction:

What to Do

If a child has an allergic reaction:

Be Prepared

Knowing a few things in advance can help you prevent allergic reactions — or treat them if they do happen:

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: June 2013





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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