From Asthma To Anaphylaxis: Food Allergy Symptoms
When your child deals with a food allergy, it’s essential that the people who care for them are able to spot symptoms. In many cases, symptoms that are the start of anaphylaxis are mistaken for asthma, and the situation is not taken nearly as seriously as necessary. This was the basis for Elijah’s Law, a New York state law passed after a 3-year-old named Elijah-Alavi Silvera (allergic to dairy) died after being fed a grilled cheese sandwich. Daycare workers assumed that Elijah was experiencing asthma, and did not correctly assess the severity of the situation. Elijah’s Law calls for child care workers to go through proper education and training on food allergy safety.
In addition to trouble breathing, food allergy symptoms can include swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, dizziness, itching of the face or mouth, vomiting, abdominal pain, and more. It’s important that your child knows their allergy symptoms so that they can let an adult know right away if they think they may be having a reaction. It’s also a good idea to talk with your pediatrician about reaction symptoms that your child hasn’t experienced yet, but could experience in the future.
The thought of anaphylaxis can be terrifying, and it’s important that you’re fully prepared in the event that your child experiences such symptoms. It’s also key that educators and other caretakers understand the difference between asthma and anaphylaxis, and teaching others about the importance of Elijah’s Law is a vital part of the education process. If your child suffers from food allergies, talking to their teachers and school administrators about the importance of passing Elijah’s Law across the country is a key step to protecting the food allergy community