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Ask the allergist – September 2022


Dr. Julia Upton
Dr. Julia Upton

Ask the allergist is an everyday characteristic in our newsletters the place Canadian allergists reply your questions!

Dr. Julia Upton is on employees on the Hospital for Sick Kids within the Immunology and Allergy Division; and an Affiliate Professor within the Division of Paediatrics on the College of Toronto. She is the previous Part Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Meals Allergy Part of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Medical Immunology. Dr. Upton can also be a member of our Healthcare Advisory Board.

Please observe: Dr. Upton is answering as a person allergist and her solutions don’t represent an official place of her affiliated organizations. Her responses are for informational functions solely and don’t represent particular medical recommendation, suggestions, prognosis, or therapy. Please discuss to your physician about any considerations or questions you could have relating to your individual well being or the well being of your youngster.

This month she solutions questions on addressing a baby’s concern about using their epinephrine auto-injector, and treating an allergic response throughout being pregnant.

Q1. How can I tackle my 8-year-old daughter’s considerations about her epinephrine auto-injector? She’s afraid of it.


There are a number of issues you are able to do to ease your daughter’s considerations and assist tackle any concern or anxiousness she could also be feeling about using a tool.

First, order an epinephrine auto-injector coaching machine for follow (they don’t include remedy or a needle). That is one thing that I recurrently counsel to households.

Personally, I’ve advised youngsters, “For those who had an allergic response and docs had been with you, have you learnt what they might do? They’d use epinephrine. With an epinephrine auto-injector, you could have the very best remedy for treating anaphylaxis proper there and it’s prepared to make use of. Let’s follow with the coach.”

It’s also possible to give a baby a unique perspective by practising on one other particular person, or perhaps a doll or stuffed animal. With some youngsters, it may be much less scary for them to follow serving to another person. If they don’t need to maintain the coach, they’ll get used to it by telling somebody easy methods to do it. For instance, a mum or dad can maintain the machine and the kid can inform them easy methods to apply it to themselves. 

Common follow with a coach may also help mother and father, youngsters, and others turn out to be aware of it.

For extra info

Watch recordings of our Fb Dwell classes for households: Utilizing epinephrine auto-injectors for treating anaphylaxis and instructing youngsters to make use of them with Dr. Julia Upton (English) and Dr. Philippe Bégin (French).

Dr. Julia UptonFb Dwell with Dr. Julia Upton (English)
Dr. BeginFrench Fb Dwell with Dr. Philippe Bégin (French)

Q2. How do you deal with an allergic response throughout being pregnant? Is it protected to make use of epinephrine?

Pregnant woman smiling

Sure, an epinephrine auto-injector can be utilized throughout being pregnant to deal with anaphylaxis. In being pregnant, we take further vigilance in decreasing the probabilities of an allergic response. For instance, if an individual is present process allergen immunotherapy like allergy photographs, we don’t improve their immunotherapy doses throughout being pregnant. Additionally, we do not need an individual begin immunotherapy throughout being pregnant. Wonderful bronchial asthma management is at all times crucial and much more so in being pregnant.

Do you could have a meals allergy-related query you’d wish to ask an allergist within the months to return? In that case, ship it alongside to us at data@foodallergycanada.ca. Please observe: The allergists on this collection reply questions on common subjects, please discuss to your physician in case you have questions on your individual well being or the well being of your youngster.

Tags: ask the allergist, Epinephrine, being pregnant and meals allergy

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