When to administer an Epi-Pen

Posted on: Wed, 07/13/2005 - 1:15am
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There seems to be quite a bit of confusion from everyone on when a pen should be administered. For obvious reasons, I was wondering if someone could reply. I was told by our allergist that if hives appeared first and no other signs, give 1 Tsp of Benadryl (my DD is 2 1/2-32lbs); then watch closely and if symptoms do NOT improve or get worse, adminster Epi-Pen and call 911 immediately. What is confusing to me is within that 10 minuts of watching the hives, would if something else is going on that I am not aware of and I wait the 10 minutes out before making an Epi-pen decision? I hear every minute counts and if not administered timely it could be the difference between life and death. I certainly don't want to stick my daughter every time she gets a hive. HELP??? She has "knock on wood" never had an anaphylactic reaction to my knowledge (would I know)? Does vomiting count? Before we knew she was allergic to eggs she had lots of occasions where she would throw up none stop for no reason. Can't say for sure if it is allergy related or the flu - frustrating and scary. Her allergist took her BP through one incident and didn't feel it was a reaction, but some of the others may have been. Anyone able to shed some light? Thanks.

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Kym
Mom of 2 1/2 year old daughter with peanut and egg allergies

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