Medication for children and teenagers with allergies and asthma
Emergency pack for allergic reactions
Your child will need an “emergency pack” which needs to accompany them at all times. Most allergic reactions occur away from home. Your child’s allergist will decide what needs to be in the pack; it may include an antihistamine (eg loratidine, cetirizine), an asthma inhaler and/or an adrenaline autoinjector. It also needs to be a personal anaphylaxis management plan to guide management of any allergic reactions.
They are prescribed for people who suffer with severe allergies such as food allergies, wasp and bee stings and latex allergy. Parents, and older children, will be educated in the clinic should a child be prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector. School and nursery staff are trained in their use. There are three types of adrenaline autoinjectors and details about how they are used can be found on the web (details on right).
There are many types of asthma inhalers. Please ensure your child has one that suits their needs as prescribed by their allergist or GP. It is important that they are used correctly, this will be checked in clinic.
If your child has a seasonal allergy make sure that you visit your GP or allergist prior to the season so that they are able to start their treatment just before symptoms start. You may need to warn their teacher about difficulties with games lessons outside and request that they are allowed to wear of sunglasses.