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This resource must accompany the BSACI EpiPen treatment plan. If your child is experiencing any of the severe reactions on their treatment plan, and they need their EpiPen, follow these instructions: Lay your child down on the floor. If their breathing is difficult allow your child to sit. Do not...

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A cow’s milk and soya free diet involves the complete avoidance of cow’s milk and soya milk. This will be necessary if your child has, or is suspected to have, a cow’s milk and soya intolerance or allergy. Infant formula derived from goat’s milk is not suitable for infants under 12 months of...

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This resource is to support parents and guardians to introduce a specific food for your child at home. This should only be used for foods which have been suggested by your child’s allergy doctor and should not be used for a food that your child is known to have an allergy to. Before introducing...

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What are house dust mites? House dust mites are tiny bugs that live in the dust that builds up inside people’s homes. It is the proteins in their waste that causes the allergy. House dust mites do well in warm, damp, and humid environments and feed off dead skin cells from humans and animals....

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What happens after my child has had an unsuccessful food or medicine challenge? You need to stay on the ward for at least 2 hours after your child’s allergic reaction or until the allergy nurse and doctor are happy that they are well enough to go home. Once you are home, encourage them to...

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Essential information for children with nut allergies Your child must avoid all nuts completely. Always check the labels on foods, or ask if a product contains nut or unrefined nut oils. Nuts can be hidden in foods, food labels may not always be specific for example; ‘Arachis nut’ and...

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Egg allergy is most common in babies and young children under the age of 1. Around half of all children will outgrow their egg allergy by the time they are 3 years old and very few children still have an egg allergy after 6 years old. Sometimes egg allergy can carry on into adult life.…...

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Why has my child been advised to introduce baked milk? Cows’ milk allergy is a reaction to one or more of the proteins found in cows’ milk. Research has shown that some children who have an allergy to cow’s milk protein, can tolerate baked cow’s milk in their diet. Heating cow’s milk...

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Why has my child been prescribed a nasal spray? Nasal sprays are used to deliver antihistamines and steroids directly to the nasal passages. Nasal antihistamines help with symptoms of itching and sneezing, while steroids are used to control the inflammation in the nasal lining. Some nasal sprays...

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Post challenge advice Please give your child mg/mls of once a day for the next days. In the event of delayed symptoms If there are any signs of delayed reaction, treat your child with antihistamine (chlorphenamine or cetirizine) and contact the allergy nurses, or if out of hours, contact the medical...

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Introduction Legumes are a diverse family of foods which include peas, beans, chick peas, lentils, soya and peanuts. Legume allergy has been increasing over the past 5 to 10 years, particularly the incidence of pea allergy in children. Some children are allergic to all legumes while other are...

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Becoming responsible for your own allergy Managing your allergies independently can be hard work and may bring many challenges. We know that teenagers are more likely to take part in risk-taking behaviours and therefore it is essential that they carry their emergency medication at all times and...

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What was the LEAP study? It was a clinical trial trying to understand how to prevent peanut allergy in children. Who entered the study? 640 children were included in the study. They had to be between the ages of 4 and 11 months and have either an allergy to egg, difficult eczema or both....

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What are moulds called? There are many types of moulds of which the most common are cladosporium, alternia and aspergillus species. Are they dangerous? Most are harmless to humans but if found in large amounts then they can cause allergies and breathing difficulties. Where are moulds found in the...

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What is venom immunotherapy? Most allergies are due to an over reaction of the immune system to foreign material, such as bee or wasp venom, pollens, or animal dander. Venom immunotherapy (also known as desensitization) is a treatment in which increasing doses venom are given in order to improve the...

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What are pollens? Pollens are produced from trees, grasses, weeds, nettles and flowers and they travel in the air to fertilise other plants. They increase in the spring and summer and cause allergy symptoms. How do I know what I am allergic to? You can often tell which plant is causing your symptoms...

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What to do and how to use it This leaflet must accompany the BSACI Jext treatment plan If you are experiencing any of the severe reactions on your treatment plan, and there is a need for the Jext auto injector, follow these simple instructions: Lay your child down on the floor. If breathing is...

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Introduction Please read the whole of this information sheet before starting a home reintroduction of baked milk. Most children with cow’s milk allergy grow out of it in early life. As the allergy resolves with time, many children will initially tolerate well cooked (baked) milk products before...

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What to do and how to use it This leaflet must accompany the BSACI Emerade treatment plan If you are experiencing any of the severe reactions on your treatment plan, and there is a need for the Emerade auto injector, follow these simple instructions: Lay your child down on the floor. If breathing is...

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What is pet allergy? This is when someone develops antibodies to a protein (allergen) in their pet. What am I allergic to in my pet? You can be allergic to a number of proteins in animals including their hairs, skin (dander), saliva, urine and serum albumin (in the pet’s blood). If I am...

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Things to do before you leave home Inform the airline about your allergy before you travel. State that you need to carry adrenaline auto-injectors at all times and let them know the type of food to which you are allergic. However, remember that other passengers may bring foods onto the aircraft. It...

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First step Do not give them any more of the food they have been challenged to for the rest of the day. In event of delayed symptoms If there are any signs of a delayed reaction, treat your child with an appropriate dose of antihistamine (chlorphenamine or cetirizine) and contact the allergy nurses,...

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Urticaria symptoms Urticaria is a raised rash, or patches, often white, surrounded by red, inflamed skin. There may be tiny bumps, known as hives or nettle rash or large raised patches. It can affect any part of the body. It is usually very itchy but can also be painful or feel like burning. Each...

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Symptoms Children affected by oral allergy syndrome have immediate symptoms after eating food. Common symptoms that occur are: redness, swelling or itching of the lips, inside of mouth and ears itching in the throat and ears These symptoms are unlikely to progress but on occasion nausea, vomiting...

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