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Unsuccessful food or medicine challenge

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 rest if possible and not partake in tiring activities.

If symptoms persist, continue to give antihistamine as prescribed until your child is back to normal. Ensure you have access to antihistamine (Chlorphenamine or Cetirizine) or an adrenaline pen at all times.

If your child’s symptoms re-occur you can contact the allergy nurses for advice.

If you are worried about your child’s condition you should bring them to the Emergency Department. If you live out of the Sheffield area, please attend your local A&E department.

What if my child stays well?

They must continue to avoid the food or medicine challenged.

Make sure  you have access to antihistamine (Chlorphenamine or Cetirizine) and adrenaline pen at all times.

In the event of accidental exposure, refer to your Allergy Treatment Plan.

Other information

We have given you a copy of the discharge summary to hand to your GP so that they know your child has been formally challenged.

If your child is at nursery or is of school-age, we will make sure the headteacher and school nurse are aware of your child’s food allergy and that they have a copy of the Allergy Treatment Plan.

Contact us

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Allergy nurses on 0114 226 7872. Or bleep 092 via the hospital switchboard on 0114 271 7000.

For out of hours (after 5 pm and weekends or bank holidays) contact hospital switchboard on 0114 271 7000.

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Disclaimer

Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: ALG22

Resource Type: Article

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