If your child has a food allergy, it may be beneficial for them to carry more than one dose of epinephrine.

imagesA recent study published in Pediatrics reveals patients with anaphylaxis after ingesting food, 44% received at least one does of epinephrine and 12% of those who received the drug needed more than one dose.

Risk factors for requiring an additional dose were over 10 years old and had been treated at another hospital before being transferred to an emergency room.

Food allergies have been on the rise over the years affecting nearly three million school-aged children in the U.S.

Current guidelines recommend that children with suspected food allergies should be referred to an allergist, be given instructions on foods to avoid and be prescribed and taught how to use a self-injectable epinephrine.

Lead study author Dr. Susan Rudders of Children’s Hospital in Boston found that 1/3 of the food exposures took place outside the home and stressed the importance of alerting all care givers about your child’s food allergy.  The study authors also suggest providing unassgined second doses to your child’s school or day-care center.

Talk to your pediatrician to insure you’re following their advice when it comes to your child’s food allergy.