Allergic Reaction

The information below gives you the key steps to helping a child suffering a severe allergic reaction.

Step 1

The baby or child may develop a red, blotchy rash, itchiness or swelling on their hands, feet or face. Their breathing may slow down. Learn more.

Vomiting and diarrhoea can also occur.

Step 2

When you observe any of these symptoms, call 999.

The baby or child needs urgent medical assistance. An allergic reaction can affect someone very quickly, and is potentially very serious as it may result in swelling of their airway, which causes them to stop breathing.

Step 3

When there is a known allergy, use their auto-injector, following the recommended guidance.

Once an allergy has been identified, the doctor may provide the baby or child with an auto-injector (or epi-pen). Tell the ambulance personnel if the auto-injector has been used.

Step 4

Reassure the baby or child, and make them as comfortable as possible while you wait for the ambulance.