How a Child Might Describe a Reaction
Children have unique ways of describing their experiences and perceptions, and allergic reactions are no exception. Precious time is lost when adults do not immediately recognize that a reaction is occurring or don’t understand what a child is telling them.
Some children, especially very young ones, put their hands in their mouths or pull or scratch at their tongues in response to a reaction. Also, children’s voices may change (e.g., become hoarse or squeaky), and they may slur their words.
The following are examples of the words a child might use to describe a reaction:
- "This food's too spicy."
- "My tongue is hot [or burning]."
- "It feels like something’s poking my tongue."
- "My tongue [or mouth] is tingling [or burning]."
- "My tongue [or mouth] itches."
- "It [my tongue] feels like there is hair on it."
- "My mouth feels funny."
- "There's a frog in my throat."
- "There’s something stuck in my throat."
- "My tongue feels full [or heavy]."
- "My lips feel tight."
- "It feels like there are bugs in there." (to describe itchy ears)
- "It [my throat] feels thick."
- "It feels like a bump is on the back of my tongue [throat]."
If you suspect that your child is having an allergic reaction, follow your doctor's instructions.
- Egg Allergy Document
- Milk Allergy Document
- Peanut Allergy Doc
- Sesame Seed Allergy
- Seafood & Fish Allergy
- Soy Allergy
- Sulphite Allergy
- Tree Nut Allergies
- Wheat Allergy
- Anaphylaxis in Schools & Child Care Settings
- Anaphylaxis Guide from Allergy & Asthma Network: Mothers of Asthmatics
- Action Steps for Anaphylaxis Management
- Sample Letter from Principal (Elementary)
- Sample Letter from Teacher (Elementary)
- How to use EpiPen & EpiPen Jr Auto-injectors
- Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan (Form for Child's Photo & Action Plan)
- U.S. Guidelines Food Allergy Diagnosis
- Food Allergy Guidelines U.S.
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