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Food allergies have been on the rise in recent years. Studies suggest that up to 1 in 13 children are affected by a food allergy. Egg and cow’s milk are the most common food allergies for infants and toddlers. Fortunately, most children will lose a milk or egg allergy by the time they enter school. Peanut and tree nut allergies are also becoming more common. Unfortunately, only 10-20% of children will ever outgrow a nut allergy.
Currently there is no cure for food allergies. Instead, doctors rely on an accurate diagnosis, avoiding food triggers, and being prepared in the event of a severe reaction. Making the situation more challenging, nearly half of children with a food allergy may be at risk for a potentially life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
During a severe food allergy reaction, epinephrine (“adrenaline”) can be a life-saving medication. Epinephrine is typically injected into a thigh muscle with an “auto-injector” device like EpiPen® or Auvi-Q™. Oral antihistamines like Benadryl, Allegra, or Zyrtec can help with some anaphylaxis symptoms, but are not considered life-saving treatment.
Emergency Epinephrine in Schools
Until recently, only certain students in Washington State could receive a life-saving epinephrine injection while at school. They needed to be diagnosed with a food allergy and already have an epinephrine injector in the health room. However, some students may not have an injector at school, or they have their first serious allergic reaction while at school. In that case, the school could only call 911 and hope they arrived in time to save a life.
In January 2013...
With the summer winding down, the dreaded cold and flu season is just around the corner. Parents with children who have a history of kidney disease need to keep in mind a few things during this season of stuffy noses and coughs.
Just the mere mention of the Pediatric ICU (PICU) can be frightening to both kids and parents. But having a basic understanding of what people and equipment can be found in the PICU can help to lessen the anxiety.
What is the PICU?
The PICU at Swedish is a section of the hospital that provides the highest level of medical care for your child (0 to 18 years). The PICU is different than just the regular pediatric floor because it allows for more intensive nursing care of your child and advanced continuous monitoring of their blood pressure, heart rate, breathing and more. Patients in the PICU may also require more intensive therapies such as ventilators (a breathing machine) and certain medications that require close monitoring.
Who is hospitalized in the PICU?
Kids who are seriously ill whose medical needs cannot be met on the regular Pediatric unit will be in the PICU. PICU patients may have breathing problems such as asthma or pneumonia, have had a lengthy surgery, have seizures or any other physical condition. Time spent in the PICU depends on....
Wheezing is one of the most common symptoms in children and adults. Wheezing refers to the high pitched, "musical" sounds generated from the respiratory tract. It may originate in multiple areas, from the nose, to the throat, to the lungs. When physicians use the term "wheezing", they are usually indicating the sounds produced by tightness in the lower airways ("bronchial tubes").
Wheezing is especially important in pediatrics because children have frequent respiratory infections. These infections are generally caused by viral infections which cause much irritation in the airways. In addition, the airways of children are small and more "sensitive," predisposing them to wheezing. The location of the irritation may be in the upper or lower respiratory tract. This means that wheezing can occur with just a cold as well as bronchitis or pneumonia.
Wheezing in most children will respond to treatment with ...