Learning from a Reaction

When your child has a reaction it can be very stressful for both you and your child.  Try to learn from your experience.

  • If possible, speak with the people involved and let them know that you appreciate their support in helping your child.  Discuss what went well and what could be improved.  Taking steps to improve emergency procedures will help to better protect your child.
  • Sometimes people get excited during an emergency, raising their voices or crying.Let your child know that they didn’t do anything wrong and that no one was angry with them.
  • Try to answer your child’s questions in a way that they can understand.  You don’t have to have all the answers.  It is fine to tell your child that you need to think about their question, or ask the doctor, and then get back to them with an answer.  Remember, if your child feels that a topic makes you uncomfortable, they will keep questions to themselves and make up their own answers, which may cause unnecessary fear.
  • Make an appointment to see your child’s allergist to review the allergic reaction and the emergency plan.
  • Think about speaking with a mental health professional if you are feeling extremely anxious about the reaction.


The information in this handbook is for educational purposes only. It is meant to help people learn how to manage a child’s allergies. It is not meant to give specific medical advice, recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment.

Readers should not rely on any information contained in this handbook as a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis or treatment. Nor should they delay getting professional medical advice or treatment because of information contained in this handbook. Medical knowledge is constantly developing.

Please speak with your child’s doctor or other healthcare professional before making any medical decision that affects your child or if you have any questions or concerns about their food allergies.

The authors of this handbook – Michael Pistiner, Jennifer LeBovidge and Anaphylaxis Canada – as well as individual contributors and reviewers will not be held responsible for any action taken or not taken based on/or as a result of the reader’s interpretation (understanding) of the information contained herein.

Please note that AllergyHome is not affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital

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