There are lots of different symptoms that can appear when your child has a bad allergic reaction, some of them happen really quickly within minutes, and some can happen over a long time. It is important to remember that the symptoms they experience may be different from previous reactions they’ve had and if any of the following symptoms occur you must immediately use their Jext®.
Only a few of the following symptoms may be present, however some can be very dangerous.
- Tightening of the throat, sore throat
- Tingling and swelling of the lips, eyes and face
- Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing
- Weak pulse, light-headedness or unconsciousness
- Itchy rash
- A feeling that something bad is going to happen
- Vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps (tummy ache)
- A metallic taste or itching in the mouth
- Faster heart rate
- Rapidly decreasing blood pressure (if their skin goes pale)
If your child experiences any or all of these symptoms they should:
1. Shout for help
2. Use a Jext® straight away, or have you or someone else help them take it
3. Dial 999, or 112 if you live in Ireland, ask for an ambulance and say ‘anaphylaxis’ or ask someone else to make the call for them