Note from Maria: I am a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health Degree in Nutrition from UNC at Chapel Hill. I have a passion for helping people with nutrition & wellness, especially moms. Women & moms provide care for everyone else often at the expense of considering their own needs. I hope to provide good resources to you to help you make nutrition and wellness a priority.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Rainbows for Mia
This other story is equally as tragic, 19 year old boy ate a cookie he believed did not contain nuts, but it did. He had an anaphylactic reaction. The epipen he had was expired and the EMS workers told his mother not to use the pen. That was really bad advice. The boy tragically passed away. Here is an article with more info on his story:
I would also like to note that it seems like everyone says they have some sort of food allergy these days. While they are more common, a true allergic response involves your immune system. Foods that give you only GI distress when consumed are probably not causing an allergic reaction. People who say they have allergies when they do not, make it seem less serious for those who really do.
If you are ever around anyone who you know has allergies and they begin to have symptoms such as swelling, hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing, etc. Give them the epipen immediately and call 911. Don't think twice about it. Giving someone epinephrine who does not need it is a lot less dangerous then waiting until it is too late to give someone the shot. Most people who die from allergic reactions did not epinephrine or got it too late. When in doubt, give the shot.
Here is a link to more info about symptoms of anaphylactic reatcions: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anaphylaxis/DS00009/DSECTION=symptoms