Allergic Reactions Described

Kids vs Health Care Professionals

Kids, especially young children, might not easily describe the feelings they are having during an allergic reaction. Health care professionals may have explained to parents the symptoms to look for: hives, vomiting, chest pain, difficulty swallowing etc. Kids on the other hand my describe things very differently. See the graphics below representing allergic reactions described by kids and share them with other caregivers such as family, teachers, and daycare providers. 

 

Allergic Reactions Described 

Allergic Reactions Described
Download Symptoms of Allergic Reaction Girl Version PDF

 

 Allergic Reactions Described
Download Symptoms of Allergic Reaction Boy Version PDF 

 

Professional May Describe…

Children May Say…

Cardiovascular System

fainting, lightheadedness,

weak pulse, dizziness, paleness

Cardiovascular System

I’m tired

My heart is beating fast

Skin

hives, itchiness, redness,

rashes, swelling, warmth

 Skin

My tongue is itchy

My skin is hot and itchy

My mouth is burning

Digestive System

nausea, vomiting, cramps,

diarrhea, abdominal pain

Digestive System

I want to throw up

My stomach hurts

Respiratory System

coughing, tightness or pain

in chest, difficulty swallowing,

congestion, runny nose,

airway obstruction

Respiratory System

Something is in my throat

My throat feels thick

My mouth feels funny

 

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