FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Managing Anaphylactic Emergencies in Children

Treatment Universality

Consistent Treatment Approach:

For anaphylactic emergencies in both children and adults, the treatment remains the same. However, considerations differ when dealing with children.

Addressing Child's Fear

Guiding a Frightened Child:

Children experiencing anaphylaxis may be particularly scared, especially if they've encountered such a reaction before. It's crucial to swiftly guide them in using their auto-injector to expedite relief. Encourage them to self-administer to alleviate their distress as they understand the medication's rapid effectiveness.

Dealing with Needle Apprehension

Easing Needle Fears:

Some children may fear the needle's insertion, but reassure them that the medication will swiftly provide relief. Help them understand that it's for their well-being.

Considerations When Working with Children

Special Factors:

Working with children in an anaphylaxis emergency entails various considerations:

  • Employer's Written Policies
  • Duty of Care
  • Parental Consent


Maintaining Comprehensive Records:

Record essential information, including:

  • Children's Names
  • Prescribed Medication
  • Medication Storage
  • Prescription Details
  • Delivery Method
  • Number of Auto-Injectors
  • Carry or Storage Location

Varied Workplace Policies

Adherence to Workplace-Specific Policies:

First aid procedures remain consistent, but be aware of varying workplace policies related to anaphylactic medication storage and treatment. Consult your employer's guidelines for clarity.

Communication with Parents or Guardians

Essential Parental Dialogue:

For daily childcare providers, open communication with parents or guardians is vital. Gather insights on the child's history, how they handle anaphylactic situations, and whether they are calm or anxious during administration. The more information you have, the better you can provide care.

Keeping Records Up-to-Date

Maintaining Accurate Records:

As a caregiver for multiple children, ensure records are regularly updated to reflect any changes in their treatment. Ongoing communication with the children is key to reinforcing the importance of medication and treatment awareness.