Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening. It needs immediate treatment and urgent medical attention.  The most common allergens in young children are eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, cow's milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, certain insect stings and medications.

If your child is diagnosed as at risk of anaphylaxis, inform your child’s child care or kindergarten as soon as possible.

You must give the child care or kindergarten an action plan developed by your child’s doctor, along with your child’s medication including an EpiPen® or EpiPen Junior®.

Once you have told the kindergarten or child care of your child’s diagnosis and provided them with the action plan, it is the responsibility of that provider to make sure all staff members on duty have completed accredited anaphylaxis management training.

Your child’s child care centre or kindergarten will work with you to develop a detailed anaphylaxis plan specific to your child, including strategies to prevent your child being exposed to what causes an allergic reaction and how to store and use any medication.

It is also a good idea to consider your child wearing a medical warning bracelet to give important information about their condition to those who are unaware.

The Department recognises anaphylaxis is a serious health issue and that the key to prevention of anaphylaxis is knowledge, awareness and planning.

Since 14 July 2008 an amendment to legislation that governs licensed children’s services means that all services and schools must have an anaphylaxis management policy in place, see: Children’s Services and Education Legislation Amendment (Anaphylaxis Management) Act 2008.

For information about Department policy, procedures, see: Anaphylaxis Management in Education and Care Services

For more information about anaphylaxis and allergies, see: