Allergic children are entirely reliant upon their caregivers to ensure they are safe. It is only hoped that simple measures, such as training teachers to administer epinephrine and making unassigned epinephrine mandatory at schools, are implemented before another unnecessary loss of life.
Who could forget the tragic "peanut butter kiss of death" headlines about a Canadian teen who died of anaphylactic shock related to a peanut allergy. Well, the teenager did die -- but little else of that story proved true.
As the parent of a child with multiple anaphylactic allergies, I've learned that any delay in treatment of anaphylaxis can cost my child his life. But what if a child shows signs of anaphylaxis and an EpiPen isn't readily available?