Becky is walking for Kids With Food Allergies on September 7 in Plymouth Meeting, PA. She describes her son Jacob's experience on their fundraising page:
He is anaphylaxis-free for 8 years and counting! Unfortunately, that day in June 2006 when I gave him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the first time still lives in my memory like it was yesterday. It seemed like a good idea - we were leaving for the Outer Banks the next week and PB&J sandwiches would be easy on the car ride down. Well, that wasn't destined to be.
Jacob ended up in the emergency room, covered in hives and gasping for air. Watching the emergency personnel work so quickly to help my baby was impressive, scary and surreal. After quick action, Jacob eventually was calm and sleeping. Hours later, it all started happening again. Jacob was having an unexpected biphasic reaction. Watching everyone descend to his room again was much more upsetting this time ... I knew what was coming.
Jacob is blessed to be surrounded by friends, family and teachers who keep him safe! We are so thankful for his advocates and our partners in this journey! Kids With Food Allergies and other food allergy organizations have been great resources for information, support, sharing, recipes and advocacy.
Please consider walking with us or donating to this cause.
If you live in the Philadelphia area, KFA invites you to walk with Becky, Jacob and the many other families affected by food allergies. Becky and Jacob have raised over $500 so far!
The Strides for Safe Kids Mall Walk and Expo will be held on September 7 at the Plymouth Meeting Mall in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Don't live nearby? Please consider holding a virtual fundraiser to save lives and keep kids with food allergies safe and healthy. As our thank you to you, we have some nice incentives you can earn based on the fundraising level you achieve.
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Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergic Reaction)
Sometimes, a reaction is followed by a second, more severe, reaction known as a biphasic reaction. This second reaction can occur within 4 to 8 hours of the first reaction or even later. That’s why people should be watched in the emergency room for several hours after anaphylaxis.
Find out more by downloading our free patient guide on Anaphylaxis.