oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Anaphylaxis in infants: can recognition and management be improved? : review article

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Anaphylaxis is likely underrecognized in infancy. Many episodes are 'first' episodes. Infants cannot report symptoms. Diagnosis therefore depends on a high index of suspicion and on physical signs. The differential diagnosis of anaphylaxis in infancy includes age-unique entities such as congenital or metabolic disorders, child abuse, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and sudden infant death syndrome. Management is based on empirical evidence. A prospective systematic study of anaphylaxis in infancy is needed.

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