Why do few food-allergic adolescents treat anaphylaxis with adrenaline? Reviewing a pressing issue.

Highlights: Adolescents are at increased risk for fatal food allergic reactions, because they are gaining responsibility to decide what to eat and be prepared to treat an allergic reaction without parental supervision. It is common for this group to not use their adrenaline auto-injector* at the start of an allergic reaction. Reasons include: not carrying it, not knowing when to use it (i.e. what symptoms), peer/social pressure, etc. The current research and practical strategies to counsel adolescents are presented.*The article was written in the UK. In Canada and the US, we would refer to an epinephrine auto-injector.

Application to Dietetic Practice: All health care professionals working in anaphylaxis education would benefit from this article. Anaphylaxis education is usually done by nurses, but dietitians could take on this role. Parents with the appropriate literacy skills may find this article helpful.

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