Tuesdays are Your Turn – Kids’ Allergy Shots at Home
What’s proposed in today’s question would ease most of the inconvenience and probably some of the fear involved in weekly allergy shots for kids:
Can allergy shots be given at home to kids? I have an adult friend who, after some training of course, administers her own allergy shots at home. I asked the staff at DS’s allergist if this was a possibility, and they looked at me like I had 2 heads.
I am a nurse (LPN, almost RN) and understand what a reaction looks like (though honestly, I understand that more from my dealings with DS than from anything that I learned in school), so I don’t understand why they seemed to think it was highly dangerous to do it anywhere but in the office.
My understanding of what would happen, should he have a serious reaction in the office is that they would administer the Epipen (that I bring with me to every
allergy shot), give him some Benedryl, and call for transport/send me to the ER. I could do that at home!
Is there something that I’m missing here? Is it worth fighting for or searching for a pediatric allergist that will do this? Or is it simply not done with kids?
All other things being equal and assuming the training and some sort of liability waiver are in order, I’m guessing home allergy shots for kids would be more closely regulated – and possibly even restricted altogether – than giving the shots to yourself because a dependent’s involved. Then again, I’m not sure how giving your kid allergy shots is much different than, say, testing blood sugar and/or giving insulin to a child with diabetes. Or, for that matter, administering breathing treatments or oral steroids to a child with asthma.
But not having any experience with allergy shots myself, I don’t actually know. As usual, I turn to you:
Have you ever heard of anyone administering allergy shots to kids at home? Do you know if this is possible?