Research shows that many children requiring epinephrine to treat anaphylaxis don’t receive the medication, often because parents underestimated the severity of the reaction.

Other parents (nearly 20%) reported that they were too scared or emotional to administer the medicine to their child.  Dr. Kim provides specific recommendations on how to educate parents regarding when to use — and how to properly administer — epinephrine injectors in the “Perspective” section of this story.

Note: Dr. Kim was not involved in the study described in the story.