Take 3: Anaphylaxis in infants

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Anaphylaxis is not a common presentation in babies, but when it does occur the most likely cause is food

Babies and infants can suffer from anaphylaxis for a number of reasons but the most common is food, says Dr Preeti Joshi, a paediatric allergy and immunology specialist at the Children’s Hospital Westmead in Sydney.

“The most common foods we are finding include eggs and cow milk,” she says.

Dr Joshi says anaphylaxis to drugs is possible, but not common, in infants.

Other causes could include allergy to latex or insect venom, but Dr Joshi has never seen these as causes for anaphylaxis in babies.

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