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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:23 pm 

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Girl, 6, dies from allergic reaction to a dairy product in first case of its kind in Western Australia

A six-year-old girl has died from anaphylaxis after eating a dairy product.

The Perth girl, who died on Wednesday, is believed to be the first Western Australian child to die from anaphylaxis triggered by a food allergy.

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia chief Maria Said said that food allergy deaths are almost always preventable, Perth Now reported.

'To my knowledge, this is the first child death from food allergy in WA,' she said.

The child was on a waiting list to see an allergy specialist and had been prescribed an EpiPen, Ms Said said.

It is unknown whether the girl, who attended a private school, suffered the reaction at school or at home.

Ms Said claims that food allergy deaths are rare in Australia but also preventable.

'Especially if you know that the person is allergic to the food. With the right management and then the right emergency treatment, most fatalities are preventable,' she said.

Ms Said extended support to the family as they go through this 'horrible' time.

She said in the past 15 years there had been seven coronial inquests into the deaths from food allergies and each case provided new lessons.

'We have done some work with the Government in WA and with schools, child care and health care, but more needs to be done,' she said.

Association of Independent Schools of WA executive director Valerie Gould said it was not known where the girl ate the dairy product but she believed an ambulance was called to the child's home on Wednesday.

Ms Gould said the AISWA extended additional support to the school which she understands implemented appropriate safety measures for the young girl. ... ar-BBLtkDu


PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:06 pm 

Joined: Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:26 pm
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So sad! I wish allergist wait times for the newly diagnosed were shorter. Maybe someone didn't truly understand the magnitude of change required to keep this little girl safe. My heart breaks for this family.

anaphylaxis to tree nuts, peanuts, potato, wheat, sorghum; asthmatic, dairy intolerant, vegan
other family members allergic to to dairy, egg, peanut, peach, sesame, environmentals

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