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Children with food allergies may need two epi doses

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According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, children with food allergies may not be getting enough epinephrine from Epi-Pens to stop a severe reaction and may require a second dose.

Food allergies affect about 6% of children and by recent estimates, is rising. Treatment for food allergies - varying from nuts to shellfish - is a self-administatored shot of epinephrine.

The study conducted by Boston's Children's Hospital physician Susan A. Rudders and her colleagues, tracked the allergic reactions of approximately 1200 children, average age 6, who were treated in the Boston hospital center between 2001 and 2006.

When they narrowed the group to those with a severe food allergies (52%), they found 44%of children received epinephrine and among this subset, 12% received more than one dose.

Combined with similar findings from previous studies, doctors may soon recommend at-risk-children with severe food-related allergies carry two doses of epinephrine, said Dr. Rudders to Reuters.

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