DS has severe allergies and his anaphylaxis presents as a drop in blood pressure with not many other symptoms apart from feeling a bit unwell so it's hard to know whether to use the epipen or not. I think it would help inform us if we knew what his normal blood pressure was.
We have to measure blood pressure regularly - we had to buy a Doppler and a child blood pressure cuff and learn to do it manually. Auto machines just don’t work properly in a child. If your child is older you might be able to get away with an automatic one though? The child dopplers are very expensive. What other symptoms would he have? Heart rate is easy to measure - would this be affected?
How old is he? I can feel it in my hands when blood pressure drops, if I touch one hand with the other, it kind of feels as if I'm touching someone else's hand. This, coupled with the swallowing/throat is my emergency signal as such.
Anyfucker we are pretty experienced in the use of epipens thanks love. If we think he's eaten something then we'll epipen and call 999. It's for the times when he's telling me he doesn't think it's an allergic reaction but he's unwell just for my peace of mind that his blood pressure hasn't dipped.
Don’t listen to the people critising you for wanting to be able to look after your son. I completely get, anyone who has ever had a critically unwell child gets it. You just want to be able to check yourself what is going on.
Thanks rainbow, it's for times like recently when we're fairly certain the reaction just necessitates piriton rather than an epipen, but it would give us peace of mind just to check his blood pressure is normal. Or for the time when he's sent home from school looking ill and being sick and you're 99% sure that it's not an allergic reaction but a quick check of his blood pressure would give you peace of mind.
Totally get it. Sorry not to be more help on the monitors. Our child is younger and requires an accurate measurement hence why we have to have an expensive manual kit. You might be able to get away with a child cuff on an adult automatic machine but be wary that the results might be very inaccurate. I should have though heart rate would drop too when blood pressure drops but I’m not a dr