Mother's push for allergy awareness

HEALTH: Taylor Hillman wearing his MedicAlert medical ID bracelet. The two-year old had a severe allergic reaction to eggs when he was seven months old.

HEALTH: Taylor Hillman wearing his MedicAlert medical ID bracelet. The two-year old had a severe allergic reaction to eggs when he was seven months old.

LOCAL mum Kirara Hillman encouraged mothers to sign up their children with allergies for MedicAlert Foundation memberships and strap MedicAlert medical IDs onto their wrists.

Kirara’s two-year-old son Taylor’s egg allergy was discovered when he was seven months old, which she described as “incredibly scary.”

Kirara said Taylor’s medical ID never leaves his wrist following the incident, with the details of his allergies engraved into the bracelet.

“We had been slowly starting him on baby foods and solids, but one night my husband gave him a tiny taste of pudding batter off of his finger,” she said.

“Within three minutes Taylor was vomiting violently, with spots all over his body.

“The ambulance arrived just in time and with oxygen and antihistamine his colour returned.”

The Triple Zero operators were able to instantly identify Taylor’s reaction was caused by an allergy to eggs.

Kirara said medical IDs can help protect children in the case of an emergency.

“It’s another life insurance policy for those with severe allergies and I’d highly recommend it to anyone,” she said.

It’s another life insurance policy for those with severe allergies and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.

Kirara Hillman

Allergic diseases, such as food, insect and drug allergies, asthma, hayfever and eczema, affect about 20 per cent of Australians, according to The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

Allergic diseases, particularly food and drug allergies, are amongst the fastest growing chronic disease and public health issues in Australia, with anaphylaxis the most severe, and potentially life-threatening, reaction. 

MedicAlert Foundation Chief Executive Office Heidi Jones said allergic reactions must be treated as emergencies requiring immediate treatment and attention.

“For anyone, especially a child experiencing this, it’s very frightening and communicating what’s happening is difficult,” Ms Jones said.

“In this situation, a MedicAlert membership and MedicAlert medical ID is critical, it not only alerts people that you have a medical condition, it provides paramedics and first responders with critical information about your allergy or health condition and assists in appropriate treatment.”

For more information, visit MedicAlert’s website.