School of Nursing
Immune-Mediated Hypersensitivity Reactions, Pediatrics
Medicine and Health Sciences
Burns, Heather, "The Development of Hypersensitivity Reactions in the Pediatric Population: A Review" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 897.
Over the past several years, pediatric allergies have come to the forefront of many studies. Reports of immune-mediated hypersensitivity in younger patients have grown and led to an interest researching the causes of pediatric hypersensitivities. There are various risk factors that have been discussed that may lead to the development of allergies including genetic inheritance, genetic mutation, and environmental sensitization. It is important for all of these factors to be discussed in relation to the function of the immune system and its role in hypersensitivity reactions. If the causes of hypersensitivity reactions could be further studied and understood, treatments might be developed to reduce or eliminate these hypersensitivity reactions in younger pediatric populations. Much research has been done regarding the risk factors for pediatric hypersensitivity reactions and many recommendations have been made to combat this growing phenomenon. It is important to review the mechanisms of hypersensitivity reactions, the risk factors for developing them, and to research the incidences of pediatric hypersensitivity reactions and the recommended interventions for future diagnosis and treatment of hypersensitivity reactions in the pediatric population.