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A six-year-old girl has sadly died after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a dairy product.

She is believed to be the first child in WA to die from anaphylaxis triggered by a food allergy. The young girl sadly died on Wednesday.

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia chief, Maria Said, advised deaths from anaphylaxis caused by food allergies were rare but “almost always” preventable, reports West Australian News.

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

Ms Said understood the child had been on a waiting list to see an allergy specialist.

“My understanding is that the child had been prescribed an EpiPen, so people knew the child was allergic,” she said.

“We don’t know whether the reaction happened at school or at home.”

Association of Independent Schools of WA executive director Valerie Gould confirmed a girl from an independent school died from anaphylaxis after eating a dairy product.

It was unclear where the child consumed the dairy product, but she believed an ambulance was called to the child’s home on Wednesday.

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  • There was a recall on epi-pens awhile ago. There is also now a long waiting list epi-pens. Unless the allergy is peanuts you go to the bottom of the list. I know of a toddler who is highly allergic to a common medication, even from physical contact he can stop breathing and has had to be rescucitated. Fortunately he was in hospital the first time it happened. Initial warning is breathing problems and loss of balance. So far they have been waiting almost 2 years for an epi-pen. They were told they would be allocated one when he is 3 years old. That being the case they should have been able to buy one a few months ago.

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  • It was all over the news here in WA. So sad. Suffering from allergies is scary. :-(

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  • So very sad – every sympathy to the family – just so heartbreaking.

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  • Aw bless, so so sad ! My thoughts & prayers go out to the family.

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  • Thoughts go out to the family at this sad time

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  • Very sad. I feel for the family.

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  • So sad . Condolences to the family. A tragedy

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  • I am feeling sad after read this article. My daughter is also allergic to dairy and everytime i have to double check the ingredents if i am giving her any packet food.. even after that she had got very bad allergic reactions couple of times and we landed into emergency.. i feel so scared ????

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  • Poor baby, such a sad story :(

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