The Doctors: Julie Bowen of Modern Family
Actress Julie Bowen just won her second Emmy award for her role as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family. Bowen stopped by The Doctors TV show to talk about another role that she plays – mom to three boys.
Bowen confessed that she isn’t a huge Halloween fan, and is nostalgic for how it was when she was little. She said her character on Modern Family likes to go over the top for Halloween, and has to take it down a notch this year after getting in trouble last year for almost scaring someone to death.
She said that she almost had a heart attack when she won her first Emmy in 2011. When she won this year her mouth was completely dry and she was terrified as she walked up to the stage to accept the award.
The Drs: Julie Bowen’s Pacemaker and Breast Feeding Experience
Dr. Travis Stork brought up that Bowen has a Pacemaker, and asked her if she worries about it when her heart is beating very fast. She said that her Pacemaker actually only kicks in when her heart rate is too low.
Bowen used to pump breast milk and send it home on ice so that her kids would have fresh breast milk while she was filming Modern Family. She said that breast feeding was very easy for her, but she has some friends that really struggled with it and it just didn’t work for them. She said she’d even use the breast pump while she was driving around town.
The Doctors: Oliver Bowen’s Peanut & Bee Sting Allergies
The actress said that her oldest son, Oliver, has an allergy to peanuts and bee stings, which they discovered when he got stung by a bee while eating peanut butter. She said he went into a full anaphylaxis and his face blew up.
Bowen was at work at the time, and told her husband that he might be overreacting until he sent a picture to her of how big their son’s face was. Dr. Stork said that they were lucky because sometimes anaphylaxis can be more subtle.
The Doctors: Anaphylaxic Reaction Warning Signs
When you eat something that you’re allergic too, your body releases histamines. The amount of histamines determine if it will be a localized reaction or full on anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can tighten your airwaves and make breathing very difficult. Your blood pressure also drops and your lips can swell up.
Dr. Stork said that if you have a serious enough allergic reaction, death can happen within minutes. Bowen said that her husband got their son to the hospital very quickly and he was given Epinephrine. He now has to carry an EpiPen with him incase of another reaction.
The Doctors: How to Use An Epi-Pen
According to Dr. Stork, the signs of anaphylaxis are swelling of the face, eyes or tongue, slurred speech, skin redness, abnormal or high-pitched breathing, blue or pale skin, and wheezing or coughing. Dr. Stork said that EpiPens are very easy to use and can save someone’s life because they immediately reverse the side effects of anaphylaxis.
Bowen said that on Halloween, her son comes home and gives her all of his candy with nuts in it. There are several nut byproducts, like sesame oil, found in candies that you have to watch out for. If chocolate was on the same conveyor belt as something with nuts in it, it can also lead to a reaction.
Oliver is very good at recognizing foods that have nuts in them. Dr. Stork said that one of the best ways you can tell if your child is having an anaphylactic reaction is if their tongue is starting to swell.
Is Dr. Travis Stork a Real Doctor?
Bowen asked if Dr. Stork was really a doctor. She said he’s too good looking and was just saying a bunch of words that she wasn’t sure about. She joked that there was a beast backstage that told him what to say throughout the show.
The Drs: Anaphylaxis Test
Julie Bowen mentioned the Anaphylaxis 101 website as a great place to learn more about Anaphylaxis and for parents to learn how to give their kids an Anaphylaxis Test that involves saying “ahhhh” and looking at their swollen tongue. A non-swollen tongue is a good sign by the way! Find out more about the signs of anaphylaxis in the video below.