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Epi-pen Jr. o.k. for a 17 pound baby?

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By M. Mariano on Fri, 05-04-07, 02:12


My Dr. perscribed the Epi-pen Jr. for my DD. I read on a couple of websites that the Epi-pen is for people weighing at least 30 lbs. Is it dangerous for her to have the epi. Jr.??? Whats your experience.

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By chanda4 on Fri, 05-04-07, 02:16

my 1yr old Savannah has had an Epipen Jr since her face/lips/tongue swelled up after drinking a bottle of formula at age 6 weeks! So IMO, no problem at all!!!

Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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By Peanut Militia on Fri, 05-04-07, 02:33

My DD was about that when she was diagnosed. That was one of my questions too. His answer "It is better than the alternative."

For now there isn't anything I know of that is a smaller dose. You can ask your pharmicist if you can't get ahold of your Doc to see if there isn't something better now. My daughter was diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago.

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By Carefulmom on Fri, 05-04-07, 02:49

We were given epinephrine to draw up. You have to be sure you can keep your wits about your during a reaction though. There is alot more thinking involved compared to giving a premeasured dose (the epipen jr).

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By Corvallis Mom on Fri, 05-04-07, 02:52

Yup-- same here. DD was not quite 18 lbs.

We decided she spent waaaaayy too much time with people who would call 911 and wait instead of administering the correct dose with a syringe.

"Better than the alternative...."

Well, a little morbid, perhaps.... but hey. Kinda funny. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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By M. Mariano on Fri, 05-04-07, 16:56

Exuse my newness, What do you mean you were given it to "draw Up" ?????

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By Corvallis Mom on Fri, 05-04-07, 17:10

The way liquid medications or injectables come to a doctor's office. In a vial, like insulin. You take a sterile syringe and draw out the correct amount from the vial, then inject it manually.

Just like a nurse giving an immunization, basically.

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By Greenlady on Fri, 05-04-07, 18:19

There was a March 2007 article about the current recommedations for epipen usage. For children under 30kg the only alternative to an epipen jr is for the caregivers to fill a syringe themselves. But a study done in a practice situation in a doctor's office showed that parents were unable to draw up the correct dosage most of the time, resulting in not enough or too much. It was assumed that the results would be even worse under the high-stress condition of a reaction, so the epipen jr is the current recommendation. (However, they also recommend the manufacturers create another pre-measured dose).

Here's the thread where the report is posted:


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By Carefulmom on Fri, 05-04-07, 20:37

What the article said is pretty much what our allergist did:

"On the basis of current, albeit limited, data, it seems reasonable to recommend autoinjectors with 0.15 mg of epinephrine for otherwise healthy young children who weigh 10 to 25 kg (22

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