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Epi-Pen...does it hurt?

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By LaurensMom on Tue, 07-03-01, 11:13

I always thought that the Epi-pen would hurt when given. I thought it was similar to a cortizone shot, which I have experience with. Lauren's allergist said that it doesn't hurt. He said it is not an intramuscular shot and that it just barely breaks the skin.

Can anyone tell me, does it hurt? Is it just more traumatic for a child because it is a needle and they are scared?


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By Gabrielle on Tue, 07-03-01, 11:40

Yes, It will hurt a little, but during a life threatening situation you can not let that worry delay you from injecting. When we gave it to my son, he did scream... and you must hold it in for 10 seconds to make sure all the medication gets in. Try to position yourself to support the child so that they can not pull away or reach down and pull it out. When we took it out he was still sreaming.. and I said YOU'RE DONE! and he stopped screaming and said "I AM?" It took away his facial swelling IMMEDIATELY. It worked great.

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By PAGirl on Tue, 07-03-01, 15:02

I have wondered this for years! My Uncle is a fireman, and he said that since he is trained to be a paramedic if necessary, he and his colleagues had to practice sticking each other with water-filled epi-pens. He said that it didn't hurt too much.
I have never had a reaction that needed an epi-pen. I just have to pray that I'll have the nerve to stick myself with the epi during a reaction. I have to think that I would; I mean, do I want to have a little bit of pain and live or not have that pain and die???
Thanks for bringing this up, Lauren's Mom!

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By C&N's Mom on Tue, 07-03-01, 15:21

Just so you know, the needle is about 3/4 inch long-definately goes into the muscle. When I gave it to my son I had no idea how big it was and so when I pulled it out I didn't quite come out far enough so then I ended up scratching his leg a bit. You don't have to see the thing at all until your done and so it's only as scary for a kid a how hyped up the situation is. If this happens to me again (that I need to use the pen) I will keep my cool and reassure my son that I am doing what I need to to get him better. He is a brave little kid.
C&N's Mom

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By Claire on Tue, 07-03-01, 20:23

just a note on my experiences. When Christopher is so bad that he needs a shot the last thing on our mind is weather it hurts or not. He doesn't like shots,but in know way ever tried to stop it from going in. I told him that i would rather have him in a few minutes of pain versus loosing him to an attack.
take care claire

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By Pester on Tue, 07-03-01, 21:19

That pain is the most re-assuring feeling at the moment I can think of. In the first moments after ingestion the fear of impending doom, not knowing how long you have, your only thought is to reverse what has happened. The little hole in your pants, red mark on your leg and yes, discomfort from the needle not only are inconcequencial but a tangable sign help is on the way. NOTHING else will do that.

(Three times hit myself with the epi, Mom's hit me once)

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By LaurensMom on Fri, 07-06-01, 03:05

Thanks all for the info. I can only imagine he was trying to relieve a stress he believed was present. I have prepared myself for it hurting for a long time and have warned my family that they can expect to also (so that they don't pull it out because they are hurting her). I feel safer knowing it hurts and what to expect than finding out otherwise during an emergency.
Thank you.

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By CarolynM on Sat, 07-07-01, 02:26

My 7 year old (then 6) had the Epi for the first time in Feb. and said that it didn't hurt at all. It just felt like something pressing on her leg. She is no longer afraid of it. And she got immediate relief of her symptoms.

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