EpiPens - Where kept?

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By SueQ on Tue, 08-15-00, 16:55

My son is just starting K at the end of the month. I started planning & working with the Principal & nurse last winter. Well, here it is 2 weeks away and I'm waffling on what to do. Should the epipens be carried with him from room to room in some kind of pouch or envelop or should they be kept at the nurses and principals offices which are centrally located? Initially, I wanted the epipens with him at all times, but now I'm re-thinking that. I'm afraid that the pouch will be forgotten and left in his homeroom much of the time, which I think would be worse than always knowing it is in the office. The school is fairly small, all on one floor, with the office in the center section. I'd just like to know what others have chosen to do.

Thanks,
Sue

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By Greg on Tue, 08-15-00, 18:12

When our daughter was in K the Epi-pens were kept in the nurses office. Since then (grades 1-3) she has carried one with her at all times. Our concern with keeping them in the principles or nurses office was that by necessity ,and Law I believe they needed to be locked up. There are more than a few times during a day when someone may not be around to unlock the medicine cabinet right away. With the severity of our daugthers allergy mere minutes could mean the difference between life and death. Time wasted looking for someone to unlock a cabinet could have devestating effects. Though I think Kindergarten is to young for a child to carry their own Epi-pen, my vote would be to keep at least one Epi-pen with him at all times. Pop in on them from time to time to make sure they aren't leaving it somewhere. Thats what we do.

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By PeanutKate on Tue, 08-15-00, 18:33

My ds since starting Junior Kindergarten at age 3 has carried them on his person in a waist pouch. I am considering getting that container that withstands 1000 pounds of pressure to give them some added protection. I want him to know that it is his responsibility to have them with him all the time and the pouch makes sure of that. There is also a back up pen kept in his classroom on his coat hook in his back pack.

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By Cayley's Mom on Tue, 08-15-00, 19:40

My 3 year old daughter starts preschool this fall, and the owner has said she will keep Cayley's Epipen on the attendance clipboard. This clipboard goes everywhere with the class - from room to room and even on field trips. I think this will make it very difficult for it to be left behind, because the employees are trained to always keep the attendance sheet and clipboard with them. I would feel very uncomfortable if the Epipen was in a locked cabinet, even in a small school.

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By rilira on Wed, 08-16-00, 02:58

My daughter is in first grade. There are three epi- pens at school. One that is carried with her, one stays in the classroom, and one in the nurses office.

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By SueQ on Wed, 08-16-00, 12:32

Thanks for your replies. For those of you whose children carry their epipens on them, what do you use? Right now, I carry them in a clip-on soft sided sunglass case (fits 2 epipens and one-dose of benedryl perfectly). But this is something I clip on myself or my husband. I think it would bother an active 6-year old. Is there something that wouldn't get in the way during gym or play time?

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By on Wed, 08-16-00, 12:37

SueQ,

Well in our case want we diid at the age was have EpiPen kept in the nurses office-but this was the wrong thing to do As school he goes to has several buildings and nurses office and cafeteria in different buildings.

So then I had his medicine with the teacher for a year-to learn later that it occasionally get left behind especially during afternoon specials. I am so thankful that my other son's teacher let me know of this. Since that time I've convienced my son to wear it in pouch I made him that matches his uniform and there in EpiPen in each of the buildings at the school. His allergist did request that he have it with him at all times and I just informed the school I didn't have to give them a formal letter.

Take Care,

JanB.

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By TERESA RASNIC on Wed, 08-16-00, 19:48

I AM EXPERIENCING THE "FEAR" OF KINDERARTEN RIGHT NOW AS WELL. MY PA SON STARTS IN TWO WEEKS. FORTUNATELY, MY SONS SCHOOL WILL ALLOW HIM TO CARRY HIS EPI-PEN WITH HIM. I FOUND AN EPI-PEN PADDED HOLDER (ALLERGYPACK.COM)ON THE INTERNET. HE WILL CARRY THIS IN HIS BACKPACK, AS WELL AS THE SCHOOL NURSE AND TEACHER HAVING AN EPI-PEN. I AM MUDDLING THROUGH, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST COURSE FOR HIM, WITHOUT ALIENATING
TEACHERS AND SCHOOL STAFF, AND SETTING HIM UP FOR TEASING, ETC. HOPEFULLY, HE WILL NOT FACE THAT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. NONETHELESS, I AM A NERVOUS WRECK!!

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By rilira on Wed, 08-16-00, 21:27

During playtime, my daughter does not hold her epi-pen. There is an aide assigned to do that for her.We have the epi's in a small purse made of backpack type material. We keep an epi, a sm. bottle of zyrtec w/measuring spoon,hand sanitizer, hand wipes and band aids, also kleenex in it. The outside of the purse has a red cross and Rachel's epi pen embrodiere(sp?) on it.,The back has a clear window with her picture and signs of an allergic reaction. There is a laminated card inside the pack with directions on how to administer the epi.

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By on Thu, 08-17-00, 22:32

Our daughter is going into the 4th grade this year, and what has worked for us & the school faculty is to have a kit containing two epi-pens (in case one malfunctions), the benadryl, insurance information, and protocol for a reaction in her homeroom, the cafeteria, the nurses office, and the main office. That is alot of epi-pens to have to buy, but fortunatly our insurance picks up most of the cost.

rilira, I'd like to know where you found a pack like that! It sounds perfect!

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By rilira on Thu, 08-17-00, 23:00

I bought Rachel's pack at Old Navy. My sister embrodiered the name and red cross on a piece of fabric, trimmed it in red ribbon then we fabric glued in on. On the back, I bought clear plastic at the fabric store, trimmed it with red ribbon and fabric glued it on. It works great and is even washable.

I am thinking I should have a spare since I only have one! I told my sister she should go in business(it was her idea on how to do the bag)because it is so hard to find something we all like.

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By DavisGal on Fri, 08-18-00, 16:50

My son carries a red backpack with his medication in it. Last year the backpack went from daycare (on the school grounds) to his classroom where it was put in a special place (but not locked up). We also had an Epi-Pen put into the office in case the room was locked and his teacher was not around. He did not have his backpack with him on the playground or at lunch. He did have people who watched him at lunchtime (he sat at the peanut free table).

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By Whisper on Sat, 08-19-00, 12:46

Who administers the epinephrine? At what age do you think that the children are capable of administering it themselves? Is it required that those administering this injection be certified, or can the nearest adult be instructed on how to handle the situation?

Thanks,
W

[This message has been edited by Whisper (edited August 19, 2000).]

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By rilira on Sun, 08-20-00, 17:44

Whisper-

My daughter goes to school in California. Anyone who is trained can administer the epi at school. There are approximately 15 people trained at her school. Soon all staff will be trained.

My daughter is 6 and she knows how to administer the epi. However, I don't think at this age she is capable of determining she needs the epi and self administer in a crisis situation. Our goal is fifth grade for her to be completely self sufficient.

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By SueQ on Mon, 08-21-00, 19:08

Just an update. I met with the principal and Sam's teacher last week. I'm very happy with the plan. We'll have an envlope with epipen, benedryl & emergency info inside and his picture, symptoms of anaphylaxis and how-to for the epi-pen on outside. This envelope will be kept in teachers drawer, and taken to gym, library, etc. with Sam. As a backup, another epipen will be kept in the nurse's office. In addition, his homeroom teacher will have a walkee-talkee to get in touch with the office/nurse in a case of emergency. Also - I was so happy to hear this - the school just recieved a dozen or so of these devices (look like walkee-talkees) that will immediately call the ambulance service with a press of a button. One will be kept in Sam's room. I am very very pleased with the school administration in working so hard to make school safe for Sam.

Sue

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