5-yr-old carry epi how?

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 3:19am
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My son starts kindergarten in the fall. School district policy is he carries his epi with him during the day. We've always carried it for him or given it to whatever adult is caretaker. Is 5 old enough to carry it? If so, does he have to wear an epibelt or fanny pack? Will having it in his backpack do the job?

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 4:04am
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jeancbpugh, I'd say go with a fanny pack or Epi-belt, not the knapsack. This way, your guy will get used to having his Epi-pen on his body at all times (or during the school day anyway). I think that that's really important.
My son was required to wear his Epi-pen when he started school at 3-3/4 years of age. He had it in a fanny pack for JK and SK but I found it caused a lot of wear and tear on the Epi-pen, mostly the tube. For Grade One, so starting full-time, we purchased an Epi-belt through MedicAlert.
He has never had any problems wearing it nor has he ever played with his medication or taken it out of the Epi-belt even. He just knows it's part and parcel of him going outside of our home.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 5:57am
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jeancbpugh,
Like Cindy says, the epi-belt is the best way to go. My PA son has been wearing one since he was in JK, and he knows never to leave the house without it. The one my son has is from Medic Alert, and we replace it every summer so he has a new one for the new school year.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 6:27am
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I've wondered this about an Epi-belt for a young child. Does the Epi-belt cause any problems for a young child trying to manage on their own at potty time? I've hesitated to get one yet for my ds because of this concern. Thanks for any advice!

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 8:00am
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DD has worn a waist pouch (fanny pack type pouch)from FAAN since the age of 5. For her, this is necessary because of the speed and severity of her reactions. We've never had any problems with her carrying it around her waist.

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 11:07am
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DJerry's Mom, wow, I don't know. I forget how old my son was when he was finished toilet training (or whatever the politically correct phrase is for it now). I do know it was very close in time to him starting to wear the fanny pack because he had to be potty trained to be able to go to school and I remember being really freaked out that summer that it wasn't going to happen and he wouldn't be able to go to school.
Because his birthday is in December month, he started school, JK, young, at 3-3/4 years of age.
At the time, I'm not clear why we went with a fanny pack rather than checking out the MedicAlert Epi-belt. I do know that we didn't have the internet so I wouldn't have read about the zoni belt (the MedicAlert Epi-belt is made by zoni and has the MedicAlert symbol on it).
I do know that since he has had his Epi-belt, so age 5-3/4, he sits down and uses the regular toilet with it on no problem. He doesn't feel the need to take it off before he goes to the bathroom.
Can it wait until the potty training is finished?
Batman, what an excellent idea, to get a new one for the beginning of each new school year. With Jess being so small in the waist I haven't even had to think about it as far as an increase in size requirement, but that would be a really cool thing to get new for "back to school" wouldn't it? And I do notice the one he has now is starting to look kinda ratty, though still quite functional after nearly three years of use.
I phoned MedicAlert last Fall and asked them if they could send me their full brochure which has the Epi-belt in it. Of course, I receive just their pamphlet really with the bracelets and chains. I haven't followed up yet.
And I have read here that if you check out their website the Epi-belt isn't on there.
Anyway, no, great idea!
Also, in switching from a fanny pack to an Epi-belt, I asked Jesse if he was comfortable with the Epi-belt and he said that it felt better than the fanny pack. Perhaps the fanny pack hung too low or something, I don't know.
I thought, man, how can that be? It is really quite hard and yet he says he has no difficulties in gym or anywhere else wearing it.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 11:18am
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My son is turning six on Friday and will be in first grade next year. This will be his first year carrying his E-belt during school. I think that if they are properly educated as well as watched carefully at all times, that a five year old can do it. I just told my son that an adult had to be the one to take it out, except for his sister, and only to use it during a severe reaction. His class will also be educated on the epi-pen, the dangers, and the consequences to any child who tries to get it or tries to talk DS into using it.
For me, the dangers not carrying it were worse than the dangers of carrying it. I do not agree on carrying a fanny pack though. I feel they are easy to get into and bulky, but they have worked for some parents here.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 1:08pm
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Cindy, here's the address:
[url="http://www.medicalert.ca/english/member/vao/medical.html"]http://www.medicalert.ca/english/member/vao/medical.html[/url]
This is on the Canadian site.
Jean, my son is just finishing SK. He started wearing the epi-belt in JK - the school [b]strongly[/b] recommended he carry it himself. Now, I'm glad.
It means, he's getting in the habit of asking for it on his way out the door - no matter where he's going.
In a backpack it's going to be left in the *cubby* area at the school. That area is usually outside of the classroom. In some schools other classes walk through the cubby area. Anything could happen. It's bad enough when a baseball hat, or mittens go missing. You definitely don't want an epi-pen missing.

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 1:32pm
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Anna Marie, thank-you for the website address. I really appreciate it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I think I posted here that when Jess wore the fanny pack it was because the school did require that he have his Epi-pen on his body even at the young age he was and at the time, I didn't know about an Epi-belt. I was even hard pressed in the one horse town to find a fanny pack, let me tell you.
But I definitely agree. If I had to do it over again, I would go with the Epi-belt straight away, not the fanny pack.
I think I also said that I've never had any problems with Jesse taking his Epi-pen out or other kids trying to get him to take it out or anything. It's just always been understood that it the Epi-belt has his medication in it should he have a reaction and that it's not something to play around with.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 9:03pm
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I would definitely go witht the E-belt, as that is specifically designed to hold the epi. Basically crush-proof under normal circumstances with the clasp and belt being able to withstand very strong pulls.
Ryan has worn one to school every day since starting Kindergarten, but we started him out more casually at age 4.
We have found success in buying shirts 2 or 3 sizes bigger, so that the epi "bump" does not show under his clothes. Virtually no one can tell he wears his epi belt to school everyday. Really makes him appear to be the normal kid that he is. And out-of-sight, means out-of-mind to other kids.

Posted on: Mon, 06/07/2004 - 10:54pm
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My son entered Kindergarten this past year, turning 5 the first week of school. Since his history indicates another anaphylatic reaction would progress in minutes--e.g., quicker than the nurse could get to the playground, I made the request for him to be allowed to carry his EpiPen in an E-Belt. The nurse checked with her supervisor and advised that in order for my son to carry his EpiPen himself, his doctor had to to certified that Zak could tell someone how to administer the EpiPen. It was not expected that he would administer the EpiPen himself at this age...only that he could tell someone how to do it.
DS does wear an E-belt and doesn't seem to find it uncomfortable. In fact, it appears to give him confidence and a sense of security. I have to say, too, that the E-belt does its job. It has gone through many, many "dips in mud!" (DS likes to swing on ropes at tire play grounds...and drop to the bottom...especially if the bottom is a mud puddle!)
The nurse does keep 2 additional EpiPens, an EpiPen trainer and a bottle of Benedryl in her office. The Benedryl at school was required by Dr. Wood.
Outside of school, DS wears his E-belt anytime there's a chance he will not be with Mommy or Daddy. Example, if we go out with my brother's family DS might want to go off with his Uncle. E-belt is on DS and there's no "forgetting" to transfer the Epi-Pens I (or DH) wear on our belts, too.
After wearing the E-belt for 10 months now, DS says it does not bother him. He sometimes leaves it on when he's at home, too. When we go out, sometimes he will now say, "I'll wear my epi-pen belt. You don't need to carry the epi-pen. I can take care of it myself."

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