At what age do you train your child to self inject an epi pen

Posted on: Fri, 01/12/2001 - 11:56pm
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pI'm interested in hearing advice from either parents of PA or adults who are now PA about what age they think a child is ready to learn how to self inject an epi pen? it will be at that point when I will feel more comfortable about expanding my daughter's horizon (i.e sleepovers, possibly overnight camp, etc), thanks/p

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 2:46am
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My daughter is almost 7. She knows how to inject the epi-pen and can teach someone else how to use it. She can explain the appropriate times when to inject and when not too. However I do not feel she is mature enough to inject herself in an emergency situation. On the other hand she is very bright and level headed. I think it depends on the maturity level of the child rather than actual age. If I am being completely honest, I would say it also depends on the parents ability of letting their child grow up and be responsible for themself ( not my strong suit!)
Linda

Posted on: Sat, 01/13/2001 - 12:59pm
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Wow, rilira, that is really positive for your daughter! I was very interested in reading the responses to MaryF.'s question. Do you know that I have never even thought about Jesse doing it? This is another area where I feel I have fallen short, especially after reading your post. Now, Jesse has just turned 5.
What I was going to do, when I used the expired Epi-pen on an orange was to have Jesse watch. But now, this reiterates for me the need for an Epi-pen trainer. I believe if Rachel is doing this at 7, then Jesse should begin learning. What age did Rachel begin learning at, do you remember?
I want Jesse to be empowered re his PA. Obviously, this would be one definite source of empowerment. Not that he would HAVE to do it or be responsible for doing it at a young age, but to simply KNOW that he knew how to do it himself. That would be a great start.
Okay, Epi-pen trainer added to the list.
Thank-you, rilira!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 3:31am
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When my daughter was 6, I set up a training session with a nurse using an epipen trainer. She understands when and how to use the epipen and we have "pop quizzes" where she goes over the steps. It's hard to say what would happen in a real situation but she is now likely more knowledgeable than most of the population out there in the world.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 5:36am
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My son is 10 and knows how to use the epi-pen. Whenever we have to show a new adult how to use it, I have him demonstrate it as it's a good refresher for him and puts him in control.
I don't know if he could actually do it in an emergency and I always make sure an adult is knowledgeable, but at least he knows the steps.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 8:54am
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My son is 9 and has done many expired epi's into oranges. But I am not so sure in an emergency that he could handle it. I will say though that our school district has been pushing for us to sign "self administration" forms for years (which I refuse to sign), and have an attitude now that it is his problem. I went to a Health Clerk Training for the district because I am substituting- if you can't beat 'em, join 'em- and I was in shock at how lightly they took the epi-pen training. The district nurse even told this group of prospective health clerks that these kids are familiar with their epi-pens and that she had a 1st grader inject himself just fine. Soooo.. be prepared that the rest of the world may want your child responsible before you are ready for it!

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2001 - 1:26pm
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Cindy,
Rachel has been injecting her dolls for a couple of years now. She has her own epi-trainer that she keeps in her doll drawer. I think it is important to arm the kids with this knowledge and it is definitely an empowerment thing.
Linda

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