do your children wear their epipens at school?

Posted on: Sat, 08/19/2006 - 11:44am
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i been seeing posts here at pa.com about children wearing their epipens during the schoolday. my girls currently do not keep their medicines with them. both the epinephrine and benadryl are in the nurse's office only. (when we are on family outings, i always have the bag with me or it's in my husband's care if i'm not along).

does anyone else here keep the only meds at school in the nurse's office? i'm wondering if i should implement a few changes at my school....like having the girls wear their epi's or at least keeping one in the cafeteria and/or classroom. i'm starting to question whether or not just keeping it exclusively in the nurse's office is enough, even though it's worked fine for us for over 5 years now.

just wondering what your thoughts were on this........

Posted on: Sat, 08/19/2006 - 4:10pm
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Our DD has been wearing her epipen at school since first grade. My thinking is that it is good to have it close at hand, but it is also a kind of training for her to get used to wearing it and remembering to put it on in the morning. Someday, she will have to take that responsibility herself. Wearing it at school, she has backup--there are two more epis in the office--in case she loses hers. It is a good way for her to get in the habit of wearing it and practice for taking more responsibility in the future.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Sat, 08/19/2006 - 10:01pm
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Agreeing with Momcat's perspective.
Ryan has been carrying his own epipen in his epibelt since he was 4 years old. He's now 9 1/2. I've found it is a great way to reinforce responsibility and encourage the our simple family rule that he goes nowhere without an epipen. Absolutely nowhere.
He has even slept (on his tummy!) with his epibelt on because he has forgotten to take it off. That seems very uncomfortable to me but doesn't seem to faze him on bit.

Posted on: Sat, 08/19/2006 - 11:09pm
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My son started wearing his own EPI once he turned 5. He now is almost 7 and never leaves the house without it. I don't even really have to ask him. He tells me whenever we leave he has his EPI. I think that the earlier you start with them the better. It will eventually be his responsibility so why not start him young.

Posted on: Sun, 08/20/2006 - 12:37am
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DS has been wearing his epi-belt since the beginning of g1. They just spend too much time out of the classroom (gym, library, computer lab, music room, recess/lunch).
I didn't want someone to have to run to the office, then back to him while he gasped for air. We do keep 2 in the office tho, just in case.

Posted on: Sun, 08/20/2006 - 1:44am
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My son is not allowed to keep his epi-pen on his person (per school rules). It has to stay in the nurse's office (right next to his classroom).

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 2:54am
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My dd is in the 1st grade and has started wearing her Allergic Pack to school. She does not self inject...it is just reassuring to know that should she have a reaction, no one has to waste precious time locating the nurse or going to get the EpiPen.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 3:01am
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My son is going into 8th grade and has never carried his meds. He is PN/TNA and has asthma. Now he has never had an anaphylatic episode and I hope he never does. The worse he has ever had was hives.
I do feel confident in his meds being with the nurse. I think it helps to minimize his being different from others. But then again every school he has attend has been wonderful about his allergies. and being military he has attended several. I hope that he is able to continue through high school following this same plan. We also have never filed a 504 plan.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 3:17am
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yarnwoman:
our situation are much the same. my only problem with the nurse having the only meds, is that she is ocassionally out of her office to take meds to other kids or for errands within the building, etc. two other staff members have keys to the meds (school sec. and principal) and they are knowledgeable about my girls' needs). anyhow, i just don't like the idea of the meds being locked and the time that could lapse if an accident occurred.
both my girls' teachers have said they'd welcome having an epipen in the classroom if i'd want that. sounds like a good idea to me.
like you, i'm always seeking a balance for my girls. funny thing is that my girls don't seem to care a lot about balance. haha. they actually fought recently after their RAST scores came back and their numbers flipflopped. the girl with the higher numbers in the past is now eating the dust, so to speak, of older sister whose numbers took a huge jump making her the new "champion" of RAST scores in our house. only my kids wear their PA like a badge of honor, i'm afraid (or do others??? i would be curious to know). at any rate, i seriously doubt either of them would be embarrassed or bothered by having to wear their meds. i guess it's just my insecurities for them.
i'm just always seeking a "balance" for them and sometimes i question my ways. i think i will bring epipens for the classroom, at least, and then discuss with my daughters how they'd feel about carrying their meds.

Posted on: Tue, 08/22/2006 - 3:19am
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forgot to add that we have no 504 plan either. our school system, to this point, has been excellent in working with us (sometimes even taking the lead without my prodding). our nurse's rock. as long as things continue as they are, i probably won't push for one. that could change if we experience problems with the school but so far i don't see it becoming necessary.

Posted on: Wed, 08/23/2006 - 10:43am
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My daughter is starting kindergarten tomorrow. boo hoo We started having her wear it this summer, she turned 5 saturday. We keep it on the doorknob of the back door and she puts it on when she leaves. It is a good way to reinforce responsibility and the awareness factor. Her doctor said it should be no further than 15 seconds away from her.

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