Does your child carry an epi pen at school?

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 5:10am
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

We've been very lucky that the nurses at my girls' schools will allow my girls to carry their epi pen with them at all times. Both girls take it in their back packs and then bring it with them for lunch/snack and playground. We also keep it in a medical bag.

I am trying to get this into law in my state so it is allowed for all kids. I was just curious if anyone else was allowed to do it

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 5:35am
Batman's picture
Joined: 08/11/2000 - 09:00

When my PA son entered JK, the principal asked specifically that he wear an Epi-pen at all times - so I have not had any problems. I am in Canada, so things may be different here.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 5:38am
mchammond's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

The teacher carries my ds med bag. I did not want to take the chance of him leaving it on the playground and another child playing with the injector. ds will carry the bag while changing classes but that is about the only time.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 6:26am
KarenT's picture
Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

Yes she carries two and benedryl in a fanny pack or purse. She has since she was 4 years old in JK.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 6:40am
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I'm not sure if everyone who posted above is Canadian, but at least two of the people were (Batman and KarenT) and I'm wondering if that figures into why our children have been allowed or even required by their schools to wear their Epi-pens since what would seem like time began.
Jesse started school at 3-3/4 years old. He has been wearing his Epi-pen around his waist since the first day of school.
I'm also Canadian.
I have heard of difficulties in America with children being allowed to carry their meds.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 9:45am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Another Canadian replying!
Adam has worn his for the past 2 years using the E-belt. There have been no problems.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 10:13am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

It is my understanding that Missouri state law prohibits children from carry medication (with the exception of metered dose inhaler which you can request). So no, Mariah does not carry her epi-pen with her. But we prefer it that way because there are several epipens located throughout the building.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 12:33pm
DeeJay's picture
Joined: 07/05/2000 - 09:00

We live in Iowa, and my son is in 7th grade. He carries 2 Epi's in his binder with him, plus 2 in the nurse's office. Our school has been great, the school nurse was the one who suggested he keep them with him. He is not to tell other students that he carries them, but we made sure all the staff knows.

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2003 - 12:04am
Beth's picture
Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

I'm in Florida, my daughter started carrying her epipen in 9th grade, she's in 10th now. Our only problem was with the allergist. He wouldn't sign the papers to allow her to carry it. He is no longer our doctor. The pediatrician signed the papers for us. It still makes me angry to think of how much stress the allergist put us through.

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