Does your child carry EpiPen at school?

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 4:26am
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Just curious if your child's school allows your child to carry EpiPen on him/her. Ours does not. EpiPen is kept in the nurses office and one in the classroom which the teacher is supposed to take with during recess and such. This is one issue I do want to press the school on. I would love to have my dd carry it with her at all times.

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Helen
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Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 4:40am
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DD, through high school, carried her own, and for a year or two, we left one in the office, as per school policy.
When she was first diagnosed as TNA, at age 8, the school wanted the epi's kept in the office. I guess I was a little naive, but even when DD was in a portable classroom, I didn't push the issue of office vs classroom, even though the kids eat in their classroom.
She has never needed the epi, so that's probably why.
Now that DD is PA as well, and still in high school, we haven't even told the school. She only takes two classes this semester, and has friends in each class who know she's allergic.
Maybe we're (she's) asking for trouble, but at her age, she needs to do this her way!

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 5:13am
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My PA/TNA son is in the first grade. He has been carrying his own epi-pen since the beginning of the year. I also have 2 kept in the nurse's office (unlocked). My theory here is not so much that he can use it on himself (though he does know how), but more so that the trained personnel do not have to go to the nurse's office or wait for the nurse to administer the epipen. I made him a small fanny-type pack that holds 2 epipens. I let him pick out the material...right now he has Red Sox. He wears it anytime we go out. The best part is he remembers to put it on without me telling him!

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 5:14am
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Unfortunately, it does not appear that Texas has state law giving children the * right * to carry epi: [url="http://www.aanma.org/cityhall/ch_childrights.htm#passedInhalers"]http://www.aanma.org/cityhall/ch_childrights.htm#passedInhalers[/url] But if there isn't a school board policy that [i]prohibits[/i] students carrying meidcation, your child still may be able to carry. Press them to show you the school board [i]policy[/i] that 'prohibits' your child carrying. If that doesn't exist, then I would think they'd be hard pressed to deny your request.

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 7:11am
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My daughter, age 6, carries her epipen at school. There are two backup epipens in the office.
There has been no problem with any of the kids messing with it.
Cathy
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Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 7:21am
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My son has been carrying his epi-pen since jr. kindergarten (at age four). The school insisted. There is also a spare kept in the office.
His principal insists kids carry one epi with them because she once had a child go into anaphylactic shock in the school yard. She also insists all staff be trained to use it.
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lmw, I do think it's great that your daughters friends know about her allergy, but are you sure they will actually use the epi? And is there a possibility a staff member would try to stop them - not knowing why it was being used. You've been dealing with allergies for quite a while, and I'm not trying to tell you what to do - just wanted you to think about that possibility.

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2006 - 7:28am
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Are you in Austin Independent School District? If so, they have their policies online. Here is their policy on inhalers:
[url="http://www.tasb.org/policy/pol/private/227901/pol.cfm?DisplayPage=FFAC(LEGAL).html"]http://www.tasb.org/policy/pol/private/227901/pol.cfm?DisplayPage=FFAC(LEGAL).html[/url]
I don't see anything that specifically addresses epipen. I also don't see anything that says where medications must be kept.
You may be able to work with the School Board or Superintendent to get a similar provision for epipen.
Cathy
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited April 07, 2006).]

Posted on: Sat, 04/08/2006 - 3:29am
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AnnaMarie, yes, we've been dealing with this for years - but on a very small scale compared to many here. No reactions more than mild, until the macadamia nut incident recently, which was maybe a little-more-than-mild! DD can be a very private person, so this allergy can be hard for her.
I would let more people know - teachers etc., DD already thinks I'm paranoid, and I can't help but think that she needs to take on more of the resposibility herself.
DD rarely eats at school - usually junk food from the machines - which doesn't mean safety - I know.
After the mac. nut reaction, I thought she was going to be more careful. I mean, it was more than any other reaction, and had resulted in anouther Dr.'s appointment, and a 6 hour ER wait.
We were out the other night, stopped at Starbucks, DD ordered her coffee and a ginger cookie - which I watched the clerk pick up with tongs. Cookies were right next to the chocolate-macadamia ones! I did the mom thing, and DD just kind of shrugged. At this age - she - has to take it seriously.
I almost - almost, wish the more serious reactions had started at the beginning of her nut allergies, not this late. Then maybe precautions would have been more, at school etc.

Posted on: Sat, 04/08/2006 - 6:41am
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Our daughter carries her 2 EpiPens, an inhaler and Benadryl fast melt tabs in her pouch around her waist. We've never had a problem with other children and DD knows under no circumstance to let another child touch it.
In the nurse's office, right across from DD's classroom, are two more of her EpiPens, another inhaler and more Benadryl.
The nurse has trained all the teachers and anyone coming in contact with our daughter. I'm truly thankful everyone is on board with the need for the medications.
Stay Safe!

Posted on: Sat, 04/08/2006 - 9:20am
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In elementary, Shane attended a very small private Christian school. I was ok with the teachers knowing where it was and how to administer. In addition, I sent ALL of his food.
This year- public middle school, 7th grade. Waaayyy different story. Now he carries it with him everyday. Each child/situation is different. Shane is old enough to self-administer.
Gotta go, cookies are done!
Have a blessed day,
Bridget

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 4:44am
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We are fortunate Louisiana's law allows children to carry their epi-pen on them. But, this is the first year my girls carry it with them. My district's policy was always, "They are not allowed to carry it on them," and because I knew I wanted to wait until dd was in Middle School I never told them I knew better.
When we asked our Dr. to write a letter saying oldest dd (12)needed to carry her epi-pen, she insisted BOTH dds needed to carry them (youngest was 8). I told her what the district said, and she laughed! She said no one will want to fight those Dr.'s orders, because then they would be liable. So, even though my State's law supports us, you might get what you want through the support of your doctor.
Good Luck!
Rachel

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