Epipens and water parks

Posted on: Thu, 11/08/2007 - 5:26am
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Ian was just invited to a birthday party at a water park. I will be accompanying him, of course. There will be birthday cake, but we will bring our usual safe cupcake for him. My question is this: how do we handle keeping his Epipens handy when we're both in the water? He has an Epi-belt, but it isn't waterproof, and I don't know how watertight the Epipen casing is, or what the effect of pool water might be on the Epipens.

Does anyone here have any experience with this?

TIA,
Nancy

Posted on: Thu, 11/08/2007 - 6:01am
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We do not carry it into the pools with us. We've always left it easily accessible in our bags by the pool. We've never had a problem.

Posted on: Thu, 11/08/2007 - 9:33pm
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When we took the kids to a water park last summer, I sat by the pool all afternoon with the EpiPens while DH took the kids around to the water rides. We didn't feel comfortable leaving the Epipens in a locker, and I had to stay in one place so DH could find me immediately if he needed an Epipen. It ended up as a peaceful afternoon by the pool-not bad...would have been better if I liked Jimmy Buffet covers...

Posted on: Thu, 11/08/2007 - 9:48pm
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We went to a water park on vacation this year and I bought a waterproof fanny pack online. It worked well. It had a double zip-lock closure to keep out the water.

Posted on: Fri, 11/09/2007 - 7:11am
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We have brought them with us and left them with our bags at our seating area/spot. We have never brought them into the water with us.

Posted on: Fri, 11/09/2007 - 8:57am
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We went to Dollywood over the summer, and bought an [url="http://www.otterbox.com/products/otterbox/3000/index.htm"]otter box[/url] for the epis. We wrapped a small ice pack in a washcloth and kept it in the box with the epis, keys, and a cell phone. The entire otter box went into a fanny pack, which DH wore into the pools, down the slides, everywhere. The contents in the box stayed bone dry. Every few hours we put in a fresh ice pack, and the epis stayed cool.

Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2007 - 2:13am
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we leave ours in a small cooler by our stuff. I usually put it under a towel under the chairs.

Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2007 - 3:38am
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Wow! I didn't know there was such a thing! thanks for posting this! we went to disney over the summer and the water park was a PIA. we took turns taking DS on the slides cause someone had to hold the epi! TY!

Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2007 - 10:05pm
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We go to the water parks quite often. We usually put an ice pack in the med bag and place in under our chair with a towel over it to help insulate the med bag from the hot sun. We are never very far from our chair when we are on the slides or in the pool.
However, we went tubing down the creeks and rapids in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park last July. We also bought one of the waterproof fanny packs and everything stayed dry. I didn't feel comfortable leaving the epi-pen a mile away at the campground base camp.
By the way, is it an indoor water park in Alaska? I was surprised to see this topic in November.

Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2007 - 11:40pm
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I bought a pouch at REI for my son this past summer so that he could go on a tubing trip. He secured it around his waste and it worked great. Completely air tight! Here's the link:
[url="http://www.rei.com/product/752256"]http://www.rei.com/product/752256[/url]

Posted on: Sat, 11/17/2007 - 8:44am
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May I please ask why you would need your Epi Pen in the water? Are you dealing with bee sting allergies or somthing else that could cause a reaction while in the water?
We joined a local pool/water park for the past few summers. I always keep our Epi Pens in an insulated bag and I make sure the bag is in the shade and that we're never too far from it while swimming. When we're eating, the bag is right there with us. It never occurred to me to do more than that.

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