Girl Carrying Epi-Pen

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2008 - 2:07pm
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We are very fortunate that our public elementary school allows their students to carry their epi-pens on them at all times. This has been great with ds, who uses his e-belt to carry his. However, dd is starting Kindergarten next year, and I'm not sure what she can use to carry hers. The e-belt is great for ds, as it is black, and he just wears it under his shirt. But, dd likes to wear dresses, and it will not exactly work with a pretty pastel dress (unless maybe she wears it under her dress?). I was just wondering if anybody has any ideas that their little girls have used? Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 03/27/2008 - 3:38am
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NCPeanutMom,
I have a 9 year old daughter. She wears an epi-carrier clipped to her belt when she wears pants or jeans. She has an epi-belt for when she does not have belt loops. We too have experienced the "it doesn't match!!" issue when she wears a skort or dress. She has worn the epi-belt under her dress a few times but she does not like the bulge over her belly or her butt if we turn it around. Her new solution is to clip the epi-carrier's belt clip to a belt or to the handle of the epi-belt and have the carrier hanging in a vertical position as if it were hanging from a belt loop. I don't like how this looks, but I am just glad that she is wearing it without too much complaints. It is a constant challenge to look good while staying safe. I am sure that we will start carrying it in a purse in a couple of years.

Posted on: Thu, 03/27/2008 - 7:24am
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Have you seen the "Leg Buddy"? It is a carrier that wraps around their leg (or arm) and can be worn very discreetly under their clothes. It is by a company called OmaxCare. Check it out. They are great!

Posted on: Fri, 04/04/2008 - 2:17pm
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My daughter has an epi-bag she carries. She is in Kindergarten this year. Her school put up hooks at verious locations in the school and dd just carries her bag with her. For example in the morning she comes into cafateria hangs bag up and when it is time to go to class she gets it and takes to class she does this when she travels to special classes (library, gym , music ect.)It has worked out very well. There is also an epi-pen in the school nurses office. My daughter just didnt feel comfortable wearing the belt but was fine with her bag it has a clip on one end so she can just clip it on her backpack at the end of the day and it comes home with her..

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2008 - 12:56am
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Hi,
Just a quick question about your daughter carrying the epi-pen on her person. Did the school give you a hard time about this? Our public school said that teachers are not mandated to administer or be trained to use the epi-pen - only the nurses are. We were told that even if we got a 504, only the nurse would administer. Even though we felt that having our dtr wear it would make things safer, it turned out that it wouldn't really help at all since there would be no one close by to administer it. Our school is quite large and we knew that there was no guarantee that the nurse could reach our daughter in time, so we opted to private school her this year (where they are very accomodating and teacher wears the epi-pen at all times). Sadly, affordability has forced us to look at other options for next year. FYI, she is a kindergartener, too. Thanks for the info!
P.S. Could someone tell me what all of these abbreviations mean: "DD" and "DH" ... I am new to posting!!!
Lisa

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2008 - 1:14am
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Hi and welcome to the board. I can help you with some of the abbreviations but am in Canada so others will have to help you with the Epi question.
dd- dear daughter
ds- dear son
dh- dear husband
dw- dear wife
nka- no known allergies
mfa- multiple food allergies
ana- anaphylaxis
imo- in my opinion
imho- in my humble opinion
tia- thanks in advance
hth- hope that helps
ltfa- life threatening food allergy
kwim- know what I mean
ita- I totally agree
Hopefully others will add to this.

Posted on: Tue, 04/15/2008 - 1:57am
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Oh my goodness! I feel like you have just opened up a whole new world for me! THANK YOU!

Posted on: Fri, 04/18/2008 - 2:58am
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Posted on: Fri, 04/18/2008 - 12:40pm
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I can't think of any other abbreviations for you, but as the OP (oh wait, there's one! Original Poster), I thought I'd answer your other question, as well. Our children are not only allowed, but encouraged to keep their epi-pens on them at all times. All of the teachers are trained on the use of the epi, and besides the nurse (who is not full-time) there are also other teachers in the school who are more extensively trained on first-aid, CPR, etc. They are not nurses, but if the nurse is not there, they can help to handle an emergency.

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2008 - 5:51am
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Has anyone else tried the "leg buddy"? It sounds great...how well does it hold up? I worry about my dd climbing all over the playground and bumping it. Also, is there a place to hold some benadryl, too? I was thinking of the meltaway strips.

Posted on: Wed, 04/30/2008 - 9:58am
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I'm so thankful that I found this board. We are ordering the Leg Buddy and Ebelt tonight. We knew we needed to have the epipens more readily available, but didn't know how. (He's been carrying them in a belt camera case.)
What did you--who use the Ebelt--say to get your child to *want* to wear it?

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