How many are parents of a PA child and do NOT carry an epi-pen.

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 10:35am
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...........Or their children (if age and education appropriate)do not carry one? This has probably been asked before, but, new people, I am told, join everyday.

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Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 11:59am
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I don't have one. My dd (4) reacts to peanut oil, getting big red blotches/hives all over her face and arms, worse each time. I've kept her off PO for the past year now. Before that, she ate PB sandwiches and candy with no known problems. After the PO incidents, i stopped all PB. Had her allergy tested earlier this month, and she reacted to peanut on skin test, negative for CAP RAST. In Feb she goes for taste challenge. I really don't think she will react to PB, since she never did. But the Doc is puzzled over her reacting to peanut oil, and not PB.
So i guess, i don't know if i should have the epi or not, but i will ask about it when she goes back!
~Nancy~

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 3:52pm
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Guilty as charged. I do carry an epi pen but not for dd but for me. I suppose I should have 2. I am very guilty of not providing one at school. I must see about providing her with one together with antihistamine and emergency management plan (she has one for asthma but not for her pa) like the one I sent with her for camp last year.

Posted on: Thu, 01/30/2003 - 11:42pm
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We keep a med bag at school which includes an epi, I keep one in my purse and he has a fanny pack that is "his med bag" for going to friends, skiing, etc.. He or dh has forgotten on occassion (when I am not with them) but for the most part, the only place no epi is available (on a consistent basis) is the school bus but his bus ride is about 5 minutes and no food is allowed
RARELY LEAVE HOME WITHOUT AT LEAST ONE!

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 12:38am
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MommaBear, I ALWAYS have the Epi-pen with me. It's in my purse (I have heard something hear about the jostling of it in my purse not being *good* for it but I don't know where that was posted [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] ). I have always had it there. I always carry my purse EXCEPT that one time we went out on a family bike ride and there was the realization that I didn't have an Epi-pen (I was able to use this in writing an on-line article re PA [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] )
Jesse has had a fanny pack since he was 3-3/4 years old at school and has always had his Epi-pen worn at school on him (what great grammar [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) Then, when he was entering Grade 1 last year, we purchased the MedicAlert Epi-belt. Because it is less cumbersome than the fanny pack, he also wears that each and every time we leave the house (except for say yesterday morning when we simply took his sister to school and I had the one in my purse).
My DH also always carries one in his backpack. So, if we're on a family outing, there are at least 3 Epi-pens with us. At one time (before we knew better [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ) there was only the one, the one in my purse.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 1:36am
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My DD is almost 3. She had a moderate reaction at 18 mo. (swollen lip & rash). Since then we have carried Epi-pens. We carry 4 in her diaper bag with us all the time. I probably only need 2 most the time, but my parents live 20 minutes from the hospital so I carry 4 just in case. We also carry Benedryl with us at all times.
Lea

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 3:49am
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There's been a couple times we realized we'd forgotten the med kit and turned around to head back home to get it. But I can say with all honesty that (except for that period of time in the car) we've never been without it. Her school has multiple epi-pens placed throughout the building.

Posted on: Fri, 01/31/2003 - 12:54pm
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My son has a severe reaction (hives) to peanut products, but it is not anaphalatic (sp?) I don't carry a pen with me unless we are going out of town. He has one in his teacher's desk, and one in the office with his picture on it. As he is 7, he doesn't take one with him on sleepovers but the parents are aware of his allergy and he does not eat anything without asking if it has peanuts first. They are also aware that if he gets hives, to call 911 first and us secondly. He does carry Claritin with him. We have never encountered a problem with cross contamination.
Tracy

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