How Old Is Your Child and Does He/She Wear an Epi-Belt/Fanny Pack with Epi-pen?

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 1:54pm
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This question actually stems from another thread mae has running.

How old is your child and does he/she wear and Epi-belt or fanny pack with their Epi-pen inside?

If they do wear one, at what age did they start?

For adults, no age required, but do you wear an Epi-belt or carry your Epi-pen elsewhere?

My son is 9 and he wears a MedicAlert Epi-belt. He has been wearing it since he was 3-3/4 years old. The school has always required that he have it on his person.

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Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 4:25am
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My son has never carried his epi-pen. I think he is too young (age 7). I know the school wanted him to wear it out during recess but I was worried that something bad would happen to him or the epi-pen and somebody might get hurt with it and get injected with it. Eventually he will have to become resposible for it but not right now.
Pam

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 4:41am
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My son doesn't wear an epi belt either.
Too many kids in his school of 800, some rough kids and the playground doesn't have enough teacher's on yard duty.
He has one in his back pack as well as the office.
I carry two in my purse inside a pack(SDM)fanny pack for epipen, and dh takes it when he is with only him.
ds is 7 yrs. old as well.
Actually, could have said ditto to leers post [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 4:49am
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My eleven year old wears a zoni (I think that's what it's called) that he attaches to his belt loop, sometimes tucks the pen in his pocket, sometimes just loose. It's a single pen - debated long and hard about maybe getting the double one. He never liked the type of carrier that strapped around the waist. This one is no trouble for him, altho he always needs pants with loops or a deep pocket. I also carry two pens in my purse.

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 5:14am
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I'm anaphylactic to bees and carry my EpiPen in the hard pink case that FAAN sells.
DD is 18 months. I carry her EpiPens, Benadryl and albuterol in a big baggie in my backpack diaper bag. I have a medicine kit on order from FAAN.
Anne

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 5:44am
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This is a surprising topic. I know many adults with anaphylactic allergies through my work with various allergy associations. I don't know any that have stopped wearing an epi-belt with at least one epi-pen. I also have met lots of teens with allergy as we have worked together on various volunteer projects and they wear their epi-belts still. Why stop? Coats, purses, back packs etc are not always right with you when you need an injection. If you search this site you will read about allergy deaths in the last few years that occurred in part because the adult who died left the pen in a coat room or in a car outside the restaurant. Please reconsider your approach to your children's epipen habits. My son has worn his pen every day since he started Jr. Kindergarten at age 3 and we are teaching him that he will never leave the house without it--even at 103! He is 13 now and does not question this approach.

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 5:47am
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I am with PeanutKate on this one! Epi-belts are built to withstand lots of pressure and to make the pens accessible but not easy to drop or lose. My son who is 9 has worn a pen every time he leaves the house from age 4 and his friends with this allergy also wear their pens always [ages 4, 12 and 17].
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Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 8:52am
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Six year old ds wears a e-belt (zonii) with one epi-pen. And he has one in the office at school. He started wearing it at 4.
I carry two epi-pens in my purse. And, I always have my purse with me - or at least as much as I would an e-belt. At home, I hang my purse up - but otherwise it's with me.
If I go somewhere that I need both hands free (like craft night at the school) I wear a fanny-pack with my epi's in it.
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I [i]could[/i] fit my son's epi in my purse (or fanny-pack), but I want him to always carry it himself.

Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 11:32am
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I'm not surprised by this question/topic, I guess because I raised it, and I wasn't surprised by mae's thread either.
I happen to agree with PeanutKate (in this thread and mae's thread) and Kathryn in this thread as well.
However, I thought it was important to see what membership of the board was doing and I don't think that anyone should feel uncomfortable posting that they either don't have their child wearing an Epi-belt or wearing a MedicAlert bracelet.
If someone is uncomfortable posting, how are we to get information as to how much of our membership that chooses to respond to the question, are or aren't wearing the things I've asked about?
While some of us have had our children wearing items since a young age and hope that they become "part and parcel" of our child (and may even think that they have already), I still do think that perhaps this *could* be considered a "comfort zone" issue and I'd like to ask for some respect so that people feel okay about answering.
The school initially decided for me that my son was to wear an Epi-belt (fanny pack back then actually), but I'm glad that they did.
I didn't add extras - there is also an emergency medical bag in the school office with another Epi-pen. I have one in my purse and DH usually carries one as well.
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Posted on: Thu, 12/16/2004 - 2:49pm
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also in the "losing the Waistpack thread"...
Cindy- thanks! I guess we are just at that limbo stage. He is started to feel the "stigma" of the waistpack and thinks that he can handle just "pocketing" the Epi pen.
As his parent, I know otherwise. He's a very aware boy...but forgetful. I like the fact that I can see the waist pack every day.
Talking to a couple teens who carry epi pens for peanut allergies and a severe fish allergy the other day, they admitted that on occasion, they forgot theirs at home, or changed coats and forgot to transfer the epi pen.
We are just at the stage of wanting to give him some independence, as he is a "young soul" in a Grade 5 body...and he is asking to be independant, and I'm finding myself saying "no", or look into other alernatives.
I'm going to show him the zoni belt on the web in the next day or two. I'm leaning towards that.
Maybe the more discreet option would suit him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by mae (edited December 17, 2004).]

Posted on: Fri, 12/17/2004 - 2:40am
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Mae, I've got a fourth grader who will be responsible for carrying his own Epipen for the first time this summer when he starts at a new summer camp. I'm also planning to get him the Zonii style belt, since I think it's much less likely to be forgotten than the holster type holder. (And I can't count on him always wearing shorts with beltloops or pockets in the summer.) I think this option is the best combination of discretion and unlikelihood of being forgotten somewhere. My biggest concern is that he'll forget to put the belt back on after swimming, but we'll see how it goes.
--Debbie

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