how to keep Epi-pens cool in the heat

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 3:44am
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Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 3:54am
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Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 4:04am
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I always keep my son's epipen and benadryl in his case, then I put it in a cooler with a ice-pac (wrapped in a towel) or bottle of frozen water(whatever)if the day is really warm and were going to be out for awhile.
Otherwise it's in my backpack all the time.

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 4:23am
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Ditto to smack's method!
I also check on it frequently because it's not suppose to become too cold either! I keep in away from the freezer pack, it keeps it at a good temperature when it's wrapped in a towel, not too hot and not too cold!

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 4:41am
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We bring a small cooler in the summer. It is collapsable, but also has a hard plastic liner. We keep cold drinks with an ice pack thing in there, and the epipen in a pocket on the front of the cooler. It is outside the cold compartment, but up against a cold side of the cooler, if that is clear. I hope it does not get too cold that way, but stays cool enough. I have always had a stroller in tow to pile our stuff on, but I might have to rvamp my methods this year. We are outgrowing needeing a stroller everywhere and I hate carrying bunches of stuff! becca

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 10:21pm
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Thanks. I like the icepack in a towel idea for when we are bringing a cooler but..this time we're going to be walking around in Disney World (barring any homeland security threats) and my kiddos are out of strollers. I have a carrying case but need some ideas re: how to keep things cool and EASY to carry. Now THERE is a challenge. This just may not be possible. I'll have to rent a stroller just for the epi-pens!

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 10:51pm
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Hi
In the summer I put 2 freezies (you know, the plastic tube filled with koolaid or whatever it is) wrapped in a napkin in my children's fanny pack, one on each side of the epipen to keep it cool.
have fun on your trip!
take care
deb

Posted on: Tue, 03/18/2003 - 11:25pm
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With us, becuase of the allergies, we always are bringing some sort of pack or bag or cooler with snaks. There are some very small ones, and all this stuff is popping up in the sotres now. I have seen small lunch sacks at Target, that even have a shoudler strap, or fanny pack type things with a small cooler freezable pouch. I am sure you can find something small. I hear ya on the stroller thing! I am so used to it, that when I shop alone now I really miss it for stacking bundles and all! I will surely miss it this summer for holding all our gear as well. becca

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2003 - 2:00am
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DebO and Becca- thanks. Great tips. We are planning to have a small fridge in our hotel room so I can rechill the little cool packs you suggested. I'll get those soon! I bought a small camera case from LL Bean way back just to carry JohnPatrick's Epi-pens and Benedryl with me and to also put my daughter Ellyn's lactaid tablets in there as well. That has worked very well. It should hold the small cooler piece you mention. My biggest worry was that I would freeze the pens and then they would over heat. Wrapping the ice pack first should help and not freezing the pack may also help: ie: maybe put in the fridge only and so the pens are only cooled and not frozen-like a fine red wine which is something my little pack will NOT hold which is unfortunate because my husband and I will probably need something for ourselves at the end of the day...
Thanks for your help. I am just praying that thing settle down a bit before we take flight. Brigitte

Posted on: Wed, 03/19/2003 - 8:13am
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You might want to stick a small indoor/outdoor thermometer in with the Epi's to monitor the temperature ( I got some at Walmart for $2). The Epi's aren't supposed to get colder than 59 deg F, and it's tricky with freezer packs to keep them from getting too cold.

Posted on: Thu, 04/17/2003 - 12:39pm
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I live in Central Florida and carry Epi-pens around with me all the time. We have gone to Disney for hours and just kept it in the backpack (which I highly recommend for theme parks). I think the heat to be worried about is the intense heat found in a closed up car or trunk. When you are outside, the highest it is going to get is 80 or 90. And 90 is rare. REALLY. It's the humidity that makes it feel so much hotter.
Check with the company as to the maximum temperature. I just refilled my Epi-pens. I had them over a year. They are all still clear and in good condition despite being outside on a daily basis. I read the package insert on the renewal and I am pretty sure it actually specified keeping it from extremes of temperature like a glove compartment.
Carolyn

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