How young can they wear their own epi pen?

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 2:41am
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At what age did you start letting your child "wear" their epipen jr? My dd will start preschool in the fall and I know I do not want her to wear it all the time yet. But I was wondering if it would be reasonable for her to wear it when the class goes out to the playground or to the gym. When they leave the classroom, SOMEONE will have to have it with them. I know the teacher can take it, but I was wondering if this would be a good first experience for her to "own" it - wearing it for 30 minutes on the playground. Obviously the teacher would be responsible for putting it on her each time. Am I jumping ahead of myself here? I was just thinking this might be a way to break it in slowly before she starts school and has to wear it all the time. I'd appreciate your thoughts and experience.

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 4:31am
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Hi Lauren
At the preschool my daughter attended, it was the policy that students with epipens wear them at all times. Out of the 24 or so kids in her afternoon group, at least 4 required epipens. At first I thought this was too much for a three-year-old, but now I am glad for the policy. Hannah is completely used to wearing the epipen now and doesn't complain about it when it is time to put it on for JK or other outings.
Sarah
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[This message has been edited by hannah mom (edited February 12, 2004).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 8:14am
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Do you ever worry that the epi will break while the kids are playing on playground equipment?

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 12:47pm
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My son keeps his epipens in plastic travel toothbrush containers. They are very sturdy and almost the perfect size - we have put small pieces of foam at either end to stop the epipen from moving. We've been doing this for about 12 years now, all the way through his school years. Keep an eye out at the drugstore for the cylindrical toothbrush holders - sometimes they are flat. He played on playgrounds for years with no mishap to his epipens.
Note: I did hear that paramedics here in BC, Canada, won't administer the epipen unless it is accompanied by the official pharmacy label that is stuck onto the original container. I always ask for a double label, and put one on the toothbrush holder too. I don't actually know if that's true about the paramedics not administering it.

Posted on: Thu, 02/12/2004 - 12:55pm
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The toothbrush holder is a good idea. Do you take the epi out of the original protective tube when putting the epi into the brush holder?

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 12:59am
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deegan, my son started wearing his epi-pen in jr. kindergarten. As with Sarah's daughter's pre-school, that was what the school wanted. And, I'm glad they did *strongly recommend* that he carry it himself.
I purchased the zonii e-belt (sold by medic-alert in Canada so it has the medic-alert symbol on it). Here is the information I receieved from the company: [b]The belts can withstand 250-300 lbs of weight or 1,000 lbs of applied pressure.[/b] So, with this belt, I don't worry that the epi will break while the kids are playing on playground equipment.

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 1:26am
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Lauren Cover, my son has been wearing his Epi-belt since he was 3-3/4 years old. The school required that he have it on him. Actually, sorry, he had a fanny pack with the Epi-pen for the first two years of school, JK and SK and we purchased the MedicAlert Epi-belt for when he entered Grade 1.
He is now in Grade 3 and although the Epi-belt is showing some wear on the outside as far as leather scratched and stuff, the Epi is still safe and sound.
The strange thing I found was that Jess really preferred the Epi-belt to the fanny pack and I have to tell you, when I first tried it on him, and it does seem like yesterday, but was more like 3 years ago, it felt darned hard. Sometimes at night, he will even forget and go to bed with it on and I have to remind him.
It's just part and parcel of him, with a couple of exceptions where he's forgotten, and I really think that's a *good* thing.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 3:06am
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Our DS just started wearing an e-belt 3 days ago. He has a friend in his SK class who wears one and he has been asking since the start of school if he can wear his. We finally decided it would be in his best interest.
When we went and picked it up in Toronto at Medic Alert , he had all day to examine it before we put the epi pen in the next day for school. That way we were sure he would not be fiddling with it at school.
He and his class mate have apparently been disscussing it between themselves. DS came home telling us were she wears her belt and that it only comes off at home.
I feel much better that he is wearing it. And he understands that it is dangerous to play with it and NO ONE but himself or an adult at school may touch it.
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ssmd mom of 3

Posted on: Fri, 02/13/2004 - 10:47am
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The epibelt is a good idea. They weren't around when my son was younger, so that's why we used the toothbrush holders. We did take it out of the original container. He now has a Zoni belt, but won't wear it. I do hope he will wear it when necessary, but at seventeen, he prefers to just take his backpack with him wherever he goes, and his epipen is in a fanny pack inside his backpack.

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