Hi everyone. I am new here and love this board! My 3 year old was recently diagnosed with a PA. I am just wondering, have any of you ever used your Epipen for a reaction yet? How did it go? Was the child in allot of pain during it, did it work, etc. Just wondering....
On Sep 1, 2005
We've only had to use one epipen once after he was diagnosed. He was 4 at the time, and had just eaten from a brand new box of cereal that we trusted, bought at least 100 times before, with no incident. (He already had the milk from the same container the night before with no problem.) Within 5 minutes after finishing he started breaking out in welts, then large, quarter-sized bright red hives over his body. I wasn't home to witness this one getting started, but when I got home from the dentist I made the quick decision to give him the epi. It stopped/reversed the reaction as I was headed down to the doctor's office. She said to go right to the ER if his symptoms changed for the worse/did not get better.
She detected mild wheezing at the office, but his skin by that time looked almost normal. An amazing change in a half hour! We then monitored him for a bi-phasic reaction throughout the day.
Ryan was agitated, red, VERY itchy throughout the reaction, but was able to watch his favorite show at the time--Franklin. In fact, he was quite irritated when I took him off the couch to go to the doctor's office.
He didn't mind the epi. I told him exactly what I was going to do, it was going to hurt a little in his thigh, and he might get a headache from the epipen. He's a real trooper though, and is the kind of kid that has never minded getting his blood drawn either for blood tests.
On Sep 2, 2005
I used it for an anaphylactic reaction to egg after a negative skin test. Dd was 2 1/2 at the time. It worked within 30 to 60 seconds, and then we went straight to the allergist who was 15 minutes away. I had the other epis in the car. Dd got a little rash that did not look like hives about two hours later, and I gave her an antihistamine and steriod which the allergist gave us. I did not know to stay and watch for a biphasic reaction, but I would do that now. As far as does it hurt, no more than any other shot. Not something I would ever think about while saving my child`s life.
On Sep 2, 2005
My son had a reaction to something at the park near my mother's last summer. When he got back to my mother's he was coughing - I thought he had something in his throat so we tried to give him something to drink and he couldn't swallow well. Then I checked his back and saw hives, a few minutes later he started to wheez and his eyes were swelling up, so I used the epi-pen.
My son screamed when he saw what I was going to do, but stopped after the needle from the epi- pen went into his leg. He had a small red dot for a few days and he said it hurt a little, but it could have been from the force I used to insert the needle. It was the first time I had to use an epi-pen, and I think I was more scared about it then he was.
BTE - We did go to the hospital and they kept an eye on him for about 4 hours, then released him.
I think the fear for my son came from not knowing what to expect when we used the epi-pen - now he knows what to expect and since it saved his life, I don't think the next time he will be as scared.
Take care, Rita