School field trip - downhill skiing

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 1:01am
Jenna's picture
Joined: 07/09/2000 - 09:00

Looking for some advice on this field trip--My 9 year old has a field trip to a local ski resort. Do you think it's necessary to carry an epi pen outside? He has never not had an epi pen on him, but I am concerned with it getting too cold and falling on it, etc. The risks should be minimal since he would be outside and there would be no food out there. I can't really think of a means of exposure. I will be inside the chalet (and have an epi pen) for when he comes in to eat, etc. being that they do serve alot of food inside. I do not ski, so carrying it on myself and skiing with him is not an option. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 4:19am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

Jenna, my son carries his epi pen in an epi-belt next to his undershirt even when outside tobogganing etc. He does not ski yet. His ski pants go over the belt and the layers of clothing keep the pen warm enough.
My thoughts re not having it while skiing centre around the this theme: why make an exception to what is an important course of action--always wear the pen when outside of your home. My son wears it during soccer, baseball, at school, playing outside etc. It comes off for swimming but is left in the guard area at the side of the pool during the lesson.
Just my humble advice--others will likely have other ideas.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 8:04am
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Joined: 12/20/2002 - 09:00

Hi Jenna, My 10 year old keeps his epi in one of those hard cases and then tucks it into the inside pocket of his ski coat when he skis. I think that as long as it's not too cold for him to ski, then the pen is warm enough inside his coat. So, yes, I like him to have the pen with him at all times too - I think it shows him there are no exceptions, and also I worry about exposures lurking everywhere anyway. [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 8:55am
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Jenna, I agree with Kathryn (btw, Kathryn, good to see you posting [img][/img] ). My son isn't doing skiing yet, but I saw he was mesmerized by other boys snowboarding yesterday and I think even with outdoor winter activities an Epi-pen in an Epi-belt is do-able.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 9:57am
Jenna's picture
Joined: 07/09/2000 - 09:00

Thank you for the replies. I know I would feel better if he had it on him, since he has never been without it. Just wondering how to make it all work. I guess I will hope that inside his jacket is warm enough. I don't have an epi belt but will try to come up with something that will work. Thanks again.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 11:16am
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Jenna, how does your son carry it now if he has it all the time on him?
Here's what I'm thinking and it may be just me.
My son has his Epi-pen in an Epi-belt. For just going to school days, but Fall and Winter days, he has a t-shirt on (not really an undershirt but that kind of idea) and then a long sleeved top on on top of that. He usually, though it doesn't seem to matter to Jess, clips his Epi-belt over the t-shirt so that it still has another shirt over it. Do you know what I mean?
Of course, other days I see him getting ready and his Epi-belt is simply around his waist around both shirts.
But here was my thinking before babble speak (it's that Anthony LaPaglia thing again, I swear [img][/img] ), if it was up against your son's body almost, or up against a t-shirt and then covered by another shirt and then obviously his ski jacket, I would think that his body warmth would be okay for the Epi-pen. Does that make sense?
I would be afraid for him not to have it on him, if he were my child, simply because who knows, even with no food around, what's at the top of the ski hill and how long is it for someone to get up the ski hill to administer the Epi should he need one?
Also, maybe you could check with some of the adults posting here and see if any of them ski.
Oh, if you don't have an Epi-belt, would a fanny pack work? That's what we had for Jesse in JK and SK. He got his Epi-belt in Grade 1.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/21/2004 - 9:38am
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Joined: 07/09/2000 - 09:00

Alternative to Mainstream-
Thanks for your reply. For some reason my post back to you yesterday didn't show up so I will try again.
My son uses a fanny pack instead of the epi belt. (I would like an epi belt but they are just too expensive- especially the zoni) I will try to have him wear it underneath his jacket. I was also thinking that maybe one of those hand warmers in the outside pocket of his fanny pack might keep it warm but not too warm. My only other concern is that he doesn't fall on it but maybe if it's up around his waist that won't be a problem?

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