Should my 4 year old carry his own epi-pen?

Posted on: Tue, 08/12/2008 - 11:59am
hollys2funboys's picture
Joined: 06/12/2007 - 09:00

Hi everyone,

My pn/tn allergic 4 year old son will be starting junior kindergarten in September. I have been looking at all sorts of carrying devices for epi-pens online but now I'm wondering if he is still too young and whether he should be carrying one at all. Of course, his teacher would have access to at least 2 or three epi-pens (one in office, one in backpack, one with teacher) so should I add a fourth along with a new carrying device/belt?

Just wondering what other parents of young children are doing.


Posted on: Tue, 08/12/2008 - 12:07pm
Skywalker's picture
Joined: 06/12/2008 - 16:10

I would not let a 4 year old carry an epi pen. It can accidentally fire if played with and hurt him or another child. My almost 7 year old son will be entering first grade and he doesn't self carry. His teacher has 2 in the classroom and they have two more in the nurse's office.

Posted on: Wed, 08/13/2008 - 5:02am
niche's picture
Joined: 02/05/2007 - 09:00

We don't think our son is ready just yet either. He is 6 going into first grade. We think he will be ready by second or third. My school nurse said most kids she has worked with start in third or forth.

Posted on: Wed, 08/13/2008 - 8:37am
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Hi There
not knowing your son..... I would say no way! I am surprised that they would let him carry his own epi! My son is 7 and I still don't think he is mature enough to carry his own. Little ones are far too curious!
When DS was in kindergarden and pre school The epi was kept inthe class room in a cabinate. The area was right outside the class rom. so we left it there.
Now in school there is one in the nurses office and one in a pack pack that has a first aid kit ect ( afor all the kids) that goes to the playground ect. I think that is sufficient.

Posted on: Sat, 08/23/2008 - 12:04pm
Sheeba's picture
Joined: 04/29/2008 - 18:47

My dd is 5 and she wears hers all day long at school. She has a little pouch (like a fanny pack) and she weras it everywhere all day long. I don't see any issues as long as you ensure they know it is not a toy and can't be played with. DD knows how serious her allergy is and that the epi-pen is medicine that can save her life so its only to be administer by an adult. At school the office also has a second epi-pen for her.

Posted on: Sun, 08/24/2008 - 9:13am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Way too young, IMO. An adult will be supervising him at all times anyhow at that age. And it`s way too soon to be worrying about when he goes places unsupervised as a teenager. Pa is stressful enough for kids; no point in adding unneeded stress on the things that an adult should be doing, like carrying the epi.

Posted on: Sun, 08/24/2008 - 12:05pm
Jen224's picture
Joined: 05/22/2006 - 09:00

I talked to our allergist about when most of his patients start to carry their own Epi, and he said it's usually close to 9-10 years old...and that occasionally he encounters someone mature enough at 8 who could handle that responsibilty.
Our 4 year old is eons away from being ready.
I'd wait. Just my opinion....

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2008 - 2:40am
MommyOfTwo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2007 - 09:44

I agree and say 4 is way too young. My oldest who doesn't have any FA's is almost 5 and I just can't imagine at his age carrying around an epi. I know he listens well and follows direction unbelievably well, but I also know he is 5 and that part in his brain that goes over consequences just isn't there yet. All the instructions in the world doesn't mean he is mature enough that if left alone for a certain amount of time he wouldn't "examine" the epi more closely.
What does your allergist say?

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