What do you use to tote your childs meds?

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 6:49am
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My son is still in diapers, so when we go out anywhere, his diaper bag side pockets have 2 epi pens and liquid benedryl. They are easy to access and always there. However since we are in the process of potty training and (hopefully!) soon will elimate this need to tote around a diaper bag, it got me wondering what to use to carry around his meds? What do you use? I am used to carrying around a small clutch purse (clearly will need to change) but don't want anything too bulk or big.

Suggestions?

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 6:55am
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We use a small fanny pack. It works well for us. Anytime we go into someones home it goes on top of the refridgerator. That way it is always in the same place and my husband, DD, family and friends we visit regularly always know where it is.
Maggie

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 7:13am
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I take dd's meds to school / camp etc... in the reg FAAN bag (they sell them as well as a keychain thing that your can put your childs picture in so it is easy to know who the med bag is for.
I also look for purses (I too used to be a "small purse person")with a seperate section - maybe zippered - so I don't have to dig past the Epi everytime I am looking for my keys. I have also found that the Epi will fit better in some small dressier purses if you take them out of the boxes (I normally leave them in the box for extra protection and the prescription labelling)and just leave them in the tube.

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 1:37pm
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We put ours in an insulated soft lunch bag. This helps keep them from overheating in the summer which can ruin them. Sometimes I will put a frozen pack wrapped in a wash cloth to make sure they don't overheat for a day out in the heat. In the winter, the insulation protects them from the cold. It's small and has a handle. You can even find ones with characters (scooby-doo, etc.) on them.

Posted on: Mon, 08/25/2003 - 1:59pm
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We got Trevor a Bob the Builder insulated lunchbox to keep his in, and he loves to carry it whenever we leave the house! There is room for his diapers in it too.
Tina
Trevor 8/6/01
Harmony 1/22/03

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 12:14am
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The meds are in a big zip-lock bag which is carried in my "purse" when I'm with Ben. This purse is really one of those LL Bean shoulder bags. When I'm out by myself, I carry a smaller purse. When my husband is out with the kids, he carries the shoulder bag with the meds--taking my wallet and cell phone out first so I have them.

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 12:38am
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I found a big [b]RED[/b] fabric pencil case with a see thru window that fits three epi pens and Benadryl.
I bought a bunch of them and DS is taking them to college to keep extra epi pens in a gym bag when he has no belt loops to attach his holder onto.
One will stay with the nurse which in college I think is useless since DS has a cell phone to call 911, and another will go to the head of security, all containing at least one epi pen.
The extras I just hold onto because they were cheap and really do the job.
Peggy

Posted on: Tue, 08/26/2003 - 11:37am
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We've been using a fanny pack, but just last week we found pencil cases at Wal-mart for $0.97. They're the "no boundaries" label with a little leather label and hand strap that fits perfectly over my wrist. Since he's in Kindergarten, my son can't carry it at school: the teacher passes it to the cafeteria monitors, PE teacher, etc., as he goes to class. We've got 2 pens in the plastic tubes (I had the pharmacy put the prescription labels on the tubes, by the way), Benadryl tablets, pennies, and the instruction insert from the epi package about how to use it. I'm also going to add a page about anaphylaxsis symptoms as soon as I get it translated. I'm also considering getting some foam padding to insulate the pack. We had a metal engraved luggage tag (made in a machine at Wal-mart) with my son's name and basic instructions attached to the pack.

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2003 - 6:31am
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When my son started school last year we made him start to wear a fanny pack. It's from shoppers drug mart, and it's for epipens. It's not too big, and I also keep his health card in there. He wears it everywhere, except soccer, I carry it, until the game is over. While at home, we let it hang from the front door so we don't forget it on our way out. Our school initially didn't want him to wear it, all of the other children pin their fanny packs to the bulletin board, and have extra's in the office. My thinking is that if he needs them, and he's outside after lunch or snack time, someone has to run back in, and get them. He has to take them off to go to the bathroom. He did forget them at school, once, and we went straight back to get them. Hope that helps.
Janet

Posted on: Wed, 08/27/2003 - 10:18am
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I have those red pencil cases too! I also use the clear cosmetic bags that you can find at a cosmetic discount store with zipper. I carry 2 Epi pens(in original box with Rx info), liquid Benadryl with measuring spoon or cup, Physicians Orders (good for use when traveling) and my brightly colored Emergency sheet with phone numbers and instructions in case of a reaction.
This way of carrying it keeps everything all together so that I can take it out of one handbag and put into another bag or if my husband goes out and needs to have it with him. I think I might add name,address,phone number and photo to our emergency sheet.
At School they will also have a fanny pack for the teacher with all of the above items in it.

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2003 - 6:48am
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I also use a pencil case! I put the epi pen jr & the diastat in it, it is a perfect fit! I also carry benadryl at all times. It's easy with the quilted backpack I carry. (Vera Bradley style, but a little cheaper, it's so light weight) I can have it over my shoulder or on my back & have my hands free! That way if I'm not home with the kids my husband always knows where the emergency meds are located!

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