Where is epi-pen kept at your child\'s school?

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 7:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Also, is it where you actually want it?

If it has been needed was it available immediately?

If it hasn't been needed, have you ever gone in to the school to check expirey date and they couldn't find it? or the key to unlock it?

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 8:19am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

My son has the double epi-belt with a pouch for benedryl. I wouldn't have it any other way.
There is back-up meds in the office too.

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 8:20am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

It's where I want it. Three in the nurse's office and one in his Epi-belt on his body.

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 11:05am
mchammond's picture
Joined: 09/21/2000 - 09:00

Ours is where we want it:
med bag with the teacher in charge of the class (changes for art, gym, etc)
We are changing to the middle school & the nurse recommended a second bag in his office. I thought it was a great idea so we will have a back up there as well.

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 11:12pm
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At what age did they start carrying it themselves?

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 11:26pm
Tamie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

My dd is 6, she keeps hers in her backback in a pouch inside of it, she carries her backpack everywhere she goes, to specials, lunch and outside for recess. There is also one in the classroom up high and not locked up. The nurse has some in her office as well, although her office is a ways away in a different building.

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 11:43pm
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Austin is 6 in S.K. and in the classroom he has a hook for his backpack and his epipen is inside.
Also his teacher has one in her desk, and we just changed it because it was to expire this month.
He doesn't carry it with him at all times though, his school is peanut/free and he doesn't eat anything from anyone else so when he does go into the gym(which is next door to classroom) I don't make him bring it.

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 1:12am
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My son is five and I have an epi for him. His reactions were to an insect bite and an insect sting. Neither required epi, just an antihistamine, but I am fully aware of how quickly that could change.
The bite was on a farm, and we [b]think[/b] it was an insect around animals. The sting, well, we don't know what it was, but, we [b]think[/b] it was an insect that is not around home, we were on vacation at the time.
His school has a large park around it, and I am going to talk to his doctor about sending his epi to school - they require a doctor's note. I'm more afraid that he'll get the epi unnecessarily than of it not being available - because I think it very unlikely he'll have a reaction in this province. If I had never had a severe reaction I wouldn't even have an epi for him.
I just called his school and was actually quite impressed. I asked where epi-pens are kept and here's the school rule. One is kept in the office, the other is carried on the student (fanny pack). Because of his age I can talk to his teacher, and we will decide whether it should be kept by her while in school, but they request that he bring it back and forth daily for two reasons. The first is so that it becomes a habit early and the second is because they are so expensive it is their attempt to help reduce the cost for parents.
Somebody kick me in the pants. I really need some help making what I know is the right decision.
Also, when I was talking to the secretary she asked my son's name. She had (at first) thought I was calling about bringing a second epi-pen, and as soon as she heard me son's name she said they had no record of him having an epi-pen. I was very impressed that she knew this immediately, as they do have several children with food allergies. That's the way it should be, but it's still nice to have confirmation that things are working properly.

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 8:48am
Gail W's picture
Joined: 12/06/2001 - 09:00

There are several epi-pens (6?) in the nurse's office (the district provides them). There are also epi-pens throughout the building taped to the wall above a child's reach: 2 in the school office, one in Mariah's primary classroom, and one in the cafeteria (close proximity to playground).
Mariah may not carry her own epi-pens at school. (District policy due to Missouri law.)

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 11:56pm
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I'm very happy with how our school handles the epi-pen issue. We have our requirements in Leah's 504 plan and have never had a problem. We have five at school: one in teacher's desk; one in teacher's emergency back pack (that she would grab in case of fire or earth quake, and takes on field trips); one in Leah's back pack (she does not carry this around school; just back and forth each day and to any play dates; one in the school office and one in the school's earth quake kit. I've never had a problem with one being lost or missing.
My dh was worried (at first) about the epi-pen being given when it wasn't necessary. Our doctor didn't think we needed to worry about that because she feels that most people are a little scared or nervous to give it and would not rush to do so unless it seems clear that it was needed. I don't have any evidence to back this up but it seems to make sense.
Good luck; I think it's a great idea to keep one at school. If you think it sounds like over kill for your son to wear it, in his situation, could he just keep one in his backpack? -Miriam

Posted on: Fri, 05/23/2003 - 12:05am
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If it is to be kept in his back-pack, then special arrangements need to be made as to where to keep the back pack.
His class has their cubbies outside the classroom (in a very wide hall). Other classes do walk through there, but my main concern would be that one of the other kindergarten children might take the epi-pen out and injure themselves or someone else.
His school does seem to be handling the whole allergy thing pretty well, so I'm going to talk to his teacher next week and I'm hoping she'll have a suggestion.


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