Where is your childs Epi kept at school?

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2008 - 12:51pm
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Just wandering how everyone else handles there childs epi-pen at school do they carry them with them at all times? Are they kept in the nurses office? ect...

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2008 - 2:41pm
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we just bought our son two different epi carriers. he can pick which one he wants to wear. we were keeping them in the office, but recently realized how important it is for him to carry them with him.
our school is small and they have no "rules" about this. so i just said, "he'll be wearing this from now on."

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2008 - 2:27am
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My sons epi is in the nurses office. If the school would allow it I would love to have a set at the nurses office and a set for him to carry.

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2008 - 2:35am
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My dd is 8 yrs old and I am working on her to carry the pen on her at all times. I had requested the teachers carry the pen at recess,gym,or anyother place the pen was not and followed up on my request and found out the teachers were not doing this. I explained to them the importance of having the pen on hand at all times. I have read many articles of children that have passed and most of the time it was because they did not have the epi pen on hand right away.

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2008 - 8:25am
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i just checked my son's epi pens and lo and behold, one had been deployed. we will have to talk more about how to take care of them and not to play with them. i feel more comfortable that he wears them, but at his age--6--it might not always be the best.
he said he didn't play with it, so i'm not sure what happened. earlier in the week, his bag fell off and a little boy in his class took off running with it...

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 3:15am
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My DS carries an epi on him in an E-belt. He's in first grade. It's worked well so far. There is also another epi kept in the nurses office. They now keep all students epi pens & benedryl in a medical type box that has a handle. (It looks like a tool box and it's bright red with EPI-PENS written on the outside.) This way they can pick it up and carry it easily to where the child is.
They have come a long way since last year...they used to keep them locked in a cabinet. (That was why we fought for him to be allowed to carry it in the first place!) I was very happy to see this change this year!

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 10:56pm
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Because of the way my child's school is set up, next year she will be quite far from the nurse's office. I am considering having her keep an epi-pen in her bookbag. I thought about if she had a reaction in the classroom, how long would it take the nurse to get to the medicine locker, up the stairs, down the hall, down another hall....you get the picture.

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2008 - 8:29am
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My dd was in kindergarten this year. we kept an epi in the nurses office in addition to that my daughter has a small bag that contains her epi-pen and benadryl that she carries with her. The school put up little hooks for her to hang the bag in all of her classes and gym so she would carry the bag anytime she changed rooms and hang it on a hook in the next so it was always with her. The only complaint she has had is sometimes losing her place in line when she would retrieve her epi-bag.
We have recently had a bullying type situation with a child with a peanut allergy in our area not at dd's school but on local news... My concern is with my daughter carrying around this epi-bag that pretty much all of the other students know about her peanut allergy... Right now the kids in her class are great about her peanut allergy even reminding her if she forgets her bag or asking her if she has it but what about in a few more years when one of these kids that are her friends get mad at her and decide to use this information against her? I know that of course all the teaching staff need to be aware of the situation but Im not so sure that it is a good idea for all the students. This concerns me and Im just not sure how to handle it in the future.

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