Misc ramblings and input needed.

Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 12:03am
beansmama's picture
Joined: 10/03/2002 - 09:00

We finally decided that we needed to have a little medical bag with us at all times. I knew this was the case, yet... I'm such a slacker.

So, we took our daughter to our Parish fall festival, and on two different occassions, I could cause to stop and catch my breath - FEAR and panic.

My husband was across the room with our PA daughter, and a teacher was giving her bits of cookie....and my DH did NOTHING. Needless to say, we had a stearn talk afterwards. Thankfully, nothing happened.

Later during the day, another woman gave our daughter a cookie. I kindly thanked the woman and then took the cookie away, much to my baby's dismay.

So, I decided to get my act together and pack a medical bag. I've got Bren's EpiPens, a bottle of Benedryl with a dosing spoon, and antibacterial wipes.

What other kinds of things, if any, should I be carrying for emergency purposes? I sincerely hope that I NEVER have to use any of this stuff, but, better safe than sorry, right?


Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 12:04am
beansmama's picture
Joined: 10/03/2002 - 09:00

<<< I could cause to stop and catch my breath>>>
This makes absolutely no sense. I'm sorry... I'm doing two things at once! Geez. =)

Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 12:30am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

How about including:
-a copy of her medical alert card;
-a listing of safe snacks for her;
-a list of safe med's she's taken before
without allergic reactions;
-your full name, phone number, address, and
her health card number.

Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 12:52am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

Safe snacks to exchange for that COOKIE somebody might offer her.

Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 2:38am
Love my C's picture
Joined: 04/03/2002 - 09:00

I also keep the little brochure that came with the epipen in his bag... "Questions & Answers about the Epipen.." It gives instructions with a picture of how to use the epipen. I thought this might help others who watch my son now and again.
I also keep my own one page "Emergency Action Plan" with Signs of a mild reaction as well as severe reaction and how to treat each. (The same for his asthma meds too.) Our home & cell #'s, as well as his allergist's #.
I'll have to add a copy of his medical card per Syd's mom's suggestion.
Don't you hate it when people give your child food without asking first!!!

Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 4:12am
LDR's picture
Joined: 09/28/2001 - 09:00

In addition to all the things mentioned, we keep $20 in our medical bag. You never know what that emergency situation will be like, and I figured it always a good idea to have some cash on hand.

Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2002 - 5:57am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I also keep band aids in ours. Fortunately we've never needed the epi-pen but have used plenty of the band aids!! Shame on those people for giving any baby a cookie without checking with the parents first. That's the kind of thing that really bugs me.

Posted on: Wed, 10/09/2002 - 1:39am
beansmama's picture
Joined: 10/03/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for all the excellent suggestions!!!!
A little bit of money is a great idea, I would have never thought of that. And, I'll get her medical alert card, as well as a listing of safe snacks, and phone numbers in there ASAP!
You guys are great!

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 12:55pm
KarenH's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

This may sound silly but if she's little and can't speak for herself, what about a button that says...
"Please don't feed me! I have food allergies!" I saw that on the 48 hrs. program about PA.

Posted on: Thu, 10/10/2002 - 9:56pm
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Seriously though about the little button, it is a great thing to do! I often put a sticker on my son that says "I have food allergies DON'T FEED ME." I cannot believe the number of adults who think that they have to feed every child that comes their way. This annoyed me even before dealing with the allergy. I mean how do the other parents even know if the child's parents allow them to have sweets or whatever the food may be (what if the child is diabetic, etc...). I know you all feel the same way, just needed a little vent.

Posted on: Sat, 10/12/2002 - 2:10am
KarenH's picture
Joined: 09/21/2002 - 09:00

Oh I totally agree. I don't have a PA child, but even a store in my town used to offer the kid's suckers at the checkout every time we went through without asking me. I hated it, mostly because I wanted my son to have a healthier snack, not a sucker (this was when he was 2-3 years old). Plus I'd heard of that brand of sucker coming off the stick and posing a choking hazard. Imagine the tantrum then you end up dealing with when someone offers your 2 year old a sucker, gives it to them when you're busy unloading groceries, and then you take it away. Grrrr!
On another note, a different store in town has sample people giving out food, and they are very good about allergies. Kids are not allowed samples without their parent's permission. Of course though, now they know us and know that I'm the one with the allergies. :P


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