Epipens-Jr. and Adult.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 4:31am
Xena66's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/10/2001 - 09:00

The doctor who advised to use a Jr. epipen on a child between the weight of the Jr. and an adult epipen, and then see if they require more, really scares me.
The trick to this dilemma of when to switch them is to remember that if the epipen is required at all, we are probably dealing with a life and death situation. In which case, it is far better to give a bit too much, then not enough. Because time is of the essence, there is certainly NONE available to see if the amount in the Jr. is enough to do the trick.
My well-respected allergist said to switch my daughter to an adult Epipen at 33 lbs. which is 15 kg and exactly what it says the Jr. is suitable up to. And there really isn't any other option.
The problem to this is that there is no epipen to suit children who are just over the weight of the Jr. but under the weight of the adult. And the epipen manufacturers here in Canada (who are the worst people to deal with!) insist that there is not enough of a market to manufacture them. Hello????!!!!
Having said that however, because it is rare that there are repercussions from injecting epinephrine even when it isn't needed, it is more favorable to give too much from the adult Epipen then not enough from the Jr. We are trying to save the child's life here.
Good luck! :-)

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2001 - 10:30am
BCUZILUVHIM's picture
Offline
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

I agree 100% with you Xena66!! My son never had an epi jr. He always had an adult epi. His allergist felt that the seriousness of my sons only reaction to pb (contaminated jelly, never ate pb reacted to trace amount) ie, severe angioedema of face eyes and hands that lasted for 3 days even with benedryl and cortisone, an epi jr would never cover him. So I do believe better to be safe than sorry. A little tachycardia is easier to deal with than a child that is in the midst of full blown anaphylaxis and is not responding to epi. jr. and you are 15-20 minutes away from the nearest ER. (thankfully, we have a hospital 2 blocks from our condo)
Blessings and B-well! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Fran

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2001 - 3:05am
Xena66's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/10/2001 - 09:00

Thanks Fran! It is nice to know some people are getting the right information out there. I can't believe the lack of knowledge some GP's have when it comes to allergies. It is understandable but not when they do not pass you along to an allergist and instead choose to deal with it themselves. That is when people aren't informed properly.
Thanks for your reply!

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Asthma is a condition that is considered to be chronic and long term. Asthma disrupts the airways located in the lungs. Asthma often causes these...

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

People with peanut allergy should know about foods to avoid, as many who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to other nuts like walnuts, cashews...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

Whether you have a child with a peanut allergy or you are sensitive to packing a nut-free lunch out of concern for other people’s children, it is...

For those living with peanut allergies, having a source of ready-to-eat 'safe' foods can be a...

Those with severe peanut allergies soon learn to look for the 'peanut-free sign' on any packaged food purchase. This is a notation found on a wide...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...

It Is Easy To Buy Peanut Free Chocolate Online

Ask any parent of a child with a potentially life-...

How Do You Determine If A Food Is Safe For A Peanut Allergic Person?

The answer varies. “Peanut-free” means different things to different...

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a New Drug Application for an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) designed for use with...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

Soymilk is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk. As well as being rich in fiber, soy is a great source of protein and contains all...

My mom was at a lakeside restaurant enjoying fish and chips when her mouth began tingling. The next day at a family gathering, we had grilled...