Will kids and teens feel awkward having to wear a fanny pack pouch and big medical alert signs that tells everyone they have some kind of food allergy.
Yes they will, but better safe than sorry. As a parent or a friend, the best thing you can do for a child with food allergies is to help them develop the habit of self carrying the epinephrine auto injectors at all times. Not inside the backpack but inside a "Body Wear" epineprhine carrier.
The family that founded OmaxCare always tells the story of how finding a waist pack or pouch the men in the family would wear for more than few days was such an impossible task, that they started manufacturing them. The first one was the LegBuddy concealed leg holster, then the Waistpal undergarment waist sling with no buckles which is great for when you are playing sports or wearing shorts to school.
Parents, please don't wait too long to start teaching your child about the importance of self carrying "the kit". If you wait until they are teenagers it will be twice as difficult and will cause a lot of arguments that could affect even the strongest parent child relationship. If you pass the responsibility of carrying the life saving medications to the child as soon as they enter their school years, you will need to remind them often, and probably loose couple of auto-injectors, but as time goes by it just becomes a habit.
Don't just carry Epipen's inside a bag
During an emergency bags can be difficult to find, and no matter how much you try, it is impossible to have them on your shoulder at all times. Cargo pants are great, and an undergarment sling or a leg holster like the LegBuddy and WaistPal can help discreetly carry and conceal the auto injectors. Every person that has anaphylaxis food allergies needs to carry an epinephrine auto injector ON them at all times. Today there are epicarriers available to do so. No more excuses! Self carry epinephrine.
Make it a rule that can't be broken
Having to carry
life saving epinephrine auto injectors is something no one likes to do
and no one knows how difficult it is until you need to do so, but it is
one of the easiest tasks to learn about living with food allergy and
anaphylaxis especially if your parents made it a rule that couldn't be
broken while you where growing up.