Kids and Pre-teens with #food allergies need to #carry their #epinephrine even if their school has one in every classroom.

Efforts to have two #Epipen epinephrine auto injectors to treat severe allergic reactions in every class room are extremely important, especially for kids who might develop anaphylaxis food allergies at a later age.  What parents of students who already know that their kids have #anaphylaxis allergies should ensure they are self carrying their epi's even if there is one in their school classroom.

The minute a Dr. gives you a prescription for a an Epipen (or Auvi-q) get the injectors and start teaching your kid to self carry their epinephrine. Are they going to feel different or weird because they need to carry epinephrine ? Yes they will, but better safe than sorry. My son is now a teenager and the best thing I did as a mom was not only to teach him to self carry the Epipens but also made it a rule . You can't go out of the house without shoes...right? Same with the epi's.

As your child grows older, with your help and supervision, carrying their epi's becomes a habit. Start by helping them find an epi carrier they feel comfortable with and make sure it attaches to their bodies. Cargo pants are great, and undergarment belts or a leg holster are even better. The WaistPal is a winner among students because it helps them discreetly conceal the auto injectors. 

Every person that has anaphylaxis  allergies needs to carry an epinephrine auto injector ON them at all times. Today there are numerous epi carriers available to do so. No excuses! Nothing safer than having the Epipens (or auviq) on you.  

The #WaistPal and other discreet modern cool looking #Epipen and #AuviQ #carriers that are great for school students as young as 5 years of age are available at: Amazon StoreYahoo Store

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waistpal epipen carrier for kids, and teens.

Best case for insulin and/or epipen ~ discreet insulated body wear.

Body heat + WaistPal is the best insulated  storage for temperature sensitive #Epipen and even #Insulin especially during long winter travels, according to study  results published by wilderness medicine team. 

Why the #Waistpal 
Fast Access:  Two compartments (one front & one back)
Discreet: Only 1.5 inches wide (3.81cm)
Comfortable:  Soft Neoprene material that contours to your body. Fully lined.
No Pinch:  No plastic buckles
No itching: Like a soft underwear, fully lined with no nylon stitches and fully lined in the inside with breathable thin neoprene.
Waterproof Outside Pockets:Made of neoprene good for canoeing, camping, or play in the snow.
Athletic Design: Flexible on the sides so you can move easily.
No Bouncing: Instead of one large pouch it has two small tight compartments so it won't move or bounce when you run. 

"My son asked for a Waistpal for his birthday. He is only six and I was quite sad when he said that 
it was all  he wanted. Now that he is going for the first time  to a summercamp I realized that he was smarter than me. I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT BEFORE.  He likes it because is comfortable and his friends think it looks cool. I love it because I know my son has his #epipens with him. They are not inside a medicine cabinet or inside the bag of a summercamp councelor"
Peter G.

"WaistPal is an awesome product, it could be called a belt, but it doesn't have the uncomfortable buckles that make every belt quite difficult to wear. It's so comfortable  and  practical that I can't believe that something like this could have made my life much easier. Thanks for making my "living with allergies" much easier than ever."Jim C.

"My kid calls it his secret allergy weapon holster because he  likes to hide it under his shirts. He loves the fact that is easy to put on and it doesn't restrain his movements so he can run and play while wearing it." Marion L.

Kids waterproof epipen pouch Waistpal (Front Pocket)

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What is an Auvi-Q?

Auvi-Q is the newest epinephrine auto injector devise that became available in the US in 2013.

SANOFI AUVI-Q(TM)Auvi-Q™ (epinephrine injection, USP) has the same medication, epineprhine as the Epipen.  Both products have the same medication but the difference is the mechanism of  the auto-injectors. Both are available in US retail pharmacies nationwide with a prescription from a healthcare provider.

Auvi-Q is the first-and-only epinephrine auto-injector with audio and visual cues for the emergency treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions in people who are at risk for or have a history of anaphylaxis.

Up to six million Americans may be at risk for anaphylaxis, although the precise incidence is unknown and likely under-reported.

Multiple studies have found an association between delay in epinephrine administration and death from anaphylaxis. Life-threatening allergic reactions may occur as a result of exposure to allergens including foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, soy and wheat; insect stings; latex and medication, among other allergens and causes.

About Auvi-Q
Auvi-Q provides users with audible and visual cues, including a five-second injection countdown and an alert light to signal when the injection is complete. Auvi-Q also features an automatic retractable needle mechanism to help prevent accidental needle sticks.

About Anaphylaxis
The signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis can vary from person to person and from one episode to the next. Some people may have hives/itching, facial or tongue swelling, which makes it difficult to breathe or swallow, while others may experience nausea and vomiting. These symptoms may begin within seconds, minutes or hours after exposure to the allergen. The best prevention method for anaphylaxis is avoidance of the specific allergen(s).
When a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction occurs, epinephrine should be administered immediately and patients and caregivers should seek immediate medical attention. Patients and caregivers should always carry and know how to use an epinephrine auto-injector to treat emergency allergic reactions. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can result in death within a matter of minutes.

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Saving your marriage and parenting a child with food allergy

The emotional aspects of managing a child’s food allergies will challenge even the best of marriages.

When a child is diagnosed with life threatening food allergies usually the mother becomes the "overprotective" parent looking out against all enemies, and the husband is more than often viewed as one of those opponents.  The mom monitors what food allergens the husband eats and how well he cleaned up afterward.

The good news is that it will take time, but couples can unite with the purpose of finding a way to manage food allergies in our household.
  Coping with any life-threatening medical condition in a child is a heavy burden especially on the parent doing the bulk of the daily childcare. 

As a couple,  it is crucial to have frequent discussions and find common grounds.   Use the list of potential conflicts below to begin these discussions. Keep adding questions of your own as situations that cause conflict come up to make sure you don't forget to discuss how to manage it next time it happens.  Review it on a regular basis to ensure 100% compliance.  

Is your fault that our child was born with food allergies.

Every day a new study is published about what causes  food allergies. Results range from genetics, to living in an extra clean environment, food additives,
pesticides, and even the water we drink.  Bottom line, more research is still on the
works, so don't waste your time on this subject.

You don't even know what our child is allergic just don't care.  

Both parents need to be exposed to the same facts and experiences regarding children’s health. Both parents should go to the doctor appointments or therapies, school meetings and other important activities so that they get the same experiences and input.

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by Marlena Delgado Coen