Monday, February 2, 2009

The dilemma of the Epipen Case.

My husband took my 5 year old to his first Badger Hockey game last weekend and when he was about to leave he asked for the Epipens. I am always happy when my husband remembers to ask for the epipens without me having to remind him. So I hand him the Epipen case with two Epipens in it and he gives me the look.
You know the look of that will not fit into my pocket and you are going to make me carry that thing arent you. I said what? He proceeds into it is pink and flowery, so I change the case for him. That made him happier and this one fit into his pocket.
This makes me start to wonder... what do other families use to carry epipens???? We do have a few different types of cases for the epipens I never seem to find just the right one that will work for all situations. Plus I have three children all with food allergies. I need epipens at school for two of them, then we have church, Awanas, home, playdates, and of course I carry a set in the diaper bag and a set in my purse.
But here are a few I have come across. I would love to hear others opinions on what they use.

Here are a few I found interesting.

Allergykids has a cute one, this is what I have at school for each of my two oldest. It holds two Epipens, allergy alert cards, and Benadryl in it.

The AllergyKids Med Case measures 6”W x9”L and comes in black, water repellant, europrene with the AllergyKids symbol and trademark on it in fluorescent green. The AllergyKids Med Case has a front zipper, as well as a clip and a carrying strap for easy handling and access, and is big enough to hold two epinephrine injections, your child’s Benadryl®, his inhaler and anything else that you may want to include.

Here is one I found that I thought my 7 year old daughter would like. She basically likes anything pink and sparkly. The only thing I don't like is that it only holds one Epipen and we ALWAYS carry two per child.

I actually have this one, but ended up not liking it at all. It again only holds one pen, and it actually it so tight holding just the one it is hard to get the pen in and out of it. I liked the fact it was lined, so it may keep it better insulated in severe temps but it just was to small for me.

Allergy Haven

Here are two more I have gotten. The pink flowered one works good, and my daughter thinks it is pretty which is nice. This is the one we carry for her in her backpack, and to playdates. The blue one we ended up not liking because the belt was HUGE and could not be made small enough to fit any of my kids. We did give it to some friends whose daughter loves it and uses it for school epipens.

Take in Case
This one I am actually kind of excited to see. In the summer the kids, my hubby, and I like to go bike riding and for walks. We of course always bring the epipens and my husband is usually the one that will stick the Epipens in his pocket or I bring my purse to carry them. I found this website and I think this would be great for our summer activities. I may be ordering this one before summer. I will let you know how it works out if I order one.

Protectube Auto Injector Case

Someone in the support group told me about this one. They used it when they went to a hotel with a pool and needed to take the epipens down to the pool and wanted to make sure they were safe and did not get wet.

The doctor-recommended Protectube offers the ultimate protection for anyone who must carry an auto-injector. Made of extremely strong and durable material, it is lightweight, water-proof, and UV protected. The easy-to-open PVC cap is quickly removed for speedy access to your auto-injectors. Discharged auto-injectors can be stored in Protectube until proper needle disposal can be obtained. Tube is "see through" for easy identification, with room to include instructions.

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