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 Post subject: epipen belts
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:31 pm 
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Hello everyone.

What are the choices nowadays for an epipen belt-type carrier?
I've seen the epibelt, but I want something that draws attention to it a bit more. EBelt wouldn't mean a thing to many people.
I've seen the Medic-Alert one, it has a nice logo on it, but we're not Medic Alert members. As such, the cost is quite high. We have to become members first.

What else is there? I only want the kids to carry one twinject.

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11yo boy - peanuts nuts chickpeas
8yo daughter - peanuts, nuts, mustard, eggs, sunflowers (new! ), oral allergy syndrome
husband - pollen of all kinds
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:48 pm 
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I just found the allergy pack.
http://allergypack.com/index.html

It looks big. While the asthma+inhaler is exactly what I'm looking for, for my daughter, I really want the smallest possible size for a belt for my son. This AllergyPack looks huge! Is it?

Oh, and is there someone out there that would manufacture these things in something other than black??? Pink would be great for my girl.

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11yo boy - peanuts nuts chickpeas
8yo daughter - peanuts, nuts, mustard, eggs, sunflowers (new! ), oral allergy syndrome
husband - pollen of all kinds
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:11 pm 
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My girls don't have one yet...but these are the ones we're looking at getting:

http://www.epipuppy.com/

http://www.kozyepi.com/

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DD age 9 1/2 -peanuts, nuts,
DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:08 am 
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We bought an kozyepi for our daughter last fall. We are happy with it. The belt is much smaller than the ebelt. The pouch is a bit larger and does fit an epipen in a protect tube or 2 epipens in their regular cases (the ones provided by the company). I wish the ebelt came in pink also. The kozyepi we bought was a cute pink one with flowers. I don't like their new selection as much and I am surprised that epipen princess was written on one. Epipen is trademarked.

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11 year old daughter -- lives with life-threatening allergies to milk, eggs and peanuts; seasonal allergies (birch, maple, ragweed); pet allergies; asthma; and eczema
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:13 am 
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My son has the e-belt. I prefer it because it is strong enough to withstand anything a kid will put it through. I don't want to worry that the pen will break when he goes running into monkey bars swinging around at the waist.

My son's was purchased through medic-alert so it does have their symbol -- however, I think the staff at the school would recognize the carrier for what it is, even if it had the E-Belt symbol. Do you consider the staff allergy aware?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:26 pm 
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I have created a list of web links on my support group's site at http://www.ottawaasg.com/OASG2006/modul ... ink&cid=12 .

There is also a new product called Epi-Access (which I need to add to my group's web site). They make large holders for schools that can hold many Epi-Pens or Twinjects, and also single holders for individuals. Go to http://www.epiaccess.ca/ for more details.

For younger children who run around a lot and who are very active, I admit I prefer the EBelt, as it fits close to the body and does not swing or bounce around. That would really annoy me if I had to wear it all the time. Both my sons have one and I think they are awesome. The only drawback is that there is not really any room for any identification. (We have put a sticker with my boys' name and telephone number on the EBelt and on the EpiPen itself - not ideal but better than nothing.)

But it definitely only comes in black - great for little boys play Star Wars. Not so good for little girls playing Princess...!

For older kids, I would think that something like Epi-Access (Canadian) would be good. Colourful and kind of neat-looking, with a place for photo and ID, that would easily attach to a backpack or something.

Your daughter might like the colours of the Epi-Access - a very nice green & blue - and the place for photo and ID is a nice feature. And it can be attached to a belt - but I think it would hang down so it's longer vertically, rather than be long horizontally...

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:14 pm 
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Karen, I thought you might be interested in adding this link to you page. It was originally posted on this forum by Gwen.

http://www.atriskrescue.com/

I would absolutely love to have my son's school purchase this. It keeps stuff in one central place in the office, can be taken during evacuations (fire alarms, whatever) and even is adaptable for school trips.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:55 am 
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AnnaMarie wrote:
My son's was purchased through medic-alert so it does have their symbol -- however, I think the staff at the school would recognize the carrier for what it is, even if it had the E-Belt symbol. Do you consider the staff allergy aware?


We homeschool, so yeah, the 'school staff' is aware. I'm more concerned about all the activities we do left and right.
For example, on Saturdays, my son attends a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament. Ages are from 9 to very late teens. No one is trained and I honestly don't really want to stay there for 4 hours, watching teenagers playing cards. Hmm, no thank you...

My son also attends swim meets, his coaches are trained, but there are so many kids, so many coaches all over the place. It's not like there's one person who's responsible for my kid.

We also camp during the summer. My son takes off with friends, and he could be anywhere in the camp. There are no trained specialists there, I'm around, but not necessarily in sight of my son. He's 9, almost 10. I can no longer keep him attached to me, nor do I wish to. He's spreading his wings.

For my daughter, something pink would be great, but it also needs to have room for an inhaler and the blue mask, since she's highly asthmatic.

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11yo boy - peanuts nuts chickpeas
8yo daughter - peanuts, nuts, mustard, eggs, sunflowers (new! ), oral allergy syndrome
husband - pollen of all kinds
me - seafood,, oral allergy syndrome


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:02 pm 
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The KozyEpi looks like what I'm looking for! Does anyone know if it can hold one epipen and a puffer at the same time???

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11yo boy - peanuts nuts chickpeas
8yo daughter - peanuts, nuts, mustard, eggs, sunflowers (new! ), oral allergy syndrome
husband - pollen of all kinds
me - seafood,, oral allergy syndrome


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:28 pm 
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I'm not sure - I would contact them directly - info@kozyepi.com . :)

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:14 pm 
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How old were your children when they started wearing their e-belts or other type of epi carrier? This past summer ds occasionally wore a little fanny pack to the park or out for walks, and I made a point of showing him that "epi" was going in there.

Kind of like with the Medic Alert bracelet, I'd like him to get in the habit of wearing it, but of course this isn't yet about him self-administering!

Thanks!
Marla

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*Son, 5 years old: Asperger's, allergic to eggs, peanuts, and mustard seed (outgrew dairy and soy)
*Son, 23 months old
*Hubby: allergic to cats and trees (non-specified types)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:32 pm 
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My son started wearing his E-belt this summer at 4 years old. It was in prep. for starting school in the fall. He was old enough to understand the rules about it (never taking it off, never opening it up if children ask him to see it, etc.).


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 2:03 pm 
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She started wearing it to school when she was 3 3/4.
now that she's 6 she wears it when ever we go out. She doesn't want to but we had a talk about how important it is.
She knows that she can die and she knows that the medicine in the belt can stop that from happening.
She knows that as she gets older she is going to be given more freedom and may be separated from Mom or Dad briefly and that it is important that she always have her medication.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:07 pm 
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My son started wearing it in jk -- so he was 4 years old. At first, he wore it at school, but when out with mom & dad he left his at home. That worked OK until the first time mom & dad separated, and ds wanted to go with dad -- so dad had to carry around an epi-pen in his hand. After that, ds always wore his belt.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 9:31 pm 
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I found this website with an epipen holder for around your ankle...I think this might be a great idea for older tweens and teens who may not want something strapped around their waist...easy to "hide" under a pair of pants perhaps?
http://www.omaxcare.com/
Ang

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5 1/2 year old son - no allergies
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