Friday, July 23, 2010

EpiPen and Asthma Inhaler Carriers

August is almost here and that means only about a month is left before the kiddos head back to school again. Before long it will be time to renew all of your child’s medications to be left at school including inhalers, Benadryl, and of course EpiPens! Does your child self carry their EpiPen while at school? My son started self-carrying both his EpiPen and his inhaler when he started second grade. Both he and I felt much more at ease knowing that his medication was on his body at all times. He wears one EpiPen in a MediPouch around his waist while the second EpiPen is kept in the nurses office. His inhaler is either worn in a Med Ready Tote or in a sealable pocket if he is wearing cargo-style shorts/jeans. Of course by no means is self-carrying the EpiPen the same thing as self-administering. Although now at age 10½ I do believe my son could self-administer the EpiPen if need be, adults should always be trained in what signs/symptoms to watch for and how to administer the medication. Having a child know how to administer an EpiPen is one thing, but being able to do it in the face of anaphylaxis is an entirely different matter!

If you are considering letting your child self-carry, you may be wondering what type of carrier to purchase. I’ve been keeping a running list of all EpiPen and asthma inhaler carriers as I find them on the web. I have not, however, checked to see if all of these carriers will be able to hold the newly designed EpiPens as they are slightly larger, so you will need to check into that yourself before placing an order. I hope this list will be helpful to you and your food allergic child as you gear up for the start of another school year!

EpiPen Carriers


Adorn handbag and messenger bag

Allergy Haven






Epinephrine Mate


FRIO wallets (keep medications cool)

KozyEpi EpiPen and Puffer Pouches


Omaxcare Leg Buddy & Asthma Pal

Safety Sack

American Adventure Products

Peace of Mind Allergy Solutions (Custom made EpiPen carriers)

Take In Case



Protectube (waterproof case)

Concealed EpiPen (Waist Pal, Waist Buddy, Leg Buddy)

Waterproof bags

Inhaler Carriers

Med Ready Tote


Asthma Pod



Inhaler Wallet

Belt or Pocket Sized Inhaler Case

The Azmate

Glow Cap

Inhaler Mate

The Doser



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Rockin Momma said...

I'm looking for something to hold epi-pens in a class room? The teacher wants it where she can get it easy but I'm not happy with it just laying out in a basket where the class can get it (preschool aged)

Any ideas?

AllergyMom said...

Rockin Momma - When my son was younger we kept his EpiPens, inhaler, and benadryl in a fanny pack with his name embroidered on it. The teacher would hand the pack off to other teachers (music, art, gym) throughout the day so his medicine followd him where he went. I believe he was in second grade when he started wearing the MediPouch instead.

Jen said...

Rockin Momma - We bought bright red canvas pencil cases with a clear front windor for my daughters epi-pens. I put her name, picture and the list of potential symptoms to show through the clear window and her action plan folded in half & the epi-pens in the main pocket.