As many of you know, Avery was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies last month. Her allergist recommended we purchase the Safety Sack bag to keep her EpiPens safe, preventing any children from accidentally injecting themselves.
I ordered two bags – one for home, one for daycare – and was faced with the question: What should I put in the bags to make them the most useful and help us feel organized?
Here’s what I put together:
- Two EpiPen Jrs. Read why it’s important to carry two EpiPens here.
- A single dose of Children’s Benedryl. After using an EpiPen, you are supposed to give a dose of antihistimine to fight the allergic reaction. Benedryl no longer makes the single dose of liquid medication pictured above, but you can find Walgreen’s Wal-Dryl Children’s Allergy Single Dose in stores and online.
- A small tube of 1% hydrocortizone ointment to relieve skin irritation in case of a contact reaction.
- A copy of Avery’s Anaphylaxis Action Plan from her doctor. This gives exact instructions on symptoms to watch for and what steps to take (EpiPen, Benedryl, 911 or all of the above). It’s important to have this handy to reference it if we have questions.
- A separate data sheet I created that includes a picture of Avery, her full name and date of birth, a list of her food allergies, parent names and cell phone numbers, home address, copy of front and back of her insurance card. This sheet and the action plan (above) are folded together, with only Avery’s photo facing out. I included this information because Avery will not always be with her parents. If she needs emergency care, they need to have this info. The photo is important for a couple of reasons, namely that at first glance people can match the child up to the kit, but secondly because I wanted it to be something happy to look at, not scary.
- IF FOUND information added to the photo of Avery (I already lost the kit in the Target parking lot and realized I should add this to speed up the recovery process).
- Safety Stickers to keep on hand if we are with people who may be unfamiliar with her food allergies. Recommended by her allergist.
The kit fits nicely in our diaper bag and helps me feel confident that I have everything I need to keep Avery safe each time we leave the house. And I appreciate the fact that it’s childproof as well! I’ve been carrying it with us for a couple of weeks now and feel much more confident than I did before.
Edited to add: I also added instructions on which hospital I want Avery taken to if she has a reaction.
You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.
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