As many of you know, Avery was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies last month. His allergist recommended we purchase the Safety Sack bag to keep 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 the 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, full name and date of birth, a list of food allergies, preferred hospital, parent names and cell phone numbers, home address, copy of front and back of his 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 parents. If he 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 the allergist.

The kit fits nicely in our diaper bag and helps me feel confident that I have everything I need to stay 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.

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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11 Responses to “Emergency Kit for Food Allergies”

  1. Barbara says:

    Sorry Missy, I don’t have any helpful comments to add–just a ton of admiration to express. You are one calm, cool, collected, and very loving mom. If our adoption ever goes through, I know who I’ll be calling for advice!

  2. Adventures in Mother Venture says:

    McGiver would be proud!

  3. Carissa(GoodnCrazy) says:

    Holy you are freaking me out with all that? Sheesh, good luck, and heaven forbid any of it be needed?!

  4. Amelia Sprout says:

    We get those Safety Sacks with every one of M’s mail order pharmacy orders. I never thought to use them for something like that. That is incredibly well put together.

  5. Florida Girl In Sydney says:

    My five year old is allergic to tree nuts and I was never told about carrying 2 epipens! Thank you for that link!

    We just bought some bracelets (in Australia) that are great for kids– our general doctor thought they were fantastic and now he wears one all the time. Here’s a link to what we bought, they are those rubber bracelets you see for all kinds of causes– and I’m guessing you can find them in the U.S.


  6. April-C-A says:

    WOW!!! You are amazing! You are an awesome Mama!

  7. Marketing Mama says:

    Thanks everyone.

    Florida Girl – those medibands are cool! I had already opted for a MedicAlert bracelet, which should be here any day now… I think I’ll stick with that. I like that they keep my phone number and the doctor’s number and medical info handy for emergency personnel as part of their service.

  8. suzi says:

    Wow, that is an amazing idea. You should market that–there is certainly a demand for that. It’s great peace of mind that you have all of that info in one place. 🙂

  9. mhibbard says:

    That is great! I just ordered Safety Sacks a couple of weeks ago, and you gave some great ideas for additions to ours! I’ll have to get another epipen jr. rx, since we don’t have enough to have 2 in each sack. Thanks! It’s nice for a not-so-organized mom to get some great ideas from a more organized mom (especially on the food allergy front).

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