Many children with food allergies begin self-carrying emergency medicine when they begin school. My daughter carries 2 doses of epinephrine, antihistamine and a copy of her Allergy Action Plan from her doctor. Some children also carry inhalers if they have asthma.
There are many types of cases and carriers to choose from. Some prefer to wear carriers under their clothes (under their shirt or on a leg belt). Others carry traditional fanny packs or smaller compartment belts that go around the waist. There are also carriers that clip onto a belt loop and others that look like a small purse to carry with straps across the chest.
Here are a few of the belts we’ve tried for my six year old daughter:
She’s worn and loved the EpiPuppy for the past six months. She loves stuffed animals and it was a great one for her to transition into carrying her own medications. Unfortunately it’s getting pretty worn and the strap just broke. The biggest bummer is that these have been discontinued and we can’t get them any longer. It does give me great ideas on how to convert/repurpose some of the cute stuffed animal purses and fanny packs I’ve seen out there.
The kids SpiBelt can be worn under or over the clothes. Many of you may recognize this brand from running or other sports. They have adult and children’s sizes. There are many colors and patterns. My daughter has a neon-peace sign design. What I like most about these is that they are very compact and have minimal fabric which stretches to accommodate the size of the medications. You can find them online or at popular sporting goods stores.
This mini owl carrier is meant to be worn clipped to pants or clothing and is intended to carry 2 AuviQ injectors, which are shorter than EpiPens. I added carabiner through the loop hole so we could clip it to a belt loop. LoveBugsCo shop on Etsy can customize the length, fabrics and designs. She has many different options for belts and carriers, they are very well made and I’ve been impressed with it so far. She has more traditional fanny pack styles as well. One thing I like about this case is that it has a subtle “emergency” emblem embroidered into the side, but it’s more fun than it is intimidating.
The Etsy shop Pillow Sew Cute also makes clip on carriers, but these come with a little clip attached. They come in small and large sizes and have different fabrics available. The top flap of the fabric pulls a little bit, so I also added velcro to the inside of the flap to make sure it stays closed and nothing falls out. You can choose to have an “Epi Pouch” label added to the top of the carrier if you want or you can get it without. We ordered a longer size of this to fit the length of the EpiPen Jr. So far we’ve only ended up carrying it inside of other bags and my daughter hasn’t worn it on her body. It might still be a bit too big for her.
One thing I learned the hard way (from not reading the description closely when shopping on my phone) is that these are typically made as see-through pouches, so you can see the medicine inside them. I didn’t like that and had a new one made with full fabric covering the front.
What type of carriers do you or your children like to use? Feel free to leave information and links in the comments.
I purchased all of the carriers in this post and was not compensated by these companies in any way. 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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