Many people are afraid to use EpiPens in an emergency because they have needles. But the fact is that EpiPens are super easy to use. They are called auto-injectors because they already have the medicine in them and you basically just need to point and push to give the medicine. No measuring medicine or dealing with syringes.
My daughter has severe food allergies and carries two EpiPens with her on a belt whenever she leaves the house. I make sure to train anyone who will be watching her on how to use the EpiPens in case of a food allergy reaction.
Last night we were using expired EpiPens to practice as a family and reacquaint ourselves with what it’s like to give an EpiPen injection. I also wanted to make sure everyone understood the new FDA instructions to hold the EpiPen for only three seconds. My daughter wanted to demonstrate for all of you how easy it is.
At 8 years old, I feel it’s simple and safe enough for her to use on an orange. If she were having a reaction, an adult would likely be the one to give her the injection but I would feel comfortable giving her the option to do it herself.
Here we were practicing on an orange. The correct placement on a body should be the outer thigh. It’s important to hold the leg still with one hand while injecting with the other. If you are giving the EpiPen to a child, you can enlist the help of another adult to hold the child still to avoid jerking during the injection.
If you have expired EpiPens at your house, consider using them to help people in your life practice giving them – in fruit of course!
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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