We went for the little mans “pre-school” allergy appointment at the hospital yesterday. Again they took blood to carry out some more RAST blood tests and we will get those results next week. He was also weighed to see if he had reached the weight acceptable (14 kg) for a junior EpiPen, he was 500g under. Luckily since he doesn’t start school til September and also because the Dr thought it too high a risk for him not to have one they prescribed them for him anyway. Phew! 🙂
Since he had a recent reaction to nuts (read more here) we are relieved to say the least that he now has medication that can be given quickly in an emergency.
Now I am only minutely less stressed about him starting school! 😉
I am SO happy to hear you have your epipens. I didn’t even know there was a weight requirement – we’ve had the Jr. version since our little guy was a year old.
Hi Bev! I just got back from a medical advisory board meeting with the EpiPen company discussing this issue. The long and short of it is, there is no longer a weight requirement to reach to get an EpiPen Jr. 8 years ago, I was in your spot with a 10 pound baby carrying around a vial of epi. Now, the research shows that the dose of EpiJr is safe for little kids. Any very very small risk of too much Epi in the Jr. is offset by the risk of dying from untreated anaphylaxis or from accidental overdose when drawing up Epi in a vial. Good news for parents!
fantastic news! 🙂
Sorry about the sad face on my icon! The computer must have picked it for me! I’m never frowning!
haha thanks so much for this message, I feel confident you are a happy person! 😉
This is great to know and puts my mind further at rest! Big smiley for you! 😀