I don’t like having to carry my “life saver” pack, but, for me, it is a fact of life much like breathing. Despite the fact that the pack takes up 1/3 of most of my purses, I don’t leave home without it because I love my daughter and an ounce of prevention is worth a lifetime of regrets.
The Life Saving Pack contains three items:
- Benadryl Allergy Liquid, which is always my first line of defense. The moment Baby A lets me know she is having a reaction or I notice one, I give her Benadryl! It really helps if you know the appropriate dosage for your child at all times.
I do have one pet peeve: why doesn’t Benadryl liquid come in a small travel size? The smallest bottle available is 4 oz.
- Benadryl Anti-Itch Gel for Kids, because sometimes the liquid Benadryl is just not enough. For instance, my daughter has had a hive emerge in seconds, larger than the adult size of my hand. While I still gave her the liquid Benadryl first, I then rubbed a little of the gel on the hive to help with the pain until the liquid kicks in. It should never be forgotten that the gel combines with the liquid form to have a cumulative affect. You could overdose your child if you are not careful.
- EpiPen, I have a love-hate relationship with the EpiPen. I carry it everywhere, hoping that I will never have to use it, appreciating it could save my child’s life if need be. I carry two at all times because one EpiPen buys someone between 10 and 15 minutes. With two on hand, you are likely to buy yourself enough time to get the medical attention your child needs.
I carry the whole kit and caboodle in a red bag that says “MEDICAL KIT” from FARE. There is also one at school and one at home. I place the items in this very conspicuous bag because I want everyone, myself included, to be able to find it easily rather than having to dig around while my child is suffering and in very real danger. One bag goes with her wherever she goes, and if I’m not there, I always make sure she is with someone who knows what to do in case of an attack.
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