I’m allergic to nuts. I can’t eat strawberries. Milk doesn’t like me. Mommy says I got an allergy. I get all red and bumpy. My eyes get puffy, like this. I don’t breathe so good. My tongue gets itchy. It made me really scared. This- Is- My- EpiPen My EpiPen Take it out of the case and pop off the cap.
Make a fist, like this. Like this. Kids like me sit on laps. Bigger kids sit
or lie down. Here’s the spot, just hold my leg still. Press, click and hold. Be sure
you hear the click. Hold it there for 10 seconds. That’s 10 seconds. Always have an extra
EpiPen ready, because the medicine can wear off. Then call 9-1-1. Easy, right? Today, doctors are seeing more and more children
with allergies, especially food allergies. In a room of 20 kids, one or more of them
will have allergies. While most allergic reactions result in merely uncomfortable symptoms, some
anaphylactic reactions may be more serious and even life-threatening. About 150 children
and young adults die from food allergies every year in the United States. Due to the unpredictable
nature of allergic reactions, over 2.4 million epinephrine auto-injectors, such as this,
are currently being prescribed. EpiPens deliver medicine quickly and effectively. But they
only work if there is somebody around who knows where the pen is, when to use it, how
to use it and will actually do it. Times when you need to use an EpiPen can be
stressful and may even be life-threatening, so it is important to have a plan of action
so you can calmly react to the situation. Knowing when to use an EpiPen can be easy.
If a child eats something they’re allergic to, has hives and is wheezing, give the shot.
Sometimes however, symptoms may not be as obvious. So, if you are in doubt, always give
the shot. You may not even have known what the child has eaten. But if you do suspect
an allergic reaction or a child is demonstrating two or more symptoms, don’t wait. The longer
you wait to administer an EpiPen, the harder it is to stop an allergic reaction, mild or
sever, and allergic reactions can change from mild to fatal, quickly. No child has ever died or had serious problems
from a standard dose of epinephrine. To protect the child in your life, be prepared — memorize
these steps and practice them. Review each child’s action plan. Know where each child’s EpiPen is — locate
it. Epi=911. If you get it, call it. Take the EpiPen out of its case. Hold it in a firm fist-grip. Remove the cap. Make sure the child is sitting or lying down. Identify the big muscle in the thigh. Hold the leg and the child steadily. Press the orange part firmly against the thigh
so that it clicks — stay there, don’t bounce. Hold for 10 seconds — Press, Click and Hold. Some of you may have an epinephrine injector
that looks like this. This training device has yellow caps, but yours may have a different
color. This has the same medicine as the EpiPen, the same kind of spring-loaded needle, and
is used for exactly the same reasons. This injector has two safety caps. Hold the injector
in a fist grip. Don’t put your thumb on either end. Remove both safety caps. The red
end is the action end. That’s where the needle comes out. Remember, red to the leg.
The red end should not touch anything else. Again, make sure the child is sitting or lying
down and hold for 10 seconds. For this device the needle will remain exposed after use.
Please put it down carefully or put it back in the case. And if you haven’t done so
already, call 911. As with any emergency medication or device, please be familiar with it before
you use it.