Wednesday, June 13, 2007

WFMW: Because you never know...

Well, this would not be something I would normally worry about. I have never known (to my knowledge) someone who is allergic to bee stings. No one in my family is allergic to bee stings. I've never know anyone (to my knowledge) who has to carry an epi-pen. But, my brain's been working over this since a RN came to talk to our MOMS Club group last month about summer safety.

Most of the moms who participate in this group have little ones who are newborns to preschool-aged. Most of those kiddos have not had their first "experience" with bees and the like. However, apparently, many of the moms are carrying epi-pens, prescribed by their pediatricians, and encouraged by this RN who showed us how to use one, when and if that first bee sting comes. Because you never know if your child is allergic *until* it first happens.

One mom said that "any good pediatrician worth their weight" wouldn't argue with you if you ask for a script for one to keep "just in case".

Preparing for *every* inevitability? Impossible. Being (sanely) prepared. That will work for some. Just thought I'd pass the idea along...

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photo credit: http://www.allergicchild.com

3 comments:

Girl Gone Wild said...

How interesting! I've never heard of that before. My oldest isn't allergic, but my youngest hasn't encountered stings yet. I have a feeling this might be the summer for him!

Lana G! said...

Good to know! You could also be the Good Samaritan by having that available.

ashlyn said...

That's an interesting idea. As a young adult I have still never been stung by a bee, but I have been told since I was a small child that I am likely to be severely allergic to bee stings due to an allergy to honey. I have never thought about carrying an Epi-pen in case I discover a "new" allergy. I do, however, keep Benadryl handy due to moderate reactions odd allergens.