Can you use an EpiPen on an infant?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new lower dose epinephrine auto-injector for the emergency treatment of allergic reactions in infants and toddlers.
At what age can you use an EpiPen?
By the age of 12 to 14, most allergists expect children to self-carry and self-administer epinephrine. “Self-carry” refers to a child carrying their own set of epinephrine auto-injectors.
What age is EpiPen junior for?
ASCIA and Australian allergists recommend EpiPen® Jr for children between 7.5 and 20kg and EpiPen® for anyone over 20kg. An EpiPen® Jr is not usually recommended for children less than 7.5kg. Most children weigh 20kg before they turn 6 years old and school age children usually need the full strength EpiPen®.
When does a baby get anaphylaxis?
How quickly does anaphylaxis happen in babies and children? Symptoms of anaphylaxis can appear anywhere from between a few seconds to a few hours after your child is exposed to an allergen.
Can you survive anaphylaxis without treatment?
Anaphylaxis happens fast and produces serious symptoms throughout the entire body. Without treatment, symptoms can cause serious health consequences and even death.
What happens if you use an EpiPen without needing it?
An accidental injection to the hands or feet can impair blood flow to these areas and can potentially cause tissue death. This however, is the worst-case scenario. Symptoms of an accidental injection are not usually so severe and may include: temporary numbness or tingling.
Do you have to go to the hospital after using an EpiPen?
You should always be checked out at the ER after using your EpiPen. That is not because of the epinephrine, but because the allergic reaction probably requires further monitoring. Many patients also need more than one dose of epinephrine or other emergency treatments.
Where do you inject an EpiPen in a child?
EpiPen® or EpiPen Jr® should only be injected into the middle of your outer thigh (upper leg), through clothing if necessary. Do not inject into your veins, buttocks, fingers, toes, hands or feet. Hold the leg of young children firmly in place before and during injection to prevent injuries.
Can you use an EpiPen on a 2 year old?
An epinephrine auto-injector is always safe to give your child if they’re having a severe allergic reaction, because it contains the exact dose of the medicine your child needs. Even if you think your child “doesn’t need” the EpiPen at this time, it still won’t do any harm to inject.
Can an EpiPen go through jeans?
Seek immediate medical attention in the case of an accidental injection. It can be administered while wearing pants. Contrary to popular belief, the EpiPen injection can be delivered through clothing. Count to 10 while administering the epinephrine.
How long should you hold an EpiPen in place?
Hold the auto-injector in place until all the medicine is injected—usually no more than 3 seconds. Remove the needle by pulling the pen straight out. A protective shield will cover the needle as soon as it is removed from the thigh.