Last year, in preparation for Tristan’s first time at day camp, I searched for a medicine pouch to keep all his rescue meds in one place and for an epinephrine carrier, an easy way to keep his epinephrine on him at all times. I wanted something fun and boyish that he wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen with. You know kids – if their friends don’t have the same thing – its so not cool. So, I was worried because none of his friends have food allergies. How would they react to seeing Tristan wear his epinephrine? How would Tristan handle it?
I searched and searched and finally found a Canadian company called KozyEpi who had some really fun things and a lot of variety. They sent me a Quattro Pouch and a Ject Pouch Uno. The Quattro Pouch is amazingly spacious and perfect for holding his Allerject, inhaler, spacer/chamber, and antihistamines all together – and we still have room for his eczema cream! The Ject Pouch Uno is essentially like a small fanny pack just for holding his Allerject, so it’s small and discrete. What’s great is they have a lot of colors and patterns to choose from – things younger kids would love all the way up to more trendy or simple things (depending on preference) for teenagers and adults. All their pouches are made from a very durable neoprene fabric that is water-repellent. But if water-repellent isn’t enough for you, they do have some water proof carriers for trips to the beach or water park. In addition to epinephrine pouches, they also have some just for asthma inhalers too.
What did Tristan’s friends think about his new Ject Pouch? How did Tristan react? The first day he put up a bit of a fight because he doesn’t like to be singled out in any way. But we talked about why it was important to have quick access to his epinephrine, so it wasn’t too bad. After the first day, he never complained again. My guess is that he probably got some comments about the cool race car on his pouch and that sealed the deal. We have been very thankful for the Quattro Pouch as we’ve been able to easily find it (it’s big and red) in times of crisis and were able to quickly remove the meds we needed in the moment. Case in point, Tristan had a severe asthma crisis last summer at camp and his counselor knew just where to find his inhaler to give him some relief until we could get him to the hospital for treatment. So, the pouch has quite literally been a life saver.
We now keep the Quattro Pouch with us at all times and it is always in his backpack at school.
Do you have a favorite epineprhine or inhaler pouch you or your children like to use? Have you tried KozyEpi?