Medicine pouch

20 Nov

Carrying medicine wherever you go at first seems a bit weird if you’re not used to it. Soon enough though it becomes second nature (especially if you have had to use the medicine in an emergency!).  I love handbags, changing bags and rucksacks (well any sort of bag really!).   So I’d been worrying whether every time I was going out I’d managed to transfer all of Adam’s medicine to the bag I was taking.  The solution? To just have a medicine pouch that I can easily transfer to any bag and which always holds the essentials.  Saves times and keeps me from worrying.

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So what’s in the pouch?  The most important and potentially life-saving two items are the epi-pen and inhaler (plus inhaler tube/mask for kids).  I’ve also started carrying cetirizine.  The cetirizine is an antihistamine we use instead of pyriton (which contains alcohol).  I’ve used it a few times when we’ve been out and Adam’s come into contact with something that’s made him itch considerably.  This thankfully doesn’t happen often as I avoid situations where I think he’ll come into contact with allergens (more in the ‘lifestyle’ post that’s coming soon!).  And if I do end up in that situation (e.g. we’re at the zoo and Adam really wants to go on the slides then I use a ton of wetwipes).  If he’s just got one hive that is itchy and he isn’t bothered by it much then I won’t give him anything but if its on his face or there are a few hives that obviously bother him then I give him the antihistamine. It’s pretty amazing-it kicks in within minutes.

The cetirizine is in a small dinky bottle. I used to not carry any antihistamine at all as the original bottle was so big. I asked a pharmacist whether it was possible to have it dispensed in a smaller bottle and she said of course!  Seems like an obvious solution but it took me months to figure out!  I’ve read on a pyriton forum the posts of angry parents asking the manufacturer why pyriton can’t just be sold in smaller more useful quantities. Hopefully they’ll have a friendly helpful pharmacist to help them out too.

I also carry some hand sanitizer which rarely gets used and wet wipes.

So far, thank God, we have never had to use an epi-pen. The cetirizine and asthma inhaler have been used only a handful of times each.  I’ll be talking about medicines/drugs and how we’ve been using them in a future post, God willing.

Tips/advice

Get a pencil case or a pouch for your essential medicines!

Ask your pharmacist to dispense your antihistamine in 3x60ml bottles so that they are small enough to always have with you.

Never leave the house with your kid without the pouch with you. You literally never know when they might have an asthma attack or need antihistamines, or God forbid an epi-pen.  Its okay to seem paranoid at first even to your own partner (!) but once you’ve had to use any of the medicines even once when out and about you’ll see the necessity.

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4 Responses to “Medicine pouch”

  1. Madison May 7, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    I’d recommend yellow cross for their medical bags etc. I notice you have only one Epipen in your medical bag. From what you’ve said about your son’s allergies I think ideally you should be carrying two Epipens. Just in case the first one is not effective. WE use to carry just one then we finally got to see the Allergy specialist and she was horrified we only had one and insists we carry two with us at all times.

    • allergickids May 7, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks for this suggestion, I have heard of carrying two but always assumed we would be okay living in the city and being in easy reach of ambulances…umm…sounds daft now that I’m writing it…off to sort out my epipens now then 😉

    • allergickids May 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Are the Yellow cross bags a good idea so paramedics etc can quickly see you are carrying medicine with you? Or do you just like their design/functionality?

      • Madison May 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

        I like Yellow Cross bags because they are easily identified as medical bags. We use the school bag for school and everything is there and ready in an emergency. It opens up easily so you can see everything you need. It’s also insulated too so I don’t have to worry about the ambient temperature affecting the Epipens. But this is for school use and not everyday home use. The school bags are about the size of a kids lunch bag and are not practical to carry about everyday.

        For everyday use, I keep everything in a drawstring back pack type bag, inside my handbag. All the meds are in a clear see through plastic zipper bag so I can see what I need without rummaging and the Epipens are in a Yellow Cross mini bag with the insulated lining.

        It’s in a drawstring bag as when we are out as a family I always carry the meds but my husband and son often go off for a wander without me in which case I give my husband the drawstring bag and he pops it onto his back.

        I don’t think there is a right or wrong way of doing it. As long as you know what’s what and where’s where, it should be fine. My rule of thumb is to ask myself. If for whatever reason I can’t get to my handbag to get the meds, can I easily describe to someone what I need out of my handbag and out of the medicine bag?

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