Knowing how to use an EpiPen is important. Doctors are seeing more and more children with allergies, especially food allergies. Due to the unpredictable nature of allergic reactions, epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) are prescribed. EpiPens deliver medicine quickly and effectively. No child has ever had serious problems from a standard dose of epinephrine when using an EpiPen.
Times when you need to use an EpiPen can be stressful. To calmly react to an allergic reaction, know when and how to use an EpiPen, understand symptoms of allergic reactions and have an action plan in place.
**Updated instructions include holding the EpiPen in place for just three (3) seconds.
– Remove EpiPen from case.
– Pull off blue safety release.
– Inject epinephrine by firmly pushing orange needle end against outer thigh muscle until it “clicks.”
– Hold in place for 3 seconds to deliver epinephrine, then remove EpiPen.
– Seek emergency help by calling 9-1-1.
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