When your child is prescribed an adrenaline injector it is both scary and reassuring. It is terrible to think you will ever need to use it but good to know you have it available in an emergency. They are easy to use, have next to no side effects and can stop an anaphylactic reaction in its tracks.
Unfortunately, some people have experienced issues getting hold of them. Sometimes that is through GPs or consultants being unwilling to prescribe them but often it about the need to carry more than one and the battle with pharmacies or doctors practices.
It is very sad that some people are not being prescribed adrenaline injectors when they are clearly needed. We were lucky that we were given them off the back of J’s test results and previous reactions so had one available when he suffered anaphylaxis. I dread to think how different the situation could have been without it. If you are at all worried, or think your child might be at risk from a severe reaction then please talk to your GP or specialist and keep pushing.
Always carry two
It is advised that you always carry two adrenaline injectors. Firstly, in case one fails and secondly, in case the ambulance take a long time to arrive. Sadly, many surgeries are reluctant to give out multiple prescriptions – especially if you need two for home and two more for childcare. Plus, there have been moves to try and change the official guidelines to prescribing just one. This is dangerous and scary and there is a petition you can sign against this move.
Public first aid kits
There have been calls for schools and public places to hold generic injectors, in the same way that many now stock defibillators. This would give a great back up in an emergency, make more people aware of allergies and also give access for people who suffer a severe allergic reaction for the first time. I hope more places implement this idea until it is common place.
Buying adrenaline injectors
If you are having trouble accessing pens or need some extra reassurance then it is possible to buy them yourself. This can be useful if you want to have a spare at grandparents or other caregivers. One place you can do this is ChemistDirect who will fill prescriptions online. An adrenaline pen costs £48.99 and takes just a few days to arrive.
(Disclosure: I was compensated by Chemist Direct to write about their services. All words and opinions are my own)