Elizabeth Goldenberg explains the importance of wearing an EpiPen belt or holder to help with food allergy and anaphylaxis.
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I'm Elizabeth Goldenberg founder of Onespot Allergy. I have two sons and my younger son Jacob has a severe food allergy. I setup this video blog because I want to share tips parent-to-parent about living safely with food allergies. People with food allergies need immediate access to an EpiPen or Twinject auto-injector and the best way to ensure this is for that medication to be worn in a medication belt. The reason for this is that people who receive their medication within 5 minutes of the start of a severe reaction have the best outcome. I like in the severe allergic reaction to being plunged to the bottom of a swimming pool and laying there waiting for help. Time is of the essence. If Jacob is wearing his medication, people can plunge right in, grab his medication and immediately start to help him. I didn’t want people having to run away from him to locate his medication in his backpack and run back to him or locate his medication in the school office or in the worst case scenario wait for paramedics to arrive. Time is of the essence and being prepared saves lives. If you have a child that you feel is too young to wear his or her medication then my suggestion rather than carrying it in your purse is for you to wear the medication for that child in a medication belt. The reason for this is that it’s very easy to become separated from your purse, you don’t want to run around looking in one or two places for it, you want to be able to respond immediately. When choosing the medication belt, I sell them at Onespot Allergy, I look at everything that was available on the market and I chose this belt that I sell for several reasons. This holster fits snuggly against the body rather than sagging forward like a fenny pack or anything more bulky. Jacob wears his shirt untucked and I have to ask him if he has his double medication belt on. It’s not obvious to me in a glance. These belts are comfortable and kids don’t resist wearing them or take them off during the day. The whole point is for the child to keep it on so that the child is never separated from his or her medication. I like these because they're incredibly durable. Parents call me when they get tired of replacing holders with torn fabric or broken zippers. These will last for several years with normal use and the waist size adjust by 5 inches. Jacob has worn a medium belt for three years and I expect to just adjust the length of that belt so that he can wear it for several more years. I also like that these are available as holsters that hang vertically from own belt or a clip attached to a belt loop, and that they are unisex and suitable for children to adults. There is no reason to draw attention to your medication holder and to me the more discreet it is the better. My videographer Kevin pointed out to me that people don’t hesitate to clip a BlackBerry or cell phone the belt. They see the value of that. They don’t want to be separated from it. My hope is that now you see the value of immediate access to medication. You don’t want to be separated from your medication belt.