The Coolest New Accessory for Allergy Kids is…

Posted 11.25.08 | Nutrition Specialist

The EpiPen. According to an article on, doctors prescribed 1.9 million EpiPens in 2007, a 36 percent increase from 2003, when 1.4 million were prescribed. Since food allergies are on the rise, this comes as no surprise.

The pocket-sized, life-saving EpiPen has cultivated quite a following. It “auto injects a pre-measured dose of epinephrine to someone experiencing anaphylaxis, a severe whole-body allergic reaction.” Some parents have 10 or more EpiPens around the house at all times, as well as at school, in the car and on their allergy-prone little one.

Stylish EpiPen carriers and portable pouches have even emerged. There are carriers covered in cartoon characters for the younger kids and discreet leg straps for the older kids that might be a bit self-conscience.

For many years, the EpiPen was one-of-a-kind. Currently, there is another company that makes a similar product, but the EpiPen has maintained 97 percent of the market.

For the entire EpiPen article, click here.

- Nita

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