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    Asking for a friend....... do you need to let other parents know that you have a child with an epipen?
    Obv you might need to put a 'no nut' policy or similar in place but if not something like that do you need to make them aware in case you have an incident whereby other children might witness you administering?
    Hope that makes sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocolateChip View Post
    Asking for a friend....... do you need to let other parents know that you have a child with an epipen?
    Obv you might need to put a 'no nut' policy or similar in place but if not something like that do you need to make them aware in case you have an incident whereby other children might witness you administering?
    Hope that makes sense!
    I used to mind a child with severe allergies and had an epipen, so all my parents knew as we did have to be careful. But some of them already knew mum and also mum needed people to know.
    My older children knew I might have to use an epipen but I don't remember about the LOs!

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    I only share information about other children with written permission from parents ...

    I would say 'we are a no nut setting due to allergies' ... or similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocolateChip View Post
    Asking for a friend....... do you need to let other parents know that you have a child with an epipen?
    Obv you might need to put a 'no nut' policy or similar in place but if not something like that do you need to make them aware in case you have an incident whereby other children might witness you administering?
    Hope that makes sense!
    Your friend does not need to inform other parents. On the contrary, as a medical issue it demands absolute confidentiality unless you first obtain permission from the parent of the child with the epipen. Discuss this with them privately. They might want people to know as a way of "usualising" the medical condition or because it's safer for the child if they go through life with more people aware of how to help. Although they should already have been told by a medical professional that it is to their advantage for people to know, they are still entitled to make their own choices confidentiality and the child has a right to maximum dignity.

    Used correctly, there is no risk to other children from a modern epipen. I understand your point about possible distress in the case where it needs to be administered, but that's just part of life. It needs no more consideration than the possibility they might see blood or broken bones in a playground.

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