Do you have a child with tons of allergies? Are you a mom that carries single dose allergy medication in your purse “just in case”?
My daughter recently visited an allergist and underwent the dreaded allergy skin test. We already knew she was allergic to a bunch of stuff; the hives are an “alert” that is impossible to miss.
As I was telling the doctor all of the things she’s allergic too, his eyebrows went up. I get that reaction a lot. Let’s just say that if she wore a bracelet that said each thing she is allergic to, then you wouldn’t be able to see her arm.
He thought I was a little off kilter (I am–who else uses the word kilter?)
After the skin test, the doctor walked in the door and said “Whoa, princess, your mother wasn’t lying. You are one allergic little girl!”
My daughter’s pet dander allergy is the worst! She has to carry around an Epipen because of dander, not the food allergies.
Dander. Really? Yes.
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Her food allergies are something I do worry about. Dairy, eggs, and peanuts are in most processed food so she rarely eats processed food. Silver lining.
Diphenhydramine HCL (Benadryl) is a must have when you have kids with allergies. I love the convenience of the pre-measured single dose packets that can be put in my purse but at approximately $8.00 for a box of only 10 doses, I hate the price. A bottle of generic Benedryl has about 37 more servings for almost $2.00 cheaper! But even using Benedryl instead of a generic is more cost effective than buying Benedryl single dose packs retail.
How to make single dose Benedryl packets for kids on the go
So I decided to come up with my DYI single dose medication packets to go.
I turned to my trusty FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System to make the little plastic pouches to hold each 5 ml dose. I cut about a four inch section off of the plastic roll and sealed two of the sides.
I measured out 5 ml (1 teaspoon) and used a medicine syringe to fill the little plastic tubes I made. The I sealed them closed. Voila! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
However, since they are not in the hard plastic that the store-bought ones come in (no doubt the reason for the extremely high price) I placed the packets inside a small tin with a small pair of scissors.
Altoid tins would work perfectly for this.
I didn’t make very many because I
am lazy did not want to worry about it expiring. My son is allergic to bug bites so between the two of them, I have never had a bottle reach expiration!