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”?
When my daughter visited an allergist and underwent the dreaded allergy skin test, the results were unsurprising. We already knew she was allergic to a bunch of stuff; the hives are an “alert” that is impossible to miss. Besides, I’d spent much of my own childhood covered in welts. (Yay, fun times.)
As I was telling the doctor all of the things we suspected she was 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’m sure. (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!”
No kidding. Her back was one huge allergic reaction after the little allergen pricks.
My daughter’s pet dander allergy is the worst. She has to carry around an Epipen because of dander, not the food allergies, of which there are several.
Dander. Really? Yes.
Her food allergies are something I do worry about. Dairy, eggs, and peanuts are in most processed food so she rarely eats processed food. The silver lining, I guess.
A bottle of generic Benadryl has about 37 more servings for way cheaper! So obviously I bought the cheaper version (which has the same active ingredients and effectiveness) and made my own single-dose packets.
How to make single-dose medication packets for kids on the go
I don’t like the idea of melting straws (which is a popular DIY solution.) But I use my Food saver vacuum sealer all the time. (True Story – This post was originally written in 2014. I’d already had the Vacuum Sealer shown in the poorly lit image below for several years. I still use the same exact vacuum sealer. I love it when appliances work for years!)
I turned to my trusty FoodSaver to make the little plastic pouches to hold each 5 ml dose. I cut four-inch sections from a vacuum sealer bag.
Then I measured out 5 ml (1 teaspoon) and used a medicine syringe to fill the little plastic tubes I made. Then 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 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!
How to make Single Dose To Go Packets of Benadryl without a Food Sealer.
It’s 2021 and my kids now are able to swallow capsules. (This is a game-changer for real.) However, I am still frugal and my pediatrician still recommends my tween daughter take liquid Benadryl immediately if we suspect an allergic reaction.
I am also still lazy and taking out the food saver then pulling my box of vacuum sealer bags out seems like a lot of work sometimes.
It really isn’t all that much work for sealing medicine packs but resealing food bags can save tons of money by keeping things fresh. I stumbled across this little hanging sealer gadget for a couple of bucks while surfing Amazon deals one night. (It’s a problem I have.)
While many of my “late night” deal finds are disappointing. This one is not and makes this DIY even easier.
Behold the magic of the mini bag sealer. It hangs in my pantry and seals and cuts mylar bags and plastic bags. And… it only costs a few bucks. You’re welcome.
Good luck this allergy season. It’s been wreaking havoc in my house!
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