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How to Give an Epinephrine Shot to a Child


Step 1

Photo of holding epinephrine injector in fist

Your epinephrine injector may have a black or orange tip. Grasp the injector in your hand with the black (or orange) tip pointing down. Form a fist around the injector. Do not touch the tip.

Step 2

Photo of taking cap off injector

With the other hand, pull off the gray (or blue) cap.

Step 3

Photo of inserting injector in thigh

Hold the black or orange tip close to your child's thigh. Jab the tip firmly into your child's thigh. Jab through clothing if you must, but bare skin is best. The injector should go straight into the skin, at a 90-degree angle to the thigh. Keep the injector in your child's thigh for 10 seconds. The injection is complete. You will see a red flag in the injector window. It is normal for most of the liquid to be left in the injector. Do not try to inject the remaining fluid.

If you do not see a red flag, repeat step 3.

Remove the injector, and place your hand on the area where the medicine entered the skin. Rub the area for about 10 seconds.

Step 4

Photo of putting used injector into storage tube

Put the used injector, needle-end first, into the storage tube that comes with your injector. Do not bend the needle. Screw on the cap of the storage tube. Take your child to the emergency room, and bring the used injector with you.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Last RevisedAugust 26, 2010

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