Thank you for your inquiry.
There is no “right or wrong” answer to your question, and there is no consensus guidelines to assist you in making a decision. Therefore one is simply left to one’s own personal judgment. Thus, my answer to you should not be considered a dogmatic response, but only how I personally might respond to the request.
I see no problem in giving this father an automatic epinephrine injector for his child. It is highly unlikely that he will need the injector, but its use would not put the child in danger, and the father’s reassurance regarding his child’s potential safety is sufficient reason to prescribe the injector in my opinion. And should the unlikely occur, and the child did need the injector, the consequences due to its absence could grave.
Thank you again for your inquiry and we hope this response is helpful to you.
Phil Lieberman, M.D.