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Labeling A Child With Food Allergies

Many of you read about what recently happened at our old children’s school crab feed, and like us, many of you were appalled at how persistent and pushy the offending woman was. But the truth is she’s not alone. We are surrounded by good-natured people who just don’t (listen) understand food allergies, and even when explained to them, the possibility of food killing a person just doesn’t seem plausible to them.
No, people shouldn’t be taking it upon themselves to push food on our child (obviously) but we’ve come to realize it’s bound to happen. Unfortunately, we can’t rely on our son to express the severity of his condition (he’s only two years old) and he doesn’t yet understand the consequences of eating something someone else gives his that is unsafe. That’s why we have decided, for our son’s own protection (and our own sanity), to label him as a child with food allergies.
Labeling A Child With Food Allergies(Colton sporting his three new food allergy buttons)

Labeling A Child With Food Allergies

There are many ways to label a child with food allergies. No, not that kind of labeling, labeling them to keep them safe and alive.
You can easily find medical alert bracelets, awareness bracelets, dog tags, t-shirts, stickers, buttons, shoe tags, buttons and much more to help others recognize your child’s medical condition before you even have to speak a word. With all these options, what is the best option for a child?
Since our son is only two years old, we opted to go with a button (or three) for him to wear when we’re out and about. A button is something he can’t easily take off and leave somewhere, yet it’s not as permanent as a patch so he can wear it with any outfit. We can even add them to a hat if needed.
Labeling A Child With Food Allergies
We found the buttons above at Amazon.com for a very reasonable price and they were just what we were looking for. Each button covers one very important aspect of our son’s medical condition (severe food allergies, warning – don’t feed me, and epi pen) in nice, big, bold letters, and should stand out on any outfit.
(And yes, he will wear all three buttons at the same time. Call it overkill, call it what you will, but I know it will help keep our son safe and alive.)

Tips when shopping for a allergy/medical alert id.

While we were shopping for an allergy/medical alert for our son with multiple food allergies, we came across some excellent advice. Keep these tips in mind when you shop for an allergy alert id.

  • If your child has multiple allergies like our son, consider purchasing an id that is not food specific. (Our son is severely allergic to peanuts, but we opted not to purchase the peanut allergy id and possibly offer the false sense of security that it is OK to feed him one of his many other allergens.)
  • An active child may enjoy a cool fit silicone rubber allergy bracelet more than a medal bracelet.
  • Dog tags may not be suitable for young children and may pose a choking hazard, especially on a playground.
  • If you child likes to swim, be sure to purchase one of the many waterproof id’s available.
  • If you purchase an id that includes a USB, be aware not all hospitals allow for the UBS’s to be connected to hospital computers making these ids useless.

What are you tips for buying a medical alert id? Share your tips below!
Stacy Molter
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