Allergist discouraging medic alert bracelet???

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 1:00pm
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I took my son to se his allergist last week - it was a checkup regarding his asthma, but of course I had a few FA questions. My son is almost 7, he's been wearing a medic alert bracelet since he was four, has never taken it off and has never complained. The doctor noticed it and said "Do you really think he needs that?" Needless to say, I was surprised a doctor would say that! He followed up with a comment about how they aren't really that "helpful". I didn't pursue it because I wanted to turn the conversation before ds got any ideas....but what the heck? Anyone else ever get any comments like this? it's really making me question whether we need to see a different doctor.

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 1:39pm
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DD's allergist told us to get her a medic-alert bracelet when she was diagnosed TNA 11 years ago. She's the one who has questioned over the years if she really needs it! I keep saying 'yes'. Especially now that she's PA, and out in her own a great deal.

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 3:06pm
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What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing. AAAAI has several references in their materials about this. For example, the AAAAI position statment 34 on Anaphylaxis in School and Child Care Settings [url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp[/url] notes the usefulness of medical identification...
Quoting: [b]In addition, it is often useful if children allergic to foods wear some form of identification (eg, Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace or badges in nursery school).
[/b]
Also, similar points made in a press release from AAAAI and FAAN last year
[url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm[/url]
Quoting: To protect your child, and prevent anaphylaxis, the AAAAI and FAAN encourage parents to take the following steps before the school year begins:
Work with an allergist/immunologist to identify your child's triggers and reinforce these to your child. [b]If possible, provide your child with a medical bracelet or necklace that identifies his or her specific allergy. [/b]
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 11, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 11:40pm
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Personally, I would rather err on the side of having extra precautions than less so my daughter wears a medic alert bracelet.
Our allergiest never suggested we DON'T get a bracelet but did comment that her numbers at the time weren't "alarming". We held off since she was in our care and a trusted daycare but now that she is close to starting preschool (a new setting with more children and adults who don't know her as well) we have a bracelet on her and that's that.

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Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing. AAAAI has several references in their materials about this. For example, the AAAAI position statment 34 on Anaphylaxis in School and Child Care Settings [url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp[/url] notes the usefulness of medical identification...
Quoting: [b]In addition, it is often useful if children allergic to foods wear some form of identification (eg, Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace or badges in nursery school).
[/b]
Also, similar points made in a press release from AAAAI and FAAN last year
[url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm[/url]
Quoting: To protect your child, and prevent anaphylaxis, the AAAAI and FAAN encourage parents to take the following steps before the school year begins:
Work with an allergist/immunologist to identify your child's triggers and reinforce these to your child. [b]If possible, provide your child with a medical bracelet or necklace that identifies his or her specific allergy. [/b]
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 11, 2006).][/b]
Just in case you glossed over this post, please read it again, OP.
Follow it to the T.
Perfect advice.
End of story.
Thanks Nutter!
Jason
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Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 6:23am
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[b]What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing.[/b]
Ditto.
I wonder if there is some board that the guy could be turned in to? It sounds to me like he really shouldn't just be left in the field with that type of attitude toward medic alert bracelets(or other forms of I.D.). I imagine that there are plenty of people out there that wouldn't question his viewpoint and stop using them, or not get them in the first place -- which, IMPO, would be dangerous.

Posted on: Fri, 05/12/2006 - 3:28am
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we never had a medic alert bracelet for our son until this year....he has reached an age where he is getting more independent ( he turned 6 in November) . Up til then, he was always in my care or someone who was fully aware of his allergies and asthma and trained to deal with it. Now that he is in kindergarten, I make him wear it every day, and he wears it to play outdoors as well. it certainly can't hurt having that information on him!! I'm surprised your Dr. was at all negative about it. take care, jen

Posted on: Fri, 05/12/2006 - 3:51am
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[b]he was always in my care or someone who was fully aware of his allergies and asthma and trained to deal with it.[/b]
I thought that this was okay for our situation too, until I started to think about what would happen if something happened to me? If we were in a car accident, or I had a heart attack, or some other thing that incapacitated me, or the person caring for my children, who would know about their FA's? Nobody would.
How many times do you read on these boards that while in some hospital waiting room -- on either side of the doors -- children are offered something by Doctors & Nurses that could kill them? Who believes that if you are being worked on in the ER, someone isn't going to offer your kid something to eat?
There are many reasons to get a medical alert bracelet, or some other identifying item -- necklace,etc., -- they are something no FA child should be without, no matter how young, no matter who cares for them, because you never know what can happen -- when it comes to the life of your child, don't you want to cover as many bases as possible?

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 12:07am
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We call it the designated epi-pen carrier. Our 16yr PA son always wears his medic alert necklace. His friends know to look for it, it creates awareness.
Last weekend he went to the Jr Prom and asked his group of friends who carry his back-up epi-pen. It is like the designted driver concept. We did it in case he is unable to deliver an epi-pen shot himself.
The point is, for us, the more that friends and contacts know and undersatnd the better protected he will be when he is out an about when we are not around. The medic alert bracelet helps serve that purpose.
War it proudly - I also wear the FAAN bracelet as wel to help educate my friends, family, co-workers on what the peanut allergy is.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 5:20am
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We asked an EMT at our church about the bracelet. He said they look for them. And they might not spot the trendier, cool ones.
Ugh.

Posted on: Sun, 05/21/2006 - 1:49pm
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Thanks all for your replies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I wish I could have told the doctor what I thought of his ridiculous comment, but I wanted to change the subject before my son caught on to the fact that the doctor was saying his bracelet was unneccessary. Ds has worn his bracelet with no complaints for three years, and I would *never* take it off! What surprised me is that this doctor is fairly highly regarded - in fact, everyone I know in this area with a FA child uses him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 05/25/2006 - 9:41pm
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MCMOM,
Hi, how are you? I think that it was inappropriate for your doctor to say this, especially in front of your child. You have one, your child is wearing it, what can it hurt?
If you want a new dr., we use Dr. Perin in Teaneck. I have referred many people to him and they have been happy with him too. He has been wonderful in treating DS for his environmental allergies, food allergies as well as asthma.
I don't know what his stand is on Medic Alert, but I know he would never put you down for having one.
Also, someone posted that the "trendy ones" aren't recognized by EMTs. My son is involved in Cub Scouts and a leader (an EMT) from another school noticed his sports one right away and I asked him if they keep up on the new styles. He said yes, we are kept up to date on the MEDIC ALERT Brand.
Good Luck...

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:22am
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Oh I cannot believe this!! FIRE HIM!!! NOW!!! HOW CAN A DOCTOR THINK THEY DONT NEED IT ANYMORE??? Ok.. .I am done ranting now...
This post caught my attention. I have not posted here in a while, but last week I had a severe peanut reaction. It caught me by surprise and I think it was a cross contamination. I wear a med ID and I am 32 yrs old! I have had my allergy all my life. Without my medical ID, I think things would had gotten a lot worse! I was lucky that a friend of mine was with me who knew about my allergy, but really didnt "click" with them until I was on the floor and she saw my Medical ID bracelet. As they called 911, she ran to my truck to get my EPI and brought it to me. I was able to administer it myself, but when the ambulance arrived, they had to give me another injection before I arrived at the ER. Without that first injection, I do not know what the outcome would have been.
Keep the medical ID on your child. Who cares what the DR says. It might just save your child's life one day. It sure saved mine this week!

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:35am
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Wow. That is very scary. I am glad you are okay now.
Would you mind sharing details about what you think was behind your being "surprised" by cross-contamination? I think this is often helpful for us on the boards to think about in terms of avoiding similar situations (or at least asking questions that we otherwise wouldn't have thought about....)
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Posted on: Tue, 06/27/2006 - 2:53am
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I tried to get HB to wear a bracelet and he kept playing with it. He has one of those "dog tags" that you can get information printed on. The chain is getting too small so I need to get a bigger one. HB doesn't mind wearing it, he always shows it to people to let them know what is going on with him. He even showed it to his doctors, they thought it was a good idea, I couldn't even imagine how I would feel or what I would say if his doctor said something like that. I would probably be speechless and HB would probably asks him if he was "nuts"

Posted on: Fri, 07/28/2006 - 11:17am
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A little late to this thread I am.... I don't get onto the boards much these days. But one thing I can tell you with certainty is that the medic alert bracelet is one little piece of insurance against the unknown.
When we were in a car accident some years ago, I was in a total daze. The first thing the medical personnel did was ask Patricia if he could see her bracelet.
When we were at the ER, hospital, and any other number of circumstances that were not necessarily related to Patricia, there were several nurses or staff or doctors or other professionals that immediately spotted that bracelet and asked to see it.
Not only does the bracelet/emblem provide instant information about the nature of medical issue, it provides a phone number to Medic Alert and an ID number. With that, emergency responders who needed to know who Patricia was or what her medical history was could call and get information immediately... her name, her emergency contact information, her doctor's contact information, etc.
I can tell the paramedics all about Patricia and her allergy. But if I were not there or Patricia were unconscious, etc, the information would be there.

Posted on: Sat, 08/26/2006 - 2:13pm
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Wow, our Allergist told me get one for my son. He even wrote in on the school paperwork that my son would be wearing one.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 1:37pm
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mcmom,
where did you get your sons id braclet. I just ordered one for my 4 year old and he doesn't really like it. He picked out the bands which have neat things on them but I was wondering if there was something else to look at.
Thanks,
Mary

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 3:14pm
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Ricky'sMom, my son just wears the basic silver bracelet from Medic Alert. He has been wearing it since he was about 4. He objected at first, but now he is so used to it (he's seven now!) that he doesn't even know it's there [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 1:39pm
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DD's allergist told us to get her a medic-alert bracelet when she was diagnosed TNA 11 years ago. She's the one who has questioned over the years if she really needs it! I keep saying 'yes'. Especially now that she's PA, and out in her own a great deal.

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 3:06pm
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What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing. AAAAI has several references in their materials about this. For example, the AAAAI position statment 34 on Anaphylaxis in School and Child Care Settings [url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp[/url] notes the usefulness of medical identification...
Quoting: [b]In addition, it is often useful if children allergic to foods wear some form of identification (eg, Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace or badges in nursery school).
[/b]
Also, similar points made in a press release from AAAAI and FAAN last year
[url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm[/url]
Quoting: To protect your child, and prevent anaphylaxis, the AAAAI and FAAN encourage parents to take the following steps before the school year begins:
Work with an allergist/immunologist to identify your child's triggers and reinforce these to your child. [b]If possible, provide your child with a medical bracelet or necklace that identifies his or her specific allergy. [/b]
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 11, 2006).]

Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 11:40pm
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Personally, I would rather err on the side of having extra precautions than less so my daughter wears a medic alert bracelet.
Our allergiest never suggested we DON'T get a bracelet but did comment that her numbers at the time weren't "alarming". We held off since she was in our care and a trusted daycare but now that she is close to starting preschool (a new setting with more children and adults who don't know her as well) we have a bracelet on her and that's that.

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Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing. AAAAI has several references in their materials about this. For example, the AAAAI position statment 34 on Anaphylaxis in School and Child Care Settings [url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp[/url] notes the usefulness of medical identification...
Quoting: [b]In addition, it is often useful if children allergic to foods wear some form of identification (eg, Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace or badges in nursery school).
[/b]
Also, similar points made in a press release from AAAAI and FAAN last year
[url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm[/url]
Quoting: To protect your child, and prevent anaphylaxis, the AAAAI and FAAN encourage parents to take the following steps before the school year begins:
Work with an allergist/immunologist to identify your child's triggers and reinforce these to your child. [b]If possible, provide your child with a medical bracelet or necklace that identifies his or her specific allergy. [/b]
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 11, 2006).][/b]
Just in case you glossed over this post, please read it again, OP.
Follow it to the T.
Perfect advice.
End of story.
Thanks Nutter!
Jason
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[b]* Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 6:23am
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[b]What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing.[/b]
Ditto.
I wonder if there is some board that the guy could be turned in to? It sounds to me like he really shouldn't just be left in the field with that type of attitude toward medic alert bracelets(or other forms of I.D.). I imagine that there are plenty of people out there that wouldn't question his viewpoint and stop using them, or not get them in the first place -- which, IMPO, would be dangerous.

Posted on: Fri, 05/12/2006 - 3:28am
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we never had a medic alert bracelet for our son until this year....he has reached an age where he is getting more independent ( he turned 6 in November) . Up til then, he was always in my care or someone who was fully aware of his allergies and asthma and trained to deal with it. Now that he is in kindergarten, I make him wear it every day, and he wears it to play outdoors as well. it certainly can't hurt having that information on him!! I'm surprised your Dr. was at all negative about it. take care, jen

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[b]he was always in my care or someone who was fully aware of his allergies and asthma and trained to deal with it.[/b]
I thought that this was okay for our situation too, until I started to think about what would happen if something happened to me? If we were in a car accident, or I had a heart attack, or some other thing that incapacitated me, or the person caring for my children, who would know about their FA's? Nobody would.
How many times do you read on these boards that while in some hospital waiting room -- on either side of the doors -- children are offered something by Doctors & Nurses that could kill them? Who believes that if you are being worked on in the ER, someone isn't going to offer your kid something to eat?
There are many reasons to get a medical alert bracelet, or some other identifying item -- necklace,etc., -- they are something no FA child should be without, no matter how young, no matter who cares for them, because you never know what can happen -- when it comes to the life of your child, don't you want to cover as many bases as possible?

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 12:07am
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We call it the designated epi-pen carrier. Our 16yr PA son always wears his medic alert necklace. His friends know to look for it, it creates awareness.
Last weekend he went to the Jr Prom and asked his group of friends who carry his back-up epi-pen. It is like the designted driver concept. We did it in case he is unable to deliver an epi-pen shot himself.
The point is, for us, the more that friends and contacts know and undersatnd the better protected he will be when he is out an about when we are not around. The medic alert bracelet helps serve that purpose.
War it proudly - I also wear the FAAN bracelet as wel to help educate my friends, family, co-workers on what the peanut allergy is.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 5:20am
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We asked an EMT at our church about the bracelet. He said they look for them. And they might not spot the trendier, cool ones.
Ugh.

Posted on: Sun, 05/21/2006 - 1:49pm
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Thanks all for your replies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I wish I could have told the doctor what I thought of his ridiculous comment, but I wanted to change the subject before my son caught on to the fact that the doctor was saying his bracelet was unneccessary. Ds has worn his bracelet with no complaints for three years, and I would *never* take it off! What surprised me is that this doctor is fairly highly regarded - in fact, everyone I know in this area with a FA child uses him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 05/25/2006 - 9:41pm
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MCMOM,
Hi, how are you? I think that it was inappropriate for your doctor to say this, especially in front of your child. You have one, your child is wearing it, what can it hurt?
If you want a new dr., we use Dr. Perin in Teaneck. I have referred many people to him and they have been happy with him too. He has been wonderful in treating DS for his environmental allergies, food allergies as well as asthma.
I don't know what his stand is on Medic Alert, but I know he would never put you down for having one.
Also, someone posted that the "trendy ones" aren't recognized by EMTs. My son is involved in Cub Scouts and a leader (an EMT) from another school noticed his sports one right away and I asked him if they keep up on the new styles. He said yes, we are kept up to date on the MEDIC ALERT Brand.
Good Luck...

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:22am
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Oh I cannot believe this!! FIRE HIM!!! NOW!!! HOW CAN A DOCTOR THINK THEY DONT NEED IT ANYMORE??? Ok.. .I am done ranting now...
This post caught my attention. I have not posted here in a while, but last week I had a severe peanut reaction. It caught me by surprise and I think it was a cross contamination. I wear a med ID and I am 32 yrs old! I have had my allergy all my life. Without my medical ID, I think things would had gotten a lot worse! I was lucky that a friend of mine was with me who knew about my allergy, but really didnt "click" with them until I was on the floor and she saw my Medical ID bracelet. As they called 911, she ran to my truck to get my EPI and brought it to me. I was able to administer it myself, but when the ambulance arrived, they had to give me another injection before I arrived at the ER. Without that first injection, I do not know what the outcome would have been.
Keep the medical ID on your child. Who cares what the DR says. It might just save your child's life one day. It sure saved mine this week!

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:35am
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Wow. That is very scary. I am glad you are okay now.
Would you mind sharing details about what you think was behind your being "surprised" by cross-contamination? I think this is often helpful for us on the boards to think about in terms of avoiding similar situations (or at least asking questions that we otherwise wouldn't have thought about....)
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 06/27/2006 - 2:53am
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I tried to get HB to wear a bracelet and he kept playing with it. He has one of those "dog tags" that you can get information printed on. The chain is getting too small so I need to get a bigger one. HB doesn't mind wearing it, he always shows it to people to let them know what is going on with him. He even showed it to his doctors, they thought it was a good idea, I couldn't even imagine how I would feel or what I would say if his doctor said something like that. I would probably be speechless and HB would probably asks him if he was "nuts"

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A little late to this thread I am.... I don't get onto the boards much these days. But one thing I can tell you with certainty is that the medic alert bracelet is one little piece of insurance against the unknown.
When we were in a car accident some years ago, I was in a total daze. The first thing the medical personnel did was ask Patricia if he could see her bracelet.
When we were at the ER, hospital, and any other number of circumstances that were not necessarily related to Patricia, there were several nurses or staff or doctors or other professionals that immediately spotted that bracelet and asked to see it.
Not only does the bracelet/emblem provide instant information about the nature of medical issue, it provides a phone number to Medic Alert and an ID number. With that, emergency responders who needed to know who Patricia was or what her medical history was could call and get information immediately... her name, her emergency contact information, her doctor's contact information, etc.
I can tell the paramedics all about Patricia and her allergy. But if I were not there or Patricia were unconscious, etc, the information would be there.

Posted on: Sat, 08/26/2006 - 2:13pm
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Wow, our Allergist told me get one for my son. He even wrote in on the school paperwork that my son would be wearing one.

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 1:37pm
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mcmom,
where did you get your sons id braclet. I just ordered one for my 4 year old and he doesn't really like it. He picked out the bands which have neat things on them but I was wondering if there was something else to look at.
Thanks,
Mary

Posted on: Sun, 08/27/2006 - 3:14pm
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Ricky'sMom, my son just wears the basic silver bracelet from Medic Alert. He has been wearing it since he was about 4. He objected at first, but now he is so used to it (he's seven now!) that he doesn't even know it's there [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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