Any suggestion on getting a 3 yr old to wear medic-alert bracelet?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 8:01am
mom2cuties's picture
Joined: 02/21/2002 - 09:00

Well, I seem to be having a problem with getting my 3 yr old daughter to wear her bracelet...and we all know 3 yr olds have a mind of their own, right! [img][/img]

She has the book "No nuts for me" and I have explained to her that Noah wears his bracelet every day. She will show everyone she knows the bracelet and say, "See, that means I am ergic to pwenuts" [img][/img] Still I just can't get her to keep it on! She keeps breaking it off her arm.

Any suggestions?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 8:22am
Batman's picture
Joined: 08/11/2000 - 09:00

It was easier for me because I have a PA son - his favourite superhero at the time was Batman (hence my name!), so we just told him it was like the one Batman wears, and it worked...worked just as well for the epi-pen around the waist too.
Are there any kinds of superheros that your daughter is fond of that perhaps you can use?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 8:27am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

"she keeps breaking it off her arm"?!
If you are using the same stainless style that we are, your daughter must be incredibly strong and cunning!!! *I* have trouble getting hers off!!
We have had the best luck by simply putting it on and NEVER taking it off- not for swimming, not for bathing, not for anything. It is on 24/7. Period.
Maybe your daughter's doctor could be enlisted as an aide to this end? (Sometimes when the doctor says, its different than what Mom or Dad says, if you see my meaning.) We have also emphasized how special it is to have a nice bracelet to wear (most of the children our dd knows do not have jewelry at all), and have even used heavy-gauge jump rings to attach charms to the rings flanking the badge. She likes it better and there is still no way anyone is going to mistake that item for a charm bracelet.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 9:03am
mom2cuties's picture
Joined: 02/21/2002 - 09:00

Thanks for the replies so quickly! [img][/img] My dd does not break the actual bracelet but rather the clasp at the end. It is not a "Medic-Alert", just the medical bracelet with the symbol on front. (Know what I mean? [img][/img]) Do you think the Medic-Alert bracelets are stronger?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 12:04pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I know it is a good idea for her to wear the bracelet but why not wait a bit longer?
Is she ever going to be anywhere without you or another adult? Someone who knows the story?
Let her wear it when she is older and really understands the reasoning. Or at least until she starts school. By then she'll want to wear it.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 3:58pm
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Our Medic Alert is pretty much bullet-proof (even for our toddler/preschooler)...and it is also curved so it lies against her arm.
I also respectfully disagree with Peg, though I understand why she might feel that way. But you never really know when you might NEED your child's medical information on that bracelet. They need it far more when they are too young to speak up for themselves in an articulate manner. What if your child got lost in a store? Or if you were unconscious after an accident? During those few minutes, it would be very important for those around your child to know about his/her allergy.
It also helps to let family/friends know how serious the problem can be- they take the Medic-Alert name very seriously (it is like the professional stamp or something, I don't know!) This is a problem that may get better as family and friends learn about a long reaction history, but until then they might be skeptical.
Anyway, we have been encouraged by all three of our allergists to have the Medic-Alert bracelet be a part of our child's earliest memories- that way they are not so likely to rebel against it in the elementary school years when it is most likely that they would take it off otherwise. (Just like glasses and retainers, I guess) I don't know if I fully concede that one since our dd isn't that old yet. She isn't even AWARE of her bracelet most of the time now, I will say that. She by no means finds it irritating or annoying. I have seen other kids who were not that comfortable wearing them when they were introduced at an older age (diabetic children, mostly), because they "got in the way" of writing, etc. So I think we made the right decision to have her wear hers beginning at age 1.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 8:38pm
ABreitner's picture
Joined: 07/02/2002 - 09:00

Ben is 2 1/2 and has been wearing his MedicAlert bracelet for about a year. I reccomend getting the one from them because I know that he cannot get it off. I also agree that it is important to do now in case you were ever separated for even a moment.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 11:35pm
Klutzi's picture
Joined: 03/10/2002 - 09:00

My DD is almost 3. We got her a medic-alert bracelet about 6 month ago. We didn't give her an option about it. We just put it on & then really praised her & told her how pretty she was with her special bracelet. Most of the time she ignores it. But is getting now where she will show it off to anyone who asks about it.
We got ours from Medic-Alert & it is very strong & she could not get it off by herself. I personally feel safer her having it even though she is always with me. If we'd have an accident, it would alert the paramedics to her allergies even if I was unconsious. Plus, I think it helps reinforce to family & friends that this is a dangerous allergy.
Just my 2 cents!
Lea (mom to Jamie - PA & TNA)

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 11:49pm
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

You know, you are correct, I never thought of an accident when a child could be separated from a mother or an adult in charge.
I guess that is one reason to get a three year old to wear a medic alert.
My 18 year old son cannot even get his off. The actual "Medic Alert" bracelets are tough to manage by yourself. He and I laughed when he realized it was almost impossible to get off alone but for sure he's never had it off in 10 years at least. I got him a really big one he wears way up on his arm.
My feeling is still though if a three year old refuses to wear it then go slowly and let her decide when is right. I hate to force things on kids, even in a nice way. My Mr. Rogers training I guess.
Pretty soon she will become a child you can reason with. Even bribe and I'm not above a nice bribe now and then. That transition is so quick and so nice to see, and then you miss the baby too!

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 3:53am
abers's picture
Joined: 10/11/2001 - 09:00

We told our son it is a "watch" (got the idea from this board). We first put it on when he was 1 1/2 years and it has not come off since (about 1 year). He tried to get it off the very first time we put it on -- but after we told him it was a watch he stopped trying and now he ignores it 99% of the time.
Although at this age he is always with adults who know about the allergy -- I like that he wears it to serve a constant reminder to those around him (daycare teachers, mostly). I think it also sends a signal that this is a very serious condition.
Now that he is starting to understand what a watch really is -- we're probably going to have tell him that it is a special bracelet or something.

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 7:51am
mom2cuties's picture
Joined: 02/21/2002 - 09:00

Peg, she will probably never be anywhere without an adult (not yet anyway) but I really don't like her not wearing it. I just think about not being able to speak for her like Corallis Mom said. I have been trying for a year to get her to wear it but no luck yet. [img][/img]
Maybe she is *not ready* and I should wait for another while,kinda like potty training [img][/img] After all, when I was training her, I waited until she was ready and she was fully trained in 2 days but that's another story! [img][/img]
From what you guys have said I think I may get the real bracelet because it seems to be stronger and she will not be able to take off.


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