At What Age Did You/Your Child Start Wearing a MedicAlert Bracelet?

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 12:17am
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(I did do a search and surprisingly I had not raised this question before [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )

At what age did you/your child start wearing a MedicAlert bracelet or other form of medical I.D. (that sounds strange, but I mean the MedicAlert like jewelery, etc.)?

Jesse was 3-3/4. He started wearing both his MedicAlert bracelet and a fanny pack with his Epi-pen in it when he started school.

I'm raising this question because of a question reader currently has running under Main Discussion about what age to begin at (teaching your child re their PA). I'm particularly interested in seeing how young some children are that start wearing bracelets. This doesn't mean that you can't post if your child/yourself wasn't really young.

Actually, should re-phrase - simply interested in seeing how young or how not young children are when they start wearing their MedicAlert bracelets, and the same with adult persons as well.... (I think that was better [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] )

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 12:38am
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DD was at 2 1/2 years old
She did have to get use to it.
She is almost 4 and has no problem with it.
Love this site
Synthia
[This message has been edited by synthia (edited February 13, 2005).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 12:40am
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Austin was almost 3 when we found out he was pa and when he started wearing his MedicAlert bracelet.
For those of you that get the chain MedicAlert when they are younger, when they lose their baby fat it tends to get looser, so get it to fit perfectly when they are small.
[This message has been edited by smack (edited April 03, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 12:54am
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My Austin was almost 16 months when he started wearing his. He has a Sport Band type. Tries to take it off, but we usually tell him no, and he is ok. I need to get the chain type medic alert bracelet resized so that he can wear it 24/7.

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 1:16am
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My guy is just a little over 3 and we got ours last month. We made a big deal out of measuring his wrist, then ordering it, and then made an even bigger deal out of it when it arrived in the mail. We put it on right away, and it hasn't been off since.
So far our only problem is that his twin wants one too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Sherlyn
Mom to 3 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not.
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Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 3:07am
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My son was about 2 years old. I got it right after he had his scratch test done at the allergist. He is now 6. I think because he got it so young, the bracelet is just a "part of him" now.

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 5:56am
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I've never had a medic-alert bracelet. Although I do keep my family, friends and co-workers advised of my peanut allergy.

Posted on: Thu, 04/03/2003 - 7:28am
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erik, I hope you don't mind me asking you a couple of questions since you're the adult that responded in here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Are you ever concerned about having a reaction where you weren't around any people that were aware of your PA and you would want people that were around to know? Is there a specific reason you don't wear one or just because you never did (I understand how things were different for you as a PA child than they are for our PA children to-day)? And lastly, (I'm sorry), do you wear an Epi-belt?
I have a 42 year old friend who is anaphylactic to shellfish. She doesn't carry an Epi-pen and she doesn't wear a MedicAlert bracelet.
I also have two other friends (well, one is a close family member), one in the 30's and one in their 40's who both have a liver disease, that to me, would warrant wearing a MedicAlert bracelet, not necessarily for themselves but in case they did come into care of other individuals who might be affected by their disease. Neither one of them wear one either. The one person just wouldn't think of wearing one (the close family member) and the other friend said that she was afraid to wear one because although she would have other medical conditions listed on her MedicAlert bracelet along with the liver disease, she felt that if anyone saw the liver disease part there would be a stigma attached to her/it.
I haven't been faced with any health problem yet (touch wood) whereby I would need one, but I do like to think that I would get one if I did need one. But then again, I can't really answer that, can I?
And erik, you know me, if I asked you something you don't feel comfortable answering, just don't answer! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 04/04/2003 - 3:38am
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My son was 13 months old when he started wearing a MedicAlert sports band around his ankle.

Posted on: Fri, 04/04/2003 - 4:47am
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Hi Cindy,
Really busy here so can't reply to you until the weekend, but I will reply.
(I can't believe winter has returned)

Posted on: Fri, 04/04/2003 - 7:30am
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erik, you don't need to worry about replying to me, as I said. They are personal questions. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I can believe winter has returned. The other night I had to go to the variety store and I was walking home singing something about "winter wonderland". I think the only reason I was able to sing about it was because it HAS to end soon, doesn't it? And then, of course, that was before we got two more days of it and I've had to go out in storms walking with both kids on errands. I also hear that we're supposed to be getting more.
We had a combo of snow and freezing rain pelting us as we ran an errand after school to-day and Ember calls it snow knives. That's what it feels like too. But we made it and I'm just sitting here, still with my boots on and getting ready to go downstairs and face my kitchen.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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