Does your PA child wear a medic alert bracelet

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 12:27am
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We have never gotten a medic alert bracelet or other type of identification for my PA son. But, as he gets older (he's 2 now) and there are more times I am not with him, I worry more about someone else giving him something with peanuts.

How many of your kids wear some sort of PA identification? At what age did they start wearing it? Where did you get it? Do you use the Medic Alert or something else?

Thanks!!

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Laura - Mom to Lukas 3/26/02 - PA

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 12:48am
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We didn't get our son his first Medic Alert bracelet until he entered school. I wasn't even go to get him one but a teacher told me that if he is with another teacher or out in the school yard and something happens then that would be the first thing they check for is his bracelet. If your child is not with you 24/7 I would highly recommend one. Hope this helps
Pam

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 12:54am
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My ds wears a medic alert bracelet. He started wearing it at 5, right before he started school. We put it on and it hasnt come off since. He doesnt even realize he is wearing it. So I would recommend once you put it on you let him get used to it and leave it on. We ordered directly from Medic-Alert.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 1:11am
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Trevor has a Medic-Alert bracelet. He has been wearing it since he was about 20 months old. He wears it all the time, we never take it off.
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Tina
Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
It's a BOY!!! due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 1:11am
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My ds started wearing a medic-alert bracelet when he was 3. I just ordered him a new one from medic alert (sports band one). They get used to it & he never takes it off. Better safe than sorry. He's had other mothers look at it, swimming teacher,etc. I found then they are curious and ask me questions about his allergies. An opportunity to educate.
Have a great day
Linda

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 1:20am
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Our 4 year old son has worn a bracelet since he was diagnosed with his peanut allergy when he was 2.
One of the 'hidden' benefits has been that he uses it to pick up girls. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
In all seriousness, it increases both his awareness and the awareness of the people around him. I wish I had a dime for all the people that have spotted the bracelet on his wrist and said, "Little Boy, why are you wearing that cute bracelet?". You would be surprised at the amount of people that notice and stop to talk about it.
My 4 year old is getting good at explaining on his own that his is allergic to peanuts and he could die if he ate one.
The people that ask usually respond with "I didn't know that peanut allergies were that bad".
Bracelets should be standard equipment for peanut allergic kids.
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Pete Ferraro
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Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 1:37am
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I agree with all the above posts. We got Katie's bracelet shortly after she was diagnosed (age 3). She never takes it off. I think it offers an additional level of protection of the times that we aren't with her. And like others mentioned, it also gets people to ask her questions. I think it has helped her to be less shy about her allergy.

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 2:16am
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We got Matthew one as soon as we found out he was allergic at 2.5 he is 4 now and he loves it he tells everyone about how he can't have nuts because they make him sick and he is very proud of his epi pen

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 2:40am
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My DS does wear a medic alert. He started wearing it about 6 months ago. I wanted him to get used to it for kindergarten. His ped reccomended that we get one [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Hope this helps [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 2:48am
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We got a medic alert bracelet for our DD when she was 2 (diagnosed at 18 months). She never takes it off. When she had her anaphalactic reaction on 10-29-03, the paramedic praised her for having it on.
I too find it to be a great way to introduce her PA as most people ask about it. I've had other parents at church tell me that everytime they see Jamie's bracelet, it reminds them to make sure they had washed their child's face & hands before they went into class.
Lea
DD, Jamie, almost 4, PA & TNA
DS, David, almost 1, unknown

Posted on: Thu, 03/18/2004 - 3:22am
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Our DD has worn it since she was 2 and a half (about). She will not take it off. We feel like it is essential since she has asthma as well as PA.

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