Durable Medic Alert Jewelery

Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2002 - 5:11am
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A year ago we gave our then 3 year old son a medic alert necklace for Christmas. Was from Ms. Brooke's and was a sterling silver race car with sterling neck chain. He loved wearing it. Our problem was that he developed a bad habit of playing with the chain (i.e., chewing on it while sitting watching cartoons). We have replaced the chain 3 times due to it being broken beyond repair. Now our problem is that he has broken the loop on the top of the charm that the chain runs through. Can any of you recommend something that is durable and will hold up under the stress a child will place on it???

Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2002 - 5:39am
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My 3 year old has worn a stainless steel alert bracelet since he was 2. The first one held up with only minor scratching on the face for over a year. We have only had to replace it once, and that was only because the info was out of date. They both have a lobster claw clasp that is much stronger than a traditional clasp. We purchased this last one from [url="http://www.oneida-medical-jewelry.com."]http://www.oneida-medical-jewelry.com.[/url]
We paid less than $25 even after shipping costs were added. Good luck with your search. I know Manuel having this bracelet has given me piece of mind when he is away from me.
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Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2002 - 5:53am
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We've had really bad luck with the durability of our Miss Brooke's bracelet, too. I spent a fortune having the first one constantly repaired, when the loop finally broke, as yours did. At that point I called Miss Brooke's to order a new one. (I have a very stubborn 7 year old who refused to consider another syle.) The woman who answered the phone told me they had had very bad luck with the I.D. style, and had been replacing them free with a charm style. I told her I wished I had known that before I had spent so much money having it repaired! Anyhow, she sent me a new one for free. We have had slightly better luck with it, but have had to get it repaired twice already. I hope it will last with the latest repair job. We had the jeweler make holes on either side of the charm and solder the chain to it on each side in a very "heavy duty" way. Good luck! I wish Medic Alert would carry styles that are fun for kids. I have to assume they would hold up better. Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2002 - 9:48am
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I hate to knock a recommended company, but I want to prevent a choking incident from happening.
Be careful with the medical bracelets found in pharmacy's. (i.e. they are supplied in Ontario by [url="http://www.pharmasystems.com/pages/otc.html"]http://www.pharmasystems.com/pages/otc.html[/url]
The bracelets look identical to the ones [url="http://www.oneida-medical-jewelry.com"]http://www.oneida-medical-jewelry.com[/url] has as well.
Syd's first bracelet was one of these, that has a medical symbol button type thingy (sorry - hard to describe) welded ontop of the bracelet - standard issue that you'd find on their website or at pharmacy's.
One day, around age 1, I saw that she had something strange in her mouth. It looked like a dime! I wedged her mouth open and took out the "welded medical symbol" that had become "unwelded?" Guess she had her wrist in her mouth, and somehow pried the medical symbol button off the bracelet face.
She could have easily choked on it - hoping this doesn't happen to anyone else.
If you do buy this product, double check every once and a while to make sure all the 'welding' is still in place.
We use the standard medic alert bracelet now, with no welded button to worry about.
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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 12:06am
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California Mom -- did you have to show proof that you bought the bracelet there? I no longer have the receipt for our necklace so wouldn't be able to show proof of purchase - maybe they would have record on it?? It was a year ago I know for sure as he was given it last year for Christmas. I will maybe try to e-mail them about it and see what they say. He had the charm necklace so hopefully you will have better luck than we did!

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 1:21am
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Syd's Mom - Thanks for the heads up about the 'button' on our bracelet. His first one didn't have this, and it hadn't yet occured to me that it could fall off. But, (of course as I type this I am probably jinxing myself [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) Manuel doesn't put things in his mouth very often, so maybe he will be okay.
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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 1:59am
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we have the medic alert sports band. My son is almost 18 months old...I have to tighten it as far as it will go, but he seems fine wearing it. Hasn't figured out how to get it off yet....It seems to hold up well. He wears it everyday to daycare and keeps it on all day.

Posted on: Thu, 11/07/2002 - 11:08am
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Just an updated -- I contacted Ms. Brooke's and they had me mail my son's medic charm back to them to "fix it" I sent it a week ago (keep in mind they are in another state). I got it back already today and they replaced it with a whole new charm. Thought that was very nice of them!

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