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I have not yet ordered a medic alert id for my son. He is 2.5 and is always with my dh, me, ora caregiver that knows his allergy. With his young age I just don't think he'd leave it on either.

My son will start daycare after the first of the year and I'm thinking at that point he should have one to serve as a reminder to them.

How young was your child when you got him/her a bracelet?

On Jul 27, 2007

We were of the same mindeset, but after reading this board we decided not to wait. What if we got into an accident and we were unable to tell them about her food allergies? I figure if she ever wandered off, at least they'll know who she is! (and heaven forbid someone offers her food!) We found that once we got her bracelet, everyone took her allergy more seriously, from restaurants to family members.

We have the basic staineless steel one, and she's never tried to take it off. She'd never be able too either, with that clasp. I barely can do it myself!

We're glad we got it - no regrets. She's had it since she barely turned 2.

On Jul 27, 2007

I think the chain bracelets from Medic Alert are pretty fool proof(meaning a young child probably couldn't get the thinkg off anyways). But I got my daughter a bracelet(not medic alert though) under age 1. They mess with it for awhile, but I just repeat "leave it" and she is fine with it now. Anyways, my kids are in my care, everyday....but I still would want a bracelet on them, never know when I might have something go on(pass out or knock myself out) or end up in a car wreck and wouldn't be able to tell emergency response about my kiddos....the bracelet will do the talking for me(plus all the emergency info I have printed by the phones, in my car and in the diaper bag). So IMO...you're never too young!

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-4 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, grass, mold, dust mite and EE) Savannah-1 1/2 (milk and egg)

On Jul 27, 2007

My son was 2 when diagnosed and about 3 when he got a medic alert bracelet. Even though he was always with someone aware of his allergy, I was nervous about him being separated in an emergency and some well meaning person giving him food. He is used to the bracelet now and has no problem with it.

On Jul 27, 2007

Wow, again a question that you all answered for me posing a side I didn't think of. I am just so ignorant on all of this still. In my defense it's only been 2 weeks though.

I love that I can ask here and you all are so nonjudgemental in your responses.

Thank you thank you!

On Jul 27, 2007

I have 2 children with multiple food allergies. My 5 year old wears a sports band style medic alert bracelet and has since he was 3 and started preschool. My 1 year old just got one, and we are gradually getting her used to it. My main concern is if we get in an accident, especially since her worst allergy right now is dairy. So I always have her wear it if we go out in the car anywhere, especially for a long trip.

Please don't be hard on yourself - you are NOT ignorant! This is a learning process, we all learn as we go. You have found a great place to come and find answers. Good luck [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jul 27, 2007

I just meant uneducated about this subject. I'm new to all of this still, that's all.

On Jul 27, 2007

we got our son a medic allert bracelet about the age of 2 because we wanted him to keep it on. i figured if we waited untill he was older he might not want to wear it. this way its just something he has always had.

erin

On Jul 28, 2007

Hi, my son is also 2.5 and we just got him a medical bracelet. We got ours from StickyJ because it was the only place I found with toddler attractive bands. Anyway, he wanted me to take it off at first, but instead of removing it, I pointed at the fire trucks in his band and his shiny silver plate and told him "wow, that nice!" and then just left it at that. Every time he would try to get me to take it off I do the same thing and then "walk away" after a few minutes he was happily playing and by the 3rd day he no longer took notice of it. It's like a part of him now. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I wonder if an anklet would be an option too. When my son was in the hospital they put his hospital band on his ankle instead of his wrist.

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On Jul 28, 2007

Age 2 seems popular! He was diagnosed with egg allergy at 7mo and peanut/treenut at age 18mo and he's been wearing one ever since. right away. Plain MedicAlert, Stainless Steel, Double Claw Clasp - there is no way a toddler can get that off! When he was older we tried the MedicAlert sport bands (clip and velcro types) with limited success. Too bulky, easy to take off, forget to put back on after a bath etc. We switched back to the regular one and now the neck chain. He wants a gold one but that's a bit out of my price range . . .!

All of these other brands of braclets that have come on the market do not provide the services that MedicAlert does. MedicAlert is more than just jewelery - it's a connection to medical help when it is needed.

On Jul 28, 2007

DS was diagnosed at 3 years and 3 months...we got the bracelet about a month later - he has worn it since. He is very outgoing and likes meeting people...so I encourage him to show people and tell them what it is....he really enjoys that part of it.

Did I show you this yet???

[url="http://www.foodallergyinitiative.org/section_home2.html"]http://www.foodallergyinitiative.org/section_home2.html[/url]

DS really likes this and when I let him play games on my computer he often watches this first.

On Jul 28, 2007

My wife bought one for our son when he as 18 months (now almost 4) for that very reason. If we get in a car accident, first thing people at a hospital were going to do was give a baby milk or cookies or snacks with milk/egg/peanut. He chewed on it at first, but now doesn't pay it any mind. We bought a stainless steel dog tag style that hangs around his neck and had the necklace (silver) shortened to keep him from getting it in his mouth too much.

We don't leave the house without it. And now he knows to look for it. We ask him as we leave if he has everything he needs. Necklace and epi-pens? Let's go.

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On Jul 28, 2007

Our DS started wearing his at 11 months. I'm so glad we got it early because I'm sure it would be a battle to try to get him to start wearing one now. He's rarely away from us but it has been nice to know that if there was an accident or emergency the medic alert bracelet would be available for anyone to see.

------------------ Mom to: D (5) NKA Z (4) Peanut, Milk, Egg, etc...

On Jul 29, 2007

My daughter was 13 months when she got her first bracelet. It bothered her for about the first hour she wore it. I think we had about a half hour long problem the next day when she noticed it was still on. She is 3 years and 4 months old and it doesn't bother her a bit. People even strangers say they like her bracelet, so it makes her feel special. Cindy

On Jul 30, 2007

Well, I am not the norm here. My son didn't get a bracelet until he started BIG SCHOOL (age 4). We figured that he was with me 24/7 and there was no need. He is now 10 years old and still has one. I don't know to what age he may not want to wear it anymore? Not cool at 20 years old.... Hope he still will want to wear it.....

Pam

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