Medical Alert Jewelery or Temporary Tattoos?

Posted on: Sun, 05/13/2018 - 6:24am
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Hi, I'm new to the food allergy thing, and my toddler son has PA. I'm going to try medical alert temporary tattoos, instead of jewelery. I'm just wondering if anyone else has tried them, and any pros and cons they've found.

Posted on: Thu, 05/15/2014 - 8:06am
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Hi there! First of all, welcome. It can be very overwhelming navigating allergy-related issues, but you have made a smart choice by starting early.
Medical jewelry is a fantastic option for people with peanut allergies. Often times in a medical emergency the person will not be able to clearly communicate any health conditions he or she has, including specific allergies. This makes it much harder for medical responders to properly assess the situation. However, getting young children to wear jewelry can be very difficult, especially when they are active or are at social gatherings. You can learn more about medical jewelry here. This is where temporary tattoos are a great option.
Temporary tattoos that note specific allergies and needs are an effective and easy way to make sure your child is safe. A temporary tattoo can be easily washed off when needed. They are also easy for children to ‘wear’ because they sit flat on the skin and can’t fall off like jewelry can. Although temporary tattoos have many benefits, one important downside is the possibility that the tattoo will get rubbed off. This is a safety concern you have to take into account with your own son. You can learn more about these temporary allergy tattoos here.
Overall, you must use what you think your son will be most comfortable with. Whichever one he chooses will be the safest bet because he will most likely comply with its proper usage if he is more keen on using that particular tool to keep him safe.
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Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2014 - 1:11am
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Hi!
My daughters, age 10, both have severe peanut, tree nut and egg allergies. I have found that starting at a very early age of wearing the I.D. bracelets (age 2)it just becomes the "norm" for them. We never take the bracelets off even for bath.
My suggestion would be to go with an actual bracelet so that you can get your toddler use to wearing it now.
My only concern with the tattoo is the possibility of it getting rubbed off. Also, if your toddler has sensitive skin it may be an issue too.

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2014 - 2:20am
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You know I saw something on a mommy board I thought I would try for this type of thing so I will share the idea. Again - I haven't tried it but sounds interesting. I read where you can put "liquid band aid" over sharpie written on A child's skin or a tatoo. I'm def. going to try this idea out.

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