Medic Alert?

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 1:06pm
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Is anyone else a member there? Do you see it as a good idea for your allergy? My DD is almost 4, anaphalactic PA and we are lookinginto all resources to make sure she is safe,and that everyone who meets her can immediately spot her as a PA. We've had TOO Many close calls from people we thought knew.

And a question for parents whose child is on the program, what emblem did you get? My DDs wrist is so small, I'm thinking of just getting her a necklace, but I'm afraid it will bug her and she'll want it off. She's super sensitive to things on her. *sigh* This whole deal had me crying tonight. I think it is just a hard fact to accept. And my mom belittles it saying "At least you can control it. At least she doesn't have a real disease. You should be thankful" This is so real, and so out of my control.

Thanks for any help.

Julie

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 10:49pm
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Hi julie my 3 yr old ds has just gotten his medic alert bracelet he is very small (about 26lbs) they have really small sizes we got him the size 4 or 5

Posted on: Sat, 06/07/2003 - 11:56pm
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Hi Julie! My guess is that your mom has likely never been of much support to you in any way and so her behaviour regarding PA is not out of the ordinary.
My little guy was 2 when he started wearing his bracelet. He cried and complained for about an hour before he was resigned to wearing it. I considered it a necessity, in case he was ever lost in a store or if we were in a car accident and I was incapacitated. In both of these situations some adult might think they are doing a kindness by offering my son a treat.
There are some marvelous kids' medic alert bracelets to choose from.
I wouldn't want to get a young child a necklace because of the possibility of accidental strangulation. Also, medical personel will be more likely to check for a bracelet.
Having something that "bugs" your daughter for a short time is inconsequential when compared to the dangerous life or death situation she could be in without one.

Posted on: Sun, 06/08/2003 - 12:26am
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Julie,
I got my son his medic alert when he was 3, shortly after I "lost" him for a few minutes in a children's museum. I was so afraid someone would give him a cracker or something.
My kids love getting new stuff. He was excited, looking forward to receiving the bracelet in the mail. We really played it up and he liked his bracelet immediately. We told him it doesn't come off. He is interested in other peoples' medic alert bracelets, and often notices them.
He's 7 now and still wearing it.

Posted on: Sun, 06/08/2003 - 2:27am
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My oldest was 3 (I think) when he got his first medic-alert. He's now 20 and on his third (one got lost and the second had to be replaced to add info). He never takes it off. My 17 year old still wears his, since he was 4.
My youngest is 5 and checking the mail daily, waiting for his to arrive. I showed him mine and asked if he'd like to have one. (Thinking on that, I guess I'm lucky he said yes.) We then talked about the *special* bracelet and what it means.
None of my kids are pa, their medic alerts are for other allergies, but the added bonus that hopefully a helpful stranger wouldn't offer food is worth the cost itself.

Posted on: Sun, 06/08/2003 - 1:25pm
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Thanks ya'll for the responses. I did order her the necklace. We'll see how she does with it, my husband actually told me to just order both and see which worked for us better, but i decided to wait and see. I explained to her today that her necklace was going to be a special thing that only she gets to wear to tell people she can't have peanuts, and now she wants to sit at the mailbox and wait for it to come! So that is good.Thanks for not flaming me for asking this question, when there was another thread about it! LOL I felt silly after the fact! I was just afraid that it was one of those things that they sell you on the fear and it wasn't as useful as it sounds, but that was a momentary fear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] I see now it's a respected company with a valid service. I'll be resting a little easier after she's wearing it. She got a cookie in church today (after I told her she needs to ask if anything they gave her has peanuts whenever they have treats) so she came back to me, mouth full and I swear I thought she said she got a peanut cookie. Sometimes she likes to disobey and smile, to see if she'll be in trouble. I asked her again and again, and she kept saying it was "chocate" (chocolate) not peanuts. She was trying to tell me she *asked* if it had peanuts and they said no. But I was gripped with fear the entire time. Her speech still isn't up to par, andI"m afraid she'll be misunderstood, and they'll think she *wants* peanuts!
And to the responder about my mom, you guessed it, she's not that supportive. And the allergies are the only thing we've encountered as parents that is in any way hard, and we've often wondered if we exaggerate our fears, but I don't believe we do. She makes me feel like we do. But she knows not to mess with this.
Thanks again everyone [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 06/08/2003 - 11:20pm
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I hope that your DD wears the necklace without incident, but I think you should think about getting the bracelet at some time in the future. Several people have posted here after talking to medical personnel that they are trained to look only for the bracelet, and if they don't see a bracelet they will not necessarily look further. A necklace especially could get tucked under clothing, and may not provide all the protection you want for her. I would start with the necklace and get her used to the idea, and then switch to the bracelet. My daughter has worn the bracelet since she was two, and we got the smallest size as several have mentioned here. She objected for a couple minutes, and has been fine with it since, and has never taken it off. When people ask about it she will tell them that it says she is allergic to peanuts and they make her really sick, so it has been a good teaching tool to increase her awareness of her allergy. Good luck!

Posted on: Mon, 06/09/2003 - 12:53am
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The necklace is a choking hazard on the playground, etc. I hope you'll switch to a bracelet. Have you noticed how they've taken the strings off kids' jackets and sweatshirts--it's because of kids strangling when they get caught on slides, railings, etc.
About that cookie...even if someone tells her it's a chocolate cookie, it could have peanut butter as an ingredient. Is she allowed to get her own cookies? You might want to think about enforcing a new rule: never take food from anyone but parents. You would be AMAZED at how some people can "forget" that their brownies include peanuts. Or they made a big batch of PB cookies and then they made chocolate ones, using the same cookie sheets. It's a huge risk for a PA child to take food from anyone who isn't intimately aware of the dangers of PA.
I really really hope that doesn't sound preachy or bossy. I would probably have a heart attack if my son ate a cookie that someone handed him, no matter what kind it was!
I know kids misbehave and do things they shouldn't--I can just see her mischievous little smile, my son does the same thing. But fortunately, he never fools around with anything related to PA. Somehow he just knows it's not something to laugh about.

Posted on: Fri, 06/13/2003 - 12:53am
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My son's medic-alert bracelet arrived yesterday. He was so thrilled, and wanted it put on right away.
He wouldn't let his friend watch me put it on him because "it's not allowed to come off and I don't want him to see how to take it off". He wasn't rude when he said it, just blunt.
Everything was fine until bath time. He wanted it off so it wouldn't get wet (it is [b]not[/b] the sports band). I told him, no, it [b]never[/b] comes off, water and soap won't hurt it. Then, at bed time he fussed saying it would hurt him, and wake him up, etc. I explained that taking it off at night means having to remember to put it on in the morning, so we [b]never[/b] take it off.
Fortunately, he was tired enough not to fight, and woke up bright and early, running in to my room to show me his [i]special bracelet[/i] survived the night, and it wasn't just a dream. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 06/13/2003 - 2:42am
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Hi Julie,
I love Medic Alert for the sheer peace of mind it gives us in the event of an emergency. My son is 9 and wears the *sportsband* bracelet and loves it.
Another great feature with Medic Alert is you can review/update medical or contact info on line at [url="http://www.medicalert.org"]www.medicalert.org[/url] once you receive your child's medic alert card and necklace.
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Stay Safe!
Connie

Posted on: Fri, 06/13/2003 - 12:11pm
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I just ordered my dd a medic alert bracelet. I soooo wish I had done this sooner. She is 6 and says she won't wear it. Ugh. I am worried that she will "lose" it on purpose. If she had been wearing it all along, we wouldn't be having this dilema now. She loves jewelry, but I don't think this is quite her type.

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