medic alert bracelet

Posted on: Sat, 05/22/2004 - 2:29pm
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

I have so many question racing through my head at all times. But right now my question is does my son need a medic alert bracelet. His most severe reaction to milk or peanuts to date is hives and swelling covering his face. They went away with benedryl. He has tested with a class 1 to peanut, banana, soy, and egg white and class 2 to milk on the RAST.

Posted on: Sat, 05/22/2004 - 8:21pm
k9ruby's picture
Joined: 03/25/2004 - 09:00

Any reaction with peanut/treenut involved has the potentianal to be Anaphylatic, so yes I would get him a medic-alert!

Posted on: Sun, 05/23/2004 - 9:45am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

lalow, If you buy it and he never needs it, its no big deal. However if you don't buy it and he needs it, it could be a big deal. One that you will have to live with.
Another reason to buy one now is to get him used to wearing it, just in case he does begin to react ana. My son started wearing it at 5 and hasn't taken it off and doesnt even notice it.
Id get one if I were you. HOw old is he? Also, I am ana. allergic to bananas and you have to be careful of a cross reaction to latex.

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 7:12am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

On DD's bracelet
"Asthma Allergic to penicillin, peanuts, treenuts"
More info is on file at medic alert for emergency personal.
The assumption is that in an emergency situation 911 is called.

Posted on: Thu, 03/02/2006 - 3:25pm
CDMom's picture
Joined: 12/30/2005 - 09:00

After much deliberation, here is what I settled on:
We got DS's from American Medical ID. It is a sportband but would be too big for a baby. However, it seems I read in the archives here that you could take it to a shoe repair place and have them shorten that kind of strap.
I know MedicAlert has similar bands to choose from.
Jamie - mom to: dd(13) - NKA; ds(10) - asthma, enviromental allergies; ds(5) - PA/TNA/EA/Soy; enviromental allergies, slight asthma?

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2006 - 4:18am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I didn't get a choice about what goes on her medical bracelet in terms of wording. They just ask for her medical conditions and they put their standard terms on (Medic Alert Canada). They said they will list the allergies and state 'carries epipen'. They don't distinguish between life-threatening or less severe allergies. At least that was their policy two weeks ago when I ordered it.
As for putting other allergies on - I don't see the harm! I figure better safe than sorry. You never know when an allergy can worsen. It's only going to be read in an emergency anyway.
The only thing I would consider about the fabric bracelets is that they seem to all be velcro or put on like a watch. Both would be taken off in a microsecond by my daughter, so we went with the metal band.

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2006 - 4:41am
lmw's picture
Joined: 11/12/2005 - 09:00

Recently ordered DD a new Medic Alert (Canada) bracelet. My phone rep. questioned me whether DD was 'allergic' to or 'anaphylactic' to nuts. I finally agreed to 'allergic', as she's never had a serious reaction, but I did wonder if it really mattered.

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2006 - 6:10am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We put as much as we could fit. If it's medicalert, they have other relevant information on file at the call center as well. My son's says: ALLERGIC TO LATEX, MILK, WHEAT, PEANUTS AND EGGS.
(No extra charge to fill the space, figured I was getting my money's worth!)

Posted on: Fri, 03/03/2006 - 6:59am
SallyL's picture
Joined: 02/20/2006 - 09:00

I guess Medic Alert's policy depends on who you talk to then! Maybe I should have tried to talk to a third person! [img][/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 2:15am
CatSchmidt's picture
Joined: 12/10/2004 - 09:00

My DD says "Allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame products."
After speaking to MedicAlert (US) we decided on saying "allergic to" as opposed to "anaphylactic too" because at this moment, she has never had an allergic reaction to date AND because with those type of allergies, it would certainly we understood by emergency personnel that the potential could be there.
If that information ever changes, it's only $8.00 for a new, updated bracelet!

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 3:02am
smudgesgarden's picture
Joined: 02/26/2006 - 09:00

my sons bracelet says anaphalic (spelling ?) to peanuts, dary, allergic to strawberries, blueberries, ammoxacillian, cefzil and bioxin..
we also have the chain for the bracelet, i think the cloth band would get dirty to fast and it would hold moisture against the skin.
just my 2cents


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