Medic Alert Bracelets

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I've just received an ID bracelet for my dd. She is not too thrilled about the idea of wearing it and I had told her that she only had to wear it in certain situations (such as when she is in a group with lots of kids and few teachers). I didn't realize that the bracelets were made to stay on all the time. Do your children get used to them or do you allow them to come off sometimes? Please don't bash me for telling her she didn't have to wear it all the time. We are very careful about her allergy and she is very good about telling people what she needs to stay safe. She is almost 5 and we've known about her allergy since 13 months, so she has grown up always being aware and careful.

Laurie Kendall (peanuts and pecans)

On Aug 27, 2004

lauried68, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

My son, who will be 9 in December month, has been wearing his MedicAlert bracelet every day since he was 3-3/4 years old. He has been wearing his MedicAlert Epi-belt every day since he was 5-3/4 years old. I've never had a problem with him wanting to keep either item on. I've had more problems with the bracelet breaking.

Hope you can get this sorted.

As a side note, I felt badly that you thought you would automatically get bashed for your posting. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 27, 2004

My son does not have to wear it all the time. He only wears it when we go out and he is only with me. In the event that something happened to me, his bracelet would be the only thing to speak for himself.

He wears it to school along with his e-belt, but there are times he forgets the bracelet. He has the sports band, not the links or chains. Maybe your daughter would wear a necklace. It would be a little pricey, but maybe buy her a nice chain with a smaller medic alert charm and maybe add a fun, pretty little charm to it.

Sometimes I will allow him to wear it on e-belt. I figure if they see that, they will see the bracelet.

I do have to remind myself that I may not always be able to speak for him if something happens, therefore he should wear it. My ds is six and in first grade.

Renee

On Aug 27, 2004

What I LOVE about the MedicAlert Epi-belt (made by zoni) is that it has the MedicAlert symbol on it, quite large, so it's obvious the child is wearing this thing around his waist for some medical reason.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 27, 2004

Laurie, our son just turned five and got his bracelet a few weeks ago. Being a boy, he was very self conscious about wearing it, and the first day he kept asking when he could take it off. After the first day, he completely forgot about it, and he doesn't even notice it. Even his friends haven't noticed it! He's actually becoming proud of it, and he was showing it off to the pediatrician and telling him what it said on the back [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] He does wear his all the time -one of my reasons was in case, God forbid, he was ever lost, even in a mall or something, then whoever found him (police, security) would know about his allergy, and not try to offer him a cookie or something.

On Aug 27, 2004

I am an adult with a PA....and I would admit, it isn't the prettist piece of jewerly i have; however I wear it all the time because one day it may save my life! I am a female and I wear alot of the charm bracelets so for now it is kind'a stylish.Maybe just a thought for you that have girls.

On Aug 27, 2004

My dd now almost 10 has been wearing hers constantly since she was 2. The only exception we have ever made is very recent. Her cheerleading competitions where they do not allow any jewelry for saftey reasons and her team would lose points if the judges spotted it. We feel strongly about it being important since my MIL's bracelet saved her life (she is diabetic and passed out in the park when talking a walk alone).

As far as the "attractiveness" of it as jewelry, you may want to check out [url="http://www.aboutmejewlery.com"]www.aboutmejewlery.com[/url] and [url="http://www.laurenshope.com."]www.laurenshope.com.[/url] They provide options that work with an offical Medic Alert tag (so it is still clear what type of bracelet it is )that look pretty - crystals, beads etc... They also have some "boy" options too.

Edited to say that for some reasons the links to these sites don't work - but I just checked the web addresses and they are correct. Just have to retype them into your browser.

[This message has been edited by Chicago (edited August 27, 2004).]

On Aug 27, 2004

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I'm sure my dd's concern is that it isn't "pretty". She is very much into pink and sparkly and all things glittery! I'm going to check out the sites mentioned...thanks for letting me know about them. My concern with getting a bracelet that is too "pretty" is that it would be overlooked in an emergency. I'm sure we'll be able to work this out. I would certainly feel more comfortable if she can wear it without complaints. It sounds like plenty of other kids have overcome any initial reactions or objections to them. Thanks again for the input.

Laurie Kendall 9/99 (peanuts and pecans)

On Aug 29, 2004

Laurie,

I do a lot of beadwork, it's a passion of mine. I would love to make your daughter a band. If you contact me via email I can send you photos of my daughter's bands, she changes them according to her wardrobe.

When she first saw the bracelet with the stainless steel band she wasn't thrilled. Now she loves it because she gets so many compliments.

my email address is [email]feser@zoominternet.net[/email].

On Aug 30, 2004

My daughter is 3 1/2 and just got her medica allert bracelet a month ago. At first she HATED IT! Then, I took her to Wal-mart abd let her pick out two bags of the pinkest glitteriest (Is that a word) plastic beads she could find. I wove the beads through the ugly metal band using elatic string. Now, her bracelet is spotted by more people and everyone asks to see it and comments on how pretty it is. You can still clearly see that it is a medic alert bracelet.

And believe it or not this child who originally hated her bracelet now asks to have it put on in the morning. (She does not sleep with it.) Plus, she now announces to people that she has food allergies and that she is allergic to peanuts! I LOVE IT! She and I both have food "allergies" and she hears me discuss the allergies with servers everywhere we go. She is learning fast how to talk about her food allergies to people.

On Aug 30, 2004

My son is now 4 1/2 and he's been wearing his Medic Alert bracelet over a year now. I got it for him when he started preschool. I had no idea how to get him interested in it but I saw that Dora the Explorer wears a bracelet and he loves to watch Dora so I pointed that out. We never take the bracelet off so we never have to argue about when it goes on. It's become a part of him now - I can understand that a girl might want something more pretty. My son loves the snake on the bracelet! Good luck.

On Aug 31, 2004

My son who is now 9 has been wearing his since age 3. He wears it around the clock through sleep, activity, swimming, bathing, baseball, soccer, hockey. At times sports association agents / referees have challenged us on the bracelet and/or the epi-belt he also wears as many rules say no "jewellry". We point out that it is not jewellry and that all Medic Alert bracelets are designed to break away and come off if caught in any pressure. My son wears his epi-belt whenever he is outside our home including in our yard. It took awhile for him to adapt to but our approach has always been to begin as we want him to continue and this habit is an important one that we wanted instilled well before the challenging times of teenage angst. We are lucky because he did adapt and now can't envision any other approach.

On Aug 31, 2004

My son started wearing his at 4 years old and what worked is that I got one too (allergic to bees and PCN) and now we have matching bracelets.

Schnook

On Aug 31, 2004

Caitlin's 4 1/2 and does NOT have one.. yet.

Jason

On Aug 31, 2004

Mine only comes off when I'm colouring my hair. (did I say that out loud [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] )

My oldest son (21) never takes his off.

Next son (19) never wears his.

Youngest (6) never takes his off.

Only the 19 year old objected when I first got it for him, the other two had no objections.

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Chicago, I do understand allowing your daughter to remove her bracelet during the cheerleading competition, however, you might want to consider approaching people running it to allow them to be worn. If the judges are informed in advance it should not cost any points.

When my boys were playing baseball there was a *no jewelry* rule, and the first year they said medic-alerts had to be removed. The next year they said medic-alerts had to be taped down. (that's really stupid IMO) I refused to allow that - I'd rather remove it.

Finally, they agreed the risk of injury from a medic-alert bracelet was much lower than the risk of injury from not having it on - and now they allow it.

If ever you are not AT the competition, you may want her to be able to wear it.

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