medic alert braclets

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 2:24am
dit's picture
Joined: 03/19/2000 - 09:00

I tried to search , becuase I know I saw this before...My son PA egg allergic is almost 3. I haven't purchased a medica alert bracelet because he's only with me or in day care (and they all know him and our emergency plan) plus I thought he's whine and pull it off. Any way, yesterday his class mingled with the older kids and the center put yellow bracelets with red lettering on the children with food allergies...My son was so proud, he showed EVERYONE we saw that evening and said"eggs and peanuts" not okay for Alex!! I'm not sure what it means to him but HEY, I'm thinking now is a good time to purchase one. Does anyone already have one? I LOVE this 3 year old stage, he's riot. He also told everyone who would listen that beans were okay for Alex and make his daddy toot! I guess I need to watch what I say!!

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 2:45am
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Dit, I didn't get my son's MedicAlert bracelet until he was starting school last September because, like you, he was always with me. He would have been 3-3/4 years old when he got it and we explained what it was, etc. and that he can never take it off and whatever and I've had to problems with him whatsoever with it. The only mistake I made, and I'm not clear if it is a serious one or not, only realized it after reading on this site; rather than putting "anaphylactic" on it (which he is), I put "severe peanut allergy". I also put that he carries an epipen. The next time he gets one, I'll make sure to change the engraving on the back to read "anaphylactic". So, if your son is, make sure to have that put on and also if he carries an epipen have that put on too. I've found them wonderful to deal with over the past year almost now. You can phone and update whenever there are medication changes, etc. and you get an updated wallet card. I always photocopy this and give it to my son's teacher. I know there is another thread on here too about it, but sometimes it's so hard to find what you know you've read! Best wishes. Oh, also, if you watch the nonutsfor animated cartoon on the monitor with your little guy, he'll see Noah describe his bracelet and how he never takes it off and why. My son was really pleased with that part.

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 8:05am
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Joined: 12/06/2002 - 09:00

Something to consider about the word "anaphylaxis": non-medical people may not know what that word means. I worry about my son getting lost or otherwise separated from me (ie in an accident) and some well-meaning person offering him a cookie. I think most people know what "allergy" means, but there are surely people who DON't know what "anaphlaxis" means. And if he were having an allergic reaction, I would hope that an EMT would recognize his as allergic ones symptoms, without a bracelet specifically stating "anaphylaxis." Nancy

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 10:00am
issa's picture
Joined: 04/24/2000 - 09:00

Hi Dit just want to share with you our experience with the bracelet. I ordered one in the spring for my then 31/2year old son. Let me tell you, it has not come off since. Every one he meets he shows it to them and is very proud of it still. It is very durable and I have no worries as to him yanking it off. One factor of having the bracelet that I didn't expect is that people take his allergy much more serious. Even relatives are much more supportive in keeping him safe. It has just been wonderful. I hope you have as much success as we have!

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 12:21pm
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Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

I got the medic alert bracelet for my pa son when he was not quite 2--I think maybe 21 or 22 months. Anyway, I slipped it on him when he was taking a nap. I knew exactly when he woke up because I heard, "Mooooommmmmyyyyy! There's something on my arm and it won't come off!!!" I'll never forget it. I just explained to him that it was for his peanut allergy. He loves to show it to people and tells them exactly what it says on the back. He just turned 3 and for the first time since he's been wearing it, he asked my husband tonight when his bracelet would come off. I think he's just at that stage where he's asking a lot of questions like why people die and why people have to be in the hospital and EXACTLY how does a baby come out of a mommy's tummy. I think he's seen too many episodes of General Hospital! Anyway, I think medic alert bracelets are a great idea "just in case" he ever is separated from me for any reason. Deanna

Posted on: Wed, 07/12/2000 - 12:58pm
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Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

I got my daughter's bracelet as soon as she was diagnosed with PA - about a year and a half ago. Rather than anaphylaxis, I chose to engrave "Life threatening peanut allergy - needs epipen". I just thought it would be easier for people who have never heard of anaphylaxis!
By the way, my daughter has never had a problem with her bracelet, but ALWAYS notices when she sees someone else with one. She is in a summer day camp now and loves her bracelet because she is the only kid allowed to wear jewellry!
Take care

Posted on: Fri, 07/14/2000 - 10:01am
Diane's picture
Joined: 12/15/1999 - 09:00

dit: First of all I have to agree that this is the best age! I was laughing about the *toot* comment. They come up with some real winners!
I got the velcro bands for my 3 yr old but she didn't like to wear them. I got 2 different colors. I think they measured too small. I then ordered the medic alert bracelet and at first she didn't like it but now she doesn't even mention it. A friend of mine is diabetic and wears one and I had asked her ahead of time to show my daughter her bracelet and my daughter was so excited to show my friend that she had one too.
She also got a thrill out of the little boy in the video with a bracelet like hers. And yes...I notice that it really does help validate the severity of the allergy.
I had inscribed on it "severely allergic to peanuts; carries epi-pen". I would imagine that the younger they are when they get one the easier it would be to get them used to it.
*Although I measured the Allerbands too small, the colors are bright and stand out more than the medic alert bracelets. They are attached to her little backpack that that she carries with her everywhere. Since they are velcro they can come off and an be put on another bag easily. One is purple with white writing and the other is bright pink with black writing. They're inscribed with "Peanut Allergy". And you can spot them a mile away!
[This message has been edited by Diane (edited July 25, 2000).]

Posted on: Sat, 07/15/2000 - 2:15am
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Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

I didn't get my daughter's medic alert bracelet until last year when she started preschool (she was 4 then) as she was always with me. I did have to take out a few links, but I went to a jeweler who did it for nothing and then gave me back the extras and said to come back when she grew so he could put some back. We spent $5 extra and got a two-tone (gold,silver) one. She wears it 24/7. Although, with this summer heat, I would love to take it off her just when she's sleeping as she wakes up with an indentation on her arm, but I've tried, and all I got was broken fingernails!
She is very proud of it (she calls it her 'special bracelet' and when she went for her Kindergarten screening last month, the teacher came and told me she was glad she had one as it will always remind her about her allergy.
Her bracelet is engraved "Allergic to Peanuts, All nuts, Carries EpiPen and Benadryl". I'm wondering now if this is sufficient, alerting medical personnel that it is 'life-threatening' and not just a rash-type allergy. The operator at Medic Alert said "that's what EpiPen means, and anaphylactic was too many letters." Maybe just the fact that she is wearing one is enough. Just a thought, annother word for anaphylaxis that non-medical people would understand might be 'life threatening'.

Posted on: Sun, 07/16/2000 - 7:48am
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Joined: 03/03/2000 - 09:00

I got my son his when i found out he is PA. It states something like allergic to peanuts and bi-products carries epi-pen. we had to take it to the jeweler to have links removed as well. he is now 19 months and has had it for about 4-5 months. at times it is a good conversation starter which gives me the opportunity to educate people. he too is normally only with us or daycare..but i feel better getting it. i think it also validates the allergy for some people.. if it is serious enough for a bracelet type thing. he hated it at first but i think it ok with it now, sometimes he still tries to bite it off!!

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2000 - 6:10am
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Joined: 07/07/2000 - 09:00

Have any of you had a problem with lost bracelets? My son has lost his and he had it only for a few months. My sister inlaws daughter has lost hers. Did you do anything to reenforce it? We welded the bigger rings but that obviously did not help.
I know have opted for the sport bracelet. Does anyone else have one and does it wear better then the regular bracelet?. We have not received it yet.
My son's is engraved, allergic to nut products, has epi-pen and benadryl.

Posted on: Mon, 07/17/2000 - 10:29pm
dit's picture
Joined: 03/19/2000 - 09:00

Thanks so much for everyone's input. He tried to pull off the yellow bracelet to put in on Barney and got it stuck and freaked out. But I do believe it is time to get one. Thanks again.


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