Medic Alert for nut allergy?

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Someone suggested I get a medic alert bracelet for my son. Do you guys really think this is necessary?

Just wondering whether anyone with a nut allergy has ever actually found medic alert useful.

Thanks for any advice. Shannon

ds 4-yr-old, ana to tree nuts, coconut

On Sep 19, 2007

Personally I am a big believer in the medic alert system. It is a symbol recognised by EMTs in many countries and they can look at the bracelet to see what your child is allergic to, and then call the number on the medallion to get any other info like who to contact, other medical probs, what medications your child uses, etc. I got my son a bracelet when he was 2 and now it is like it is a part of him, he doesn't notice it at all, and it can speak for him and for me if we are unable to communicate, i.e. after a car accident. It has always given me great peace of mind. If you look on the medic alert website, they have some pretty cool, kid-friendly styles.

I know I sound like I'm getting kick-back payments from them for plugging their product, but I really do think it's a great system!

good luck, Jen

On Sep 19, 2007

I meant to also say that it gave me peace of mind regarding other less life threatening circumstances (than car accidents) like if my ds were to get lost in a mall or something like that. The info on the bracelet could help communicate his allergy to security people/shopkeepers, etc., who of course tend to try to give food to distressed, lost children!

On Sep 19, 2007

I read your intro story, and I would definately say get one! My son started wearing his at 4 for school. I wish I had gotten it sooner because as the poster said above car accidents, getting lost at a mall, school etc. Maybe someone would read it and think twice about feeding him. Or if there was a reaction, medical personnel or even a lay person could read it and understand what was going on if you or your husband were not present. And on another note, my son happily came home from school announcing his classmate had a medical alert bracelet too...he found someone else with a peanut allergy!

DS - PA, TNA, EA, EA, SA ShA

On Sep 19, 2007

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Originally posted by mamakasper: [b]Someone suggested I get a medic alert bracelet for my son. Do you guys really think this is necessary?

Just wondering whether anyone with a nut allergy has ever actually found medic alert useful.

Thanks for any advice. Shannon

ds 4-yr-old, ana to tree nuts, coconut[/b]

This is a personal comfort zone decision. A Medic Alert bracelet is optional. Personally, my DD (11) wears one 24/7, and started when she was 7 and began to spend time away from me. I view Medic Alert as insurance (that I hope does not get used, but will be glad it is there IF the need arises). DD could one day be by herself and something COULD happen and the bracelet will aid those around her in helping her.

It is an expense that I feel is worth it and she knows why she needs to wear it 24/7.

You can search the board- there are many medical bracelet threads and companies to choose from other then Medic Alert.

On Sep 19, 2007

Quote:

Originally posted by mamakasper: [b]Someone suggested I get a medic alert bracelet for my son. Do you guys really think this is necessary?

Just wondering whether anyone with a nut allergy has ever actually found medic alert useful.

Thanks for any advice. Shannon

ds 4-yr-old, ana to tree nuts, coconut[/b]

This is a personal comfort zone decision. A Medic Alert bracelet is optional. Personally, my DD (11) wears one 24/7, and started when she was 7 and began to spend time away from me. I view Medic Alert as insurance (that I hope does not get used, but will be glad it is there IF the need arises). DD could one day be by herself and something COULD happen and the bracelet will aid those around her in helping her.

It is an expense that I feel is worth it and she knows why she needs to wear it 24/7.

You can search the board- there are many medical bracelet threads and companies to choose from other then Medic Alert.

On Sep 19, 2007

My son has one. It also is a reminder and validation of your allergy and the seriousness of it....

On Sep 19, 2007

My son started wearing one at around 18 mos. Our allergist told us to get one and gave us the brochure as we left the office. It has not come off yet and he is almost 6. I have to say, every time we go to the pediatrician's office the nurse's comment on it and say that it's a good thing he wears one. Now that he is in kindergarten the school nurse was happy as well.

LJ

On Sep 20, 2007

After having an anaphylactic reaction and learning that peanuts were the culprit, a medical ID bracelet was the first thing I purchased.

My personal feeling is that anyone who has had an anaphylactic reaction, like your son's, needs to wear a bracelet and carry epipens. Most people do not know about food allergies, and often do not know what to look for when someone is having a reaction. A bracelet will identify the cause and can include direction for treatment (with wording such as - Use EpiPen). This can be crucial when it may take time for an ambulance to arrive and begin emergency treatment.

I also agree that it is a reminder to others about the allergy and how serious it can be. Since I have had my bracelet, I have had many people ask me about it. This has given me an opportunity to tell them what I am allergic to, what happens when I eat it, and what has to be done if I do. It not only educates them about food allergies, but it also makes them a part of my safety net and reminds them to help keep me safe.

------------------ Adult onset Peanut (ana) & Soy Allergies (non-ana, but progressing).

On Sep 20, 2007

Just got ALL 4 of my kids one....IMHO worth it, every penny!!

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------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma) Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, all seeds(sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut, green beans/all beans, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE) Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

On Sep 20, 2007

my dd has one and has been wearing hers for the last 7 yrs. what validated me being glad i purchased one? was when we where watching the town fre trucks clean thier hoses and pump water at a local pond.. a fireman came over and started talking with dd about the fire trucks and such and the first thing out of his mouth was.. wow thats a nice bracelet you have what are you allergic to? confirmed that it was the right choice to purchase one.he noticed it right away..well worth the choice to get one.

------------------ in loving memory of the edit button may you rest in peace..9.11.07..sniffle

On Sep 20, 2007

I just was informed by treysmom that medi alert was out there . I must say that after much research today I am so going to get this for my DD. I was very pleased with not only the info provided by medi alert but as well as all the police stations and EMT's that I called today that this made my mind up. Call your local police and ask them about it. It does cost a fee but I think it is worth every penny!!!!

On Sep 20, 2007

Chanda-Your kids should be in an add for Medic Alert (and maybe discount for you, I would hope [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]). I love the picture of all 3 hands together. Get the baby to put her hand in and send the photo to Medic Alert!

On Sep 21, 2007

I think it gives my kids a voice. They're pretty shy at 5 and 3, and if someone asks them about it, they can talk about their allergies. If they're uncomfortable, they can always show it to others. I think I got them more for them than for others.

I bought the sports bands, which I was a little nervous about. But I think they're more comfortable for them.

On Sep 24, 2007

YES!!!!!! Get one! If anything ever happened and your child could not communicate, his/her bracelet has an ID# on it that links to his/her profile that has every single bit of info that emergency personnel will need. I truly believe in this network and have spoken to many other older people who have them for other non allergic reasons and they SWEAR by them... could be a lifesaver! I would do it even if it cost more but its really not a lot of money... especially when you think of the little bit of peace of mind it can give a mom... God knows we do not get much peace but this makes a difference to me! I know for a fact that if a person has a medicalert bracelet on, EMTs go straight to it. They KNOW that it has stuff they need to know... also other people in every day life notice it and will read it out of curiosity so it makes them aware...

On Oct 8, 2007

Definitely worth it. I just got my 4 yr old one this year since he started preschool. I think there are several situations where having the medic-alert could really come in handy (if he ever got lost and someone offered him a cookie etc, if we were in an accident and I couldn't alert the EMTs of his allergies, etc)

On Jan 2, 2008

Hi! I just bought a little stainless steel bracelet for my son who just turned 5. I got it off of ebay for $10.99 and free shipping. It is engraved with his name, his allergy, emergency number, and says, "carries epipen". We have had some issues with his preschool, so I'm hoping that this will serve as a reminder to them. Although my hubby thinks it's a bit overreactive, he supports my decision to buy it. I say better safe than sorry!

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