Medical Alert Bracelet/Jewelery

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 2:41am
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I am looking for a new Medical Alert bracelet for my dd. May I ask where you get yours from? The 1st one I had for her was wonderful..embossed lettering and easy to read even with 2 years worth of scratches on it. This 2nd one is not embossed (as I thought it was when I purchased it) and I have only had it since Aug. and already cannot read much of what it says...as if the lettering has just rubbed off. Anyway, what do you think of the cute girly/boy-like jewelry and the tags they have? I just want to make sure no one things that it is just some cute bracelet and doesnt think to look for allergy info on it. Anyway...just curious what everyone's thoughts are. Thanks!

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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 3:44am
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I believe lots of folks have different opinions on this one, but I'll offer mine.
My dd is 3 and has a medical bracelet that has a plastic band (like a watch band that is decorated - her current one has dolphins, but we also have a plain one and a blue one with white stars) and a metal slide that goes on it. So we can change bands depending on our mood [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] But, the metal slide has the medical symbol/cross on it as well as engraving of "Peanut Allergy" We decided to go with big letters and on the back it says "use epipen call 911" We got it online [url="http://www.n-styleid.com"]www.n-styleid.com[/url]
I don't know if this is the best. However, dd likes to wear it and reminds me if I forget to put it on. Plus, she likes to show it to new people. To me, that is more valuable than a strictly medical bracelet that she takes off or won't wear.
Our slide is scratched up after 6 months, but I don't think our engraving was that great. We took it to Things Remembered, the little mall store that engraves, and it wasn't very deep. I'll probably get her a new one of the same kind and have it engraved somewhere else.
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Patty
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Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) allergic to eggs?

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 5:01am
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Just wanted to say thanks for the link Patty. I was just reading the post and took a look. I have a three year old I have been trying to find a medical Id that I think she would wear and that would be comfortable. I just odered the slide and also a couple of the jelly bands. She already has a couple of the Jelly braclets because all of her older cousins were them and I think she will come closer to wearing this medical ID then any I have seen so far. I will let you all know how it goes.

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 6:04am
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Has anyone had a nurse, dr., or medical personal, teacher mistake a medical alert bracelet for a regular bracelet? That is my main worry; say I am incompacitated and someone doesnt notice her bracelet as her having a medical condition.
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 6:38am
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My personal feeling is that this isn't the type of thing that [i]is[/i] a choice, if you see what I mean... so while I initially worried about her being bothered by the bracelet, we didn't let her have any input into wearing it or not. We got her one she couldn't GET off for that reason. I mean, do you try to get your children to [i]enjoy[/i] being properly restrained in a car seat [i]they like[/i]? I don't. Not open for discussion at my house, KWIM?
Many other members on this site have also had the experience of if you put a medical bracelet on a preschooler or toddler and NEVER TAKE IT OFF, it becomes part of who they are (as they see themselves) and they don't even think about it.
I would be very worried that if putting a bracelet on was part of a routine, that eventually my daughter would forget or decide she didn't feel like doing that anymore.
So I reiterate; I didn't worry about whether or not my DD "liked" her bracelet. That isn't why she wears it. She gets to choose the color of the emblem when she gets a new one. But she literally feels naked without it on now. JMO, but I know it is shared by many parents here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Now, if after a few WEEKS of wear my daughter were still really bothered by the metal bracelet, I would consider other alternatives. But I think this is rare, and is often related to sizing.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 6:52am
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My approach was similar...this is not something optional. My son understands he has severe allergies and to keep him safe we always carry epi-pens and he always wears an allergy bracelet. He thought it was a special thing for him and wears it proudly. (I hope he will maintain control of his epi-pens as easily as he gets older.) I think he understands that it truly provides him with some protection. He started wearing one at 4 years just before entering preschool and is presently turning 9. We occasionally browse the web for new styles and I am happy to replace this one if we find an affordable alternative that he likes better. Ours is from medicalert and the ingraving is still extremely clear and easy to read.

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 7:51am
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My dd's bracelet will not get mistaken for just cute jewelry because it has a large medical cross on it. It is clear.
If I can make the bracelet something she likes rather than having to force her to wear it, why not. There is no reason to try to make this just another punishment of having pa.
I understand your stand that it isn't a choice for your child. It's not a choice for mine either, but if we can find a happy place to meet where I have her wearing a medical id bracelet AND she likes it there is no reason not to do it.
As for forgetting it - she never forgets to wear shoes - they aren't optional either. It works for us.
Kaitlinsmom - you are welcome for the link. I was really pleased with their product. Good luck!
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Patty
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Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) allergic to eggs?

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 7:59am
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I too see it as a part of dd. She Never takes hers off...sometimes the clasps comes undone and she tells me that it came off her wrist. I am ready to get her a new one, but dont know of a good company to get it from. This latest one just hasnt been what I was expecting and the clasp has come undone a few times...it has scratched easily and the wording has a "rubbed-off" look after only a few months. I dont want something that looks cute, I want something that alerts, something that will not come undone, will not look rubbed off or scratched beyond reading after only a few months. Please share where you have purchased yours as I am looking for something Much better. Thank you so much!!!
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 8:14am
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[url="http://www.medicalert.org/Home/HomeCatalog.aspx?Catalog=Standard"]http://www.medicalert.org/Home/HomeCatalog.aspx?Catalog=Standard[/url]
My DD has a bracelet from Medic Alert. The basic stainless steel one. It is her 2nd bracelet. The 1st was just from a jewelry store- but did not last long. She wears it 24/7- and choose the color emblem. I did not give her the fancy bead option, since I don't want it to be mistaken for costume jewelry- if medical personnel ever need to look for it. It's very durable. I also like that her contact info is on file w/ Medic Alert- and accessible in an emergency.

Posted on: Mon, 02/20/2006 - 11:44am
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Thank you all for the links. I really like the last link. Those are very nice and fit the purpose well.
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Tue, 02/21/2006 - 2:35am
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Yet another compelling reason to use a real MedicAlert bracelet is that most coaches, officials, etc. will not ask a child to remove one. Even if the league policy is "no jewelry." Yet another reason for it not to be "jewelry" if you see my point.
I understand wanting your child to like it, and if that happens, great, but personally, (having been through this) I think the odds of your child liking to wear a medical ID bracelet are related to it being a part of who they see themselves as, rather than being an object they like. The one thing I notice in common with other parents whose kids refuse to wear them? (And I mean older kids, like teens or tweens.) They had a policy of not wearing it continuously or only started wearing it routinely in elementary school. It could be coincidence, but several of those parents convinced me to adopt a policy of putting that bracelet on my then 14 month old and NEVER removing it. I am soooo grateful, because now my daughter really sees it as part of who she is, unlike ANTHING else she wears.
That said, as I mentioned before, she does get SOME choice about emblem style, etc. But really, I would be worried my kid would misplace it if she took it off. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] (Like her shoes... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] )
It is almost like how I see my wedding ring, if that makes sense. It isn't really "jewelry" in the same context as my favorite watch. Even though I always wear one and its been the same one for the last ten years. That watch I take off.
Hope that makes sense. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Edited to add: we're now on our third MedicAlert bracelet, and none of them have worn out or become unreadable.
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited February 21, 2006).]

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