Medical Alert Bracelet/Jewelery

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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!

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

On Feb 20, 2006

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.

------------------ Patty mom to Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees Julia (9/04) allergic to eggs?

On Feb 20, 2006

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.

On Feb 20, 2006

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.

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

On Feb 20, 2006

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]

On Feb 20, 2006

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.

On Feb 20, 2006

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!

------------------ Patty mom to Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees Julia (9/04) allergic to eggs?

On Feb 20, 2006

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!!!

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

On Feb 20, 2006

[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.

On Feb 20, 2006

Thank you all for the links. I really like the last link. Those are very nice and fit the purpose well.

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

On Feb 21, 2006

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).]

On Feb 21, 2006

Corvallis Mom, May I ask where you get yours from? I really need to get a better quality bracelet. Thanks so much!

On Feb 21, 2006

My son's is Medic Alert. He has several in different colors. The medic alert people are fantastic...they are good at helping you decide what to put on the engraving, i think paramedics are most familiar with these bracelets.

On Feb 21, 2006

I am a big Medic Alert fan and certainly agree with getting the "real" bracelet. However, I wanted to add a note to Corvallis Mom's comment.

Since DD has become older and entering into team sports and organized competitions, DD has always been required to remove her standard stainless steel MedicAlert bracelet for cheerleading competitions, bb games and even cross country running meets. The alerternative is that they would tape the bracelet to her arm with thick clear tape, but completly covering any metal edges. I did inquire and was told that even the Medic Alert velco bands would still be taped, since the tag is still metal.

All of the coaches have let her wear the bracelet during regular practices, although I remember a few a needed to call.

Since I am normally at the meets/contests I take it off, but dd knows that if I can't make it they have my OK to tape it down.

An extra comment, she does have two "pretty" medic alert bracelets where we have purchased the bands from a site like Laurens Hope and used an outgrown medic alert charm. However, those are on jewlery wire and are not supposed to even get wet! I can't imagine anyone wearing one for sports or even as a small child. So IMHO they are just a dress up alternative, which is great for when they get old and just want something special.

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On Feb 21, 2006

Yes, I knew about the taping thing. This is what we have done when it was a problem. (Our policy is that it just doesn't come off.)

We have always used the official MedicAlert website to order our bracelets. We tried putting a cute charm on one of the connecting links once-- and the charm was TOTALLY destroyed in about four months. Made total believers out of us as far as there being no durable substitute for the real thing. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Good to know about the wired beaded ones... my daughter swims, so this [i]really[/i] wouldn't be suitable for her.

On Feb 21, 2006

I see that MedicAlert engraves on the back...does anyone know if they will do a front engraving? I just like the info on the front and easily accessable. Thanks so much Everyone!!!

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

On Feb 22, 2006

This might be a dumb question, but I had really never considered getting a medical bracelet for my dd. She just got diagnosed and is 13 months old. She has never reacted to peanuts so I'm not sure what kind of reaction she would have. She was diagnosed because she had reacted to dairy & that led us to the allergist. Do you all think I should get one? I am so new to all of this!

On Feb 22, 2006

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Originally posted by TeddyAlly: [b]I see that MedicAlert engraves on the back...does anyone know if they will do a front engraving? I just like the info on the front and easily accessable.

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Well, with the MedicAlert bracelets this isn't possible... the emblem takes up much of the front of the tag... but it also isn't a problem, since the bracelets are designed with that special shape in part so that they can lie fairly close to the skin but [i]still be easy to flip over for reading[/i] when necessary. The engraving on them is very very durable, and I suspect it is in part because it doesn't tend to take so much abuse due to the shape of the emblem being slightly concave. It sits against the skin and doesn't get abraded constantly like some other designs.

On Feb 22, 2006

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Originally posted by cgroth: [b]Do you all think I should get one? I am so new to all of this![/b]

Yes, we gave my dd her Medic Alert bracelet at her 2nd birthday. She hasn't taken it off since, except to get a larger band. Since she got it so young, she just accepts it as a part of life. It was also a great learning tool b/c she was so excited when she got it, she'd show people and we'd talk through what it meant "no nuts for me!"

On Feb 23, 2006

Well, we have known about ds's PA since he was a toddler because of reactions. However, we didn't get him a bracelet until a couple of months ago. He is now 5. He resisted at first, when I showed him pictures on the computer, but I had steeled myself. When it arrived, he still resisted a little but let me put it on. He wanted it off a few times over the first couple of days, but I kept telling him no. He wears it 24/7. It is a sportband type from American Medical ID. He knows it is on to stay and doesn't complain about it. I do wish I had started him wearing it when he was younger, but I wasn't as informed then as I am now. I feel better now that he has it.

------------------ Jamie - mom to: dd(13) - NKA; ds(10) - asthma, enviromental allergies; ds(5) - PA/TNA/EA/Soy; enviromental allergies, slight asthma?

On Feb 24, 2006

I had the same problems with my DD's first medical alert bracelet. It was sterling silver and very cute with an engraved dog on the front and the allergy info on the back. Most of the info had worn off by the end of the school year. This year I got a standard bracelet but, it was too large (the id part) for her small hand. So, I bought another. I found a nice bracelet at [url="http://www.hahoriginals.com"]www.hahoriginals.com[/url] It has the medical symbol and allergy info on the front and her personal info on the back. The info plate is made of stainless steel but, the bracelet is sterling so it looks nice and she's more that willing to wear it. I'm hoping it lasts longer than the first one.

[This message has been edited by Cindy2 (edited February 25, 2006).]

On Feb 25, 2006

that above link doesn't work for me even when I take out that last period, could you check it?

Thanks, susan

On Feb 25, 2006

I volunteered for ten years as an ALS medic with my local fire department/ambulance.

I don't think I would have thought to check any jewelery that didn't look like a utilitarian medic-alert bracelet or necklace. I would have assumed it was just a piece of jewelery. I wear the basic medic-alert bracelet for this reason...and I never wear any other jewelery on that wrist.

Just my thoughts on the subject....

On Feb 25, 2006

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Originally posted by pixiegirl: [b]that above link doesn't work for me even when I take out that last period, could you check it?

Thanks, susan[/b]

Susan, Sorry, as you can see I'm new to this. It should be [url="http://www.hahoriginals.com."]www.hahoriginals.com.[/url] I think it's an official looking bracelet. Check it out. I'll try to fix my original post.

------------------ Cindy Mom to: Stephanie (12) Jessica PA/TNA (9)

On Feb 27, 2006

I got my daughters medical bracelet from Laurenshope.com. Lauren is a teenager with allergies and was tired of wearing the plain bracelet so she decided to design her own. They have jewelry bracelets but the medical alert part of the bracelet is large and clear. The helped me pick an appropriate bracelet for my 3 year old daughter and made a special sized band for her small wrist. They also helped guide me with the language to include given her age. I will say it is a challenge to get her to wear it (she can slip it off even though it is tiny) but at some point in time it will not be a choice.

On Feb 28, 2006

I've decided to get my DS a bracelet where I can engrave both sides. I like being able to have so much info. on there.

I know a lot of people love MedicAlert or American Medical ID. However, I do not want the bracelet to have an 800# to call for further info. I'm worried people will call the # instead of doing the more important steps first. Also, like someone else mentioned, I view it as essential to have "Call 911" on the bracelet, and someone said that MedicAlert won't do that. I don't want to waste any valuable time having MedicAlert give out some details, then having 911 called.

On Feb 28, 2006

My son was diagnosed at 5 months and we got a MedicAlert bracelet for him before he turned 1. We wanted him to be used to it and not have the option of not wearing it. I wondered if it was silly since he was always with us, but felt it was important. As a "worst case scenario" thinker, I know the bracelet will speak for me if I, or another caregiver, become incapacitated and cannot communicate my son's needs. Also, because he has an allergy to latex in addition to foods, I did not want EMS personnel treating him with latex equipment in the event of an emergency.

The bracelet serves as a visual reminder to friends and family to not give him food before checking with us, and, finally, it provides an opportunity to educate and inform people we meet if they notice it and ask. He's only 3 now, and realize other issues will come up as he grows, but for now he never is without it.

Anne

On Feb 28, 2006

Check out [url="http://www.Juneabee.com."]www.Juneabee.com.[/url] I have worn one of their bracelets 24/7 for several months now and it has proven itself to be very sturdy. The medical alert emblem is very prominent but is on an Italian style bracelet.

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