Medical Alert Bracelets

Posted on: Thu, 06/22/2006 - 1:28pm
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Hi Everyone. I am a new to this sight and it is GREAT! My grandson is 2 1/2 and has peanut and egg allergies. He needs to get a medic bracelet and my daughter is not sure whether to include his name and phone # on it. Thanks for help

Posted on: Thu, 06/22/2006 - 1:43pm
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I'm not sure there is room for the name and phone number. Medic Alert gives you a unique number which is engraved along with the medical (allergy) information.
In an emergency, the medical personnel would call Medic Alert and give the unique number to gain access to the records (Anyone know if medical personnel really does CALL Medic Alert?)
Also, I am wondering if most of you with children with food allergies are having their kids wear bracelets? My 6yo and 4.5yo DO wear them, but the allergist actually believes it is unnecessary (he is not the one sending the kids to birthday parties though! and what about a car accident?)

Posted on: Thu, 06/22/2006 - 1:58pm
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Maybe I don't mean a medical alert bracelet, but just a medical bracelet where it does have space for the child's name & phone #. Put it on there or not? With his age he is always with an adult, but my daughter wants him to get use to wearing it and if (eeekkk's) he would get lost. We are planning a trip to Disney in the fall and want to be completely prepared. One thing that my daughter always insists on when he is in his carseat is that the epi pens has a laminated card giving his medical information tucked into the case and attached to his carseat in case of being in a car accident.
Thanks

Posted on: Thu, 06/22/2006 - 9:49pm
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My daughter is 2.5 and PA. Her medical bracelet isn't the official "medic-alert" we bought it online from [url="http://www.oneida-medical-jewelry.com/"]http://www.oneida-medical-jewelry.com/[/url]
It was I think $20, and if we need a replacement it half off. It has the medical emblem on it.
on front:
Sophia Last name
allergic to
peanuts
ICE info over
on back:
Rob & Stephanie
last name
my cell #
husbands cell #
(ICE means in case of emergency)
We really debated about phone #s, but since its a cell number not a home phone number- a weirdo can't really get our address from it. Of course it has our names on it- so they could there. oh, well. but we figured that her odds of having a reaction or us being in a car accident or something like that are probably much higher than a kidnapping. (which I don't know if that's a good thing)
I put it on her when she was sleeping, and we NEVER take it off. People tend to take her allergy more serious when they see the bracelet.
Hope this helps.
[This message has been edited by stephi13339 (edited June 23, 2006).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/22/2006 - 11:12pm
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My son (4 years old) has a medic alert bracelet. There is a telephone number and ID number on there so they could call and identify the child and get the emergency contact information.
He just started wearing it this fall. He is never alone with anyone but daycare, my husband or I or his normal babysitter-all obviously aware of his allergy. My concern was if we got into a car accident or he got lost at a mall or something that some kind person might try to feed him and feed him the wrong thing.
He is not bothered with wearing it at all. He proudly shows it off. I have even heard a boy at his daycare telling his mother he wanted a bracelet like his.

Posted on: Thu, 06/22/2006 - 11:14pm
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You think the way we do. You have to be so careful how much info you put out there. It is frightening. But I agree with putting the info on the bracelet. Good idea about putting the bracelet on at night and we need all the attention we can get to the seriousness of the allergy that we are "constantly" trying to make people understand. My daughter was just commenting on that the other day.
Thanks again for you help!

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 12:28am
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[url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/007323.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/007323.html[/url]
Welcome to the board! There are alot of discussion regarding bracelets on the board. The above is an informative link w/ bracelets sites and info of what people do. I think if you go through the trouble of getting a medical bracelet, it should be worn 24/7. There are many online places to order and they are even available in stores. I found the original [url="http://www.medicalert.org/Home/HomeEmblemCatalogs.aspx"]http://www.medicalert.org/Home/HomeEmblemCatalogs.aspx[/url] very durable. It lasted longer than the other medical bracelet my daughter had. Make sure it has a secure clasp, he'll get sued to wearing it in no time! Regarding the question of whether emergency personal actually call Medic Alert, I think they must, if it is a situation where no one is available to give them information on the patient. Many on this board are parents of children, so I'm sure there is a responsible person (person awareof the allergy) w/ the PA person the majority of the time. Disney is a fun place- have a great trip!

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 1:11am
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Whenever bracelets come up, my only thought goes to: Medic Alert. Why? Because it was told to me to get THAT one... and I did.
They are THE company, kwim? No. Not a monopoly, I guess, but #1. Period.
Jason
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Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 2:56am
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We have medic alert! It is like an "insurance" to us & also we feel it is safe for his identity also! We have the sports band with the flags...we have a neon orange one too! What I love about medic alert is you can list all daily meds & dosages on their profile...also,many contact numbers, doctors, and allergies to EVERYTHING. We did our on the internet & it was very simple to do!!! It works for our family!!!
Take care,
mandi
Here is Aidan's bracelet!
[img]http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a323/MLMB77/AIDANBRACELET.jpg[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 4:59am
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The main reason my DD has a medic alert is in case of an accident - and I did consider the information on the car seat, but after they take the child out of the car seat I still want them to be very aware of her allergy. (I know they often take the car seat out of the car rather than the child out of the seat, but eventually they'll take them out of the seat). That's just one thing to consider. They definately won't miss the medic alert.
As far as getting lost, if you do get a REAL medic alert, if he did get lost I'm sure they would call the # and find out his name. I suppose you could get a non-medic alert bracelet and put the name and number on it, but if you are doing it for both allergy and safety reasons my personal opinion is going for the real medic alert.
A bonus with the medic alert is that people seem to take the allergy much more seriously!

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 5:09am
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My DH gave me a gold Medic Alert for christmas a couple of years ago. Very beautiful piece of jewelry, but it is a comfort to me that if I'm ever in a wreck 1) they will know about my allergies and 2) they will be able to identify me and call my DH or other emergency contacts.
There are some very reasonably priced bracelets on the Med-Alert website. And a reasonable annual fee. Easily recognizable by emergency personnel.
If I only had one or two allergies, this might not be as much of a concern, but as I have MFA and several drug sensitivities, it's better for me. The hospital gets a quick fax if they call Medic-Alert, with my whole medical history.
And welcome to another concerned and loving grandparent!
Daisy

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