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.
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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!!!
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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

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 5:57am
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Quote:Originally posted by TwokidsNJ:
[b]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?)[/b]
I see you are from NJ, as I am - I wonder if we have the same allergist, because I recently posted here about how my son's allergist said (in front of him, no less) that he thought the bracelet was uneccessary. I was so upset that I am probably going to change doctors now.
And ITA with you about, God forbid, an accident - or any emergency situation. EMTs DO look for Medic Alert bracelets. My 6 year old has worn his for almost three years no, it's never been off his wrist. The nurses at his school also strongly approved of him wearing it.

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:35am
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Hi mcsmom in NJ,
TWO of our allergists said the medic alert bracelet was "unnecessary" ... one is based in Cranford (I think) with another location at St. Barnabas in Livingston; the other is in Summit. Same location for you?
I agree with those that said that other people take the allergy much more seriously when the kids are wearing a bracelet. It also helps the teachers remember etc. My older DS is going to public K next year with a teacher that often gets subs (she is about to retire) and I want the subs to see his bracelet and be consious of his allergy. Plus it helps with the other moms.
My kids don't mind the bracelets and if they get self conscious of the stainless steel Medic Alert one, we might switch to the sports band (but I think the kids can take those off, which makes it harder to ensure they always wear it).

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:27am
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DD got her first MedicAlert bracelet at age 8,(for TNA) and wore it through elementary school.
After she hit high school, she started taking it off - or 'losing' it.
This winter, at 19, she was diagnosed as PA, as well as having couple of minor but progressively worse reactions to peanuts and other TNs.
I told her it was time for a new MedicAlert bracelet, and she convinced me that she would wear a gold one, but not the stainless.
I agreed to buy it, but she was to WEAR it. I had been keeping on eye on her wrist, and just this week realized that she wasnt wearing it.
Turns out she took it off a couple of weeks ago - BECAUSE IT DIDN'T MATCH HER OUTFIT!
This is the girl who drives by herself, holds down a part-time job and still will take chances with 'may contains' and cookies from places like Starbuck's - where cross-contamination is inevitable.
At least I know that I am on the MedicAlert file as a contact, should something happen while she wasn't at home.

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 10:35am
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I keep reading about the MedicAlert bracelets and think that they are a great idea since they have all of the info right there to fax to the emergency workers. What I question is the amount of time it would take for them to be called and then receive the information. If it's engraved on the bracelet they've got it right at their fingertips, right? I'm on the fence about this issue because obviously you can't get as much info onto the bracelet. Any thoughts on saving precious time as opposed to having extra info?

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 11:15am
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my dd wears a medic alert bracelet, she is p/a and adhd. i have sworn by this company and the bracelet since she was 3. she is now 9. its such a part of her that one day she took her jacket off and the bracelet happend to slip off her wrist into the jacket sleeve, she was hysterical crying and such. her concern was if something happens to me and they wont know what is wrong..i told her in the event of (if she was awake and could speak) to use her voice and tell them. but none the less she felt/and feels better wearing the bracelet. and i just got my new card in the mail and they sent along a sticker that you put on your car window in case of an accident(providing that the window isnt smashed by an accident) the emt's will know what to be on the lookout for. pretty cool in my book.
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Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 11:34am
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Treatment would not be witheld while someone calls the medic alert number. The bracelet would be read, IF the situation is not already made clear to the emergency medical person. The call to medic alert would be made while treatment is happening. I don't ever want the bracelet to be used in an emergency medical situation; however, it does give me peace that my/DH contact info is available through it- not just the medical stuff. It isn't very expensive (unless it is GOLD) and I feel worth the investment.

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 2:11pm
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I'm not sure if I can say this the way I want to, but with the MedicAlert (which DD has) I figure that, okay, someone's going to read the info' - PA, TNA etc, and call MedA. MedicAlert is going to call us, or the next person on DD's contact list. There are 2 phone #'s for me - is a hospital going to have time to try that? Or bother to, at least right away? (Obviously - we've never needed to see how it actually works - yet)

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2006 - 8:50am
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Our DS is 15 months and we got him a med alert bracelet from [url="http://www.fiddledeeids.com/medical-id-bracelets.php"]http://www.fiddledeeids.com/medical-id-bracelets.php[/url] when he turned a year. I went back and forth about whether it was necessary. The allergist never suggested it, but I learned about them on this site. We were getting ready to go on vacation out of state when I finally decided it was the right thing to do. Also, we are away from him most of the day and he is in a daycare that is not peanut free. It was peace of mind for us.
I put it on him and he doesn't ever mess with it which surprised us. Since this was the first time, we were not sure what to put on it, and it was so small. We just put his allergies, name and uses EpiPen. We might change this for his next one.
We go to the allergist this week, and I am wondering if he will comment on it.

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2006 - 9:00am
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I thought I would also mention that on the site we purchased DS bracelet, they also have other items that might be helpful while you are traveling. Laminated tags, medical tags for shoes or that hang off a belt loop, neclaces and more.

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2006 - 1:28am
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reraising

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2006 - 2:41am
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Hi I just ordered my 2 1/2 yr old the sports band. Hope he will keep it on but not holding my breath. He is always with me anyway.
I put his name, phone # and listed allergies. Is this correct? I am going to sign up with medical alert too.

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2006 - 2:47am
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Since I already ordered the bracelet I won't be abel to do the medical alert. Oh well, like I said he is always with me or my husband. And babysitters stay here with them and are family that knows what to do.

Posted on: Wed, 08/09/2006 - 11:39pm
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Is there a store that sells cheap Medic Bracelets that I can get just to get through our holiday? My 16 year old DD went on a shopping spree and lost her Medical Alert Bracelet. None of the stores have found it and we leave for holidays on Sunday.
I just want to get a cheap Stainless Steal one engraved with Peanuts and Nuts.
Any ideas would be great. I am in ON, Canada.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2006 - 12:15am
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I have seen some at Shoppers Drug Mart - but not too recently (but then again, I haven't been looking). They are pretty cheapy looking and just have the allergen, but it will get you through vacation.

Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2006 - 9:53am
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Shopper's, WalMart, Loblaws pharmacy...sometimes around the desk, sometimes on a rack on the aisle ends, where the medical odds and ends of helpful aids are...I picked one up once to replace the broken links/clasps on DD's.

Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2006 - 11:39am
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Thanks, I called WalMart and Loblaws and they both have them. I just need to take it and get it engraved. Problem is I can't remember what her other one said!?
I guess we will just put Peanuts and Nuts on it for now.
Thanks again.
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Posted on: Thu, 08/10/2006 - 11:27pm
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DS's medic alert bracelet does not say his name. I feel better about that just for his safety.
Ours says:
Allergic to tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, strawberries, call immediately. followed by an ID number.

Posted on: Fri, 08/11/2006 - 7:55am
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The one at the pharmacy is very large, looks like something a man would have.
The one at the Walmart jewelery counter was perfect! She tried two on and picked the best for her,which was important for me that she liked it (she is 16!).
It cost $20 for the bracelet and $17 for the engraving at a kios in the mall.
Well worth the piece of mind for our trip on Sunday.
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Posted on: Fri, 08/11/2006 - 9:47pm
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This is the bracelet I got for my PA son. Since he won't wear a bracelet, even a sports-band one, this is perfect.
[url="http://www.idonme.com"]http://www.idonme.com[/url]

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2006 - 12:08am
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This is the first alternative to medicalert that I've ever seen that I think would really work. Thanks for posting that link!
The bracelet prices are 10 + 12.00 US... and the shape is that "football" style emblem, with a VERY prominent star of life emblem emblazoned on them. All the personal info is INSIDE the bracelet on tyvek inserts. (So no personal info is visible, but EMS would have immediate access to it.)
They can also be used as shoe tags temporarily and then put back onto a bracelet.
On word of warning, though-- they do contain small parts, so they aren't for the littlest ones.
But for anyone who feels like they REALLY cannot afford medicalert, this is a great option.

Posted on: Sat, 08/12/2006 - 2:38am
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But on those IDOnMe things, it looks like you have to open up a compartment to see the information. I have some concern that rescue personnel won't know this. (I know of some dog IDs that had little canisters containing the dog's ID information, and people didn't realize that the canister opened up.)

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 1:24pm
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Quote:Originally posted by DRobbins:
[b]But on those IDOnMe things, it looks like you have to open up a compartment to see the information. I have some concern that rescue personnel won't know this. (I know of some dog IDs that had little canisters containing the dog's ID information, and people didn't realize that the canister opened up.)[/b]
I have one and posted about it on the Products board the other day. The back says, "Emergency Info Inside."
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Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 4:20pm
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My son started wearing one last year in Kindergarten per advice from his allergist. He said that he felt it necessary in case "Reece goes down on the playground", yikes, scary thought but it has some merit, kwim?
On the front of the bracelet:
ds name
severe nut
allergy all
nuts epi pens
on the back:
asthma uses inhaler
cell phone number MOM
cell phone number DAD
birthdate
The bracelet itself is stainless steel w/a red medic emblem (raised). The bracelet is beaded. I bought it from Petite Baubles online.
HTH!
oh, btw, I was told to always put the bracelet on the left wrist and definitely NEVER on the shoe that medical personnel normally looks on the left wrist first.
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Mom to Reece (9/5/01) Severe Peanut and Tree Nut allergies, Asthma and Reflux
McKinley (9/7/99) No Allergies
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Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 12:16am
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I called medicalert last week and signed up, got 4 memberships and 4 bracelets for $119!!!
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Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, seeds(all-sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut(also avoiding legumes), 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)

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 12:50am
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Wow Chanda- You got a deal! I did not know you could negotiate with them!
I got my dd a Medic Alert and membership and it cost me $54.95!
I had always used a different medic ID bracelet but decided that it was time for the real Medic Alert.
I am happy that I switched!

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 5:23am
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While we're on this topic, I would love your opinions on the best type of medic alert thing for my DD, who is 13.
Up to now we haven't found it necessary for her to wear a medic alert thing. But now that she's getting older and doing more things on her own, we want her to be safer.
The thing is...she has more than just food allergies. She is also allergic to a bunch of antibiotics. This information should of course be on the medic alert bracelet or necklace. But there isn't a lot of room on those things, from what I can tell. How do you fit it all on? Or, as someone was saying, would the medical personnel call Medic Alert to get the full complete record....with only the most important allergic info being on the bracelet itself?

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 5:29am
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Quote:
Turns out she took it off a couple of weeks ago - BECAUSE IT DIDN'T MATCH HER OUTFIT!
Argh, this would be my worst fear with my daughters (both PA and MFA, not to mention one of them has antibiotic allergies). Here's a suggestion: ask her WHY it didn't match her outfit. If it's because it was gold instead of silver, get her another one in silver. Get her as many as she needs to be "matchy."
And, I would sit down and have a heart-to-heart talk with her about how her carelessness makes you sick to your soul. As a mother, I know where you're coming from. My oldest DD is 13 and I'm struggling with a potential cross-country class trip that will be coming up (her first time away from us in a totally uncontrolled situation). When I first told her that she might not be able to go, she threw a fit. But then I sat down and calmly explained how potentially dangerous the situation could be, and how her dad and I would feel if something happened to her while she was away from us. We shed a few tears together. She "got it." I just pray that she will be responsible as she gets older. It's so frightening, isn't it?

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 7:23am
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Question...
Since medic alert is already being discussed I figured I'd post here.
My ds has PA, but no other health history (knock wood). I do want to get him a bracelet to alert people of his allergy, but can't really think of any reason why anyone would need to call the phone # on it.
Am I being dense? Would it be okay just to have something on him to warn of PA, but not have the service?
If he had MFA, or other health probs I know you need the service so you can get more info, but for him it would all be on the bracelet.
Dh is of the same opinion, but I wonder if we are missing something?

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 7:44am
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to the last couple of posters(just doing a mass reply) I didn't like the idea of medicalerts number being on the bracelt either, but once you talk to a CSR you can ask all these questions, they are SOOOOO helpful. They can put *911* on the bracelet so some unknowing bystander would still know to call for help first(and not stand their calling medicalert!). And how the service helps, if you are seperated from your child(due to an accident, or whatever) the hospital staff would call medicalert and get faxed over a complete medical list(from the info you provided them). Like for us, our allergists office is linked to the local hospital, so they have my kids records in their comuter-linked. when I took my son into the ER the triage nurse was telling *me* what meds he took daily, so they had access to important info in that case. But what if we were in an accident south of town, and he was taken to another hospital, and I taken to yet another...medicalert would fax them the necessary info needed(other food allergies, medication allergies etc...) to keep my son safe until I could get to him.
and for what if there is too much info for the bracelet..again, call CS and talk with the rep...have you seen my signature and the list of foods....they will work with you, putting the most dangerous on the actual bracelet and then possibly just listing the others in your child's file. I know for my youngest they got on the milk, peanut, tree nut and egg, then listed *other food allergies*....which would be given once hospital staff contacted them for further info. Does that make sense???
I want to also post a code that was given once before here, it's still good but once I started ordering 4 bracelets the rep said she had another deal going to save me even more. But the code is 9835. I just told her awhile back I got a mailing that said to use code 9835 and it would only cost $19.95 for the memebership(wich is normally $39.95)then the $9.99 for the bracelet if you choose... So whoever can use it, do!!
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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, seeds(all-sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut(also avoiding legumes), 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)
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Bracelets are also used for health check and classification reason, such as allergy trinkets and hospital patient-identification label.
http://www.swordsswords.com/

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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