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I am curious about how many of us have medic-alert bracelets for our kids or ourselves. (or a similiar bracelet or jewelry) and what they state. Do you have them if you feel your child's alergy is severe or "mild" etc?

------------------ Lalow James 5 yrs, NKA Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

On Jan 25, 2007

NO such thing as a 'mild' peanut allergy.

When I was diagnosed with PA my allergist said, 'carry epi and get a medic alert bracelet' and he gave me a brochure for Medicalert.

My bracelet says, " ANAPHYLAXIS TO PEANUTS. CALL MEDICALERT"

On Jan 25, 2007

Bought a MedicAlert bracelet for DD 12 years ago, when she was first diagnosed TNA. It was updated to include PA last year.

There were a few years when it was difficult to keep it on her (teens) but as she is reacting to more things now, she seems to understand MY desire to have her wear it all the time.

Although she was originally just allergic to almonds and hazelnuts, the engraving said 'allergic to all nuts' . It now specifies 'peanuts and all nuts'. She is also now TNA to them all.

On Jan 25, 2007

(name edited out by office), where is the tatoo? Does it look like a bracelet? Gee--that would be much easier for kiddos! (JK)

On Jan 25, 2007

I bought my son the bright green leather rope braid bracelet with medical id from Laurens Hope. I actually LOVE it! The green is so bright and noticable and the metal medical ID is very noticable too. The back I printed up that he is severely allergic to nuts/tree nuts/eggs and that he needs an Epipen and Inhaler. Then of course phone numbers...I wrote call 911 AND my home and cell #'s. If I could change anything, it's that the back was printed with a color, like black...it's just pressed into the metal, you can read it, I'd just like it bolder! He wants to get a dog tag next....why not!!!

I also want to get one for my younger kiddos....especially the milk and egg. But it was pretty $$ so will have to get one at a time!

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Jan 25, 2007

My son has worn one since he was four, he is now seven. It has never been taken off even once! He has the regular silver Medic Alert.

On Jan 26, 2007

my son has wore a regular medic alert since he was 2 - he is now 6 1/2 and has only taken it off to replace it with a new larger size at age 5 -- never never never has he complained!

On Jan 26, 2007

My 6 yo PA son has worn his Medic Alert bracelet since he started preschool at 3 1/2. The face is worn (he's pretty rough) but the engraving is just as good as the day it was sent to us. It says "severely allergic to peanuts, asthma, has epipen". It has only come off for his surgery for tubes and then for his tonsillectomy a year later.

My 4 yo TNA son just got his Medic Alert bracelet (the basic stainless one also) this summer after we discovered his allergy to pistachios (and also cashews). I can't remember exactly what it says. He was so used to seeing his older brother's bracelet that when he got one, he's never complained one second about wearing it. Both boys wear them like a second skin.

On Jan 26, 2007

My 4yo PA son has worn a regular medic alert bracelet for about a year now. He has never taken it off and never even mentions it.

On Jan 26, 2007

We have the stainless steel medic alert and a sports band. We had a hard time trying to decide what to put on and ended up w/

Asthma Anaphylaxis to peanuts, tree nuts Call 911 Carries Epipen

I know the bracelet is *supposed* to be for the medics but I also wanted it to include call 911 for the everyday person who could find her in distress and look at her bracelet.

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On Jan 26, 2007

I've checked into getting an ID bracelet, but I haven't been officially diagnosed. My SPT & RAST tests were both negative, though I still seem to react to pnuts & pecans. It's mild, but I understand that I can have ana reaction any time. So, I'm seriously considering the bracelet. I do carry 2 epi's in my purse at all times.

this thread made me think some more about it.

On Jan 26, 2007

DD has had the silver one since age 1. It reads "Anaphylactic to all nuts. Uses epi pen." Or something to that extent. I probably haven't read the back of it in over a year. She is so far only PA, but we didn't want anyone else to take liberties with feeding her. At this point I see the bracelet being the most use if she gets lost, serious car accitdent, etc, since at 4 she is always in the care of someone who knows about her PA.

------------------ Lori Jo,

Rose, 7-31-02, PA Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

On Jan 26, 2007

DD has had one on her continuously since she was 13 months old. She has [i]NEVER[/i] objected to wearing it. (She's approaching 8 yo now and is [i]VERY[/i] particular about clothing.)

She's now on her 3rd one. We get a new one if anything substantial changes (like egg needing to be added as an anaphylaxis trigger, or removing wheat... YAY!!). We also order a new one whenever the existing one gets too beat up, or too small.

Next time, I might be willing to try the tiger-wire beaded bracelet instead of the stainless we've always used. DD [i]really, really[/i] wants one of those. I'm not sure how it would hold up for sports and swimming, though.

On Jan 26, 2007

My DD has worn one since she was about 2. They didn't let me select what I wanted on there - I just had to tell them her 'conditions' and they have standard terms (Canadian).

They wrote "Allergic to Eggs and Peanuts. Carries Epipen". She doesn't actually carry it herself, but I guess the idea gets across. I wanted them to add 911 too but they wouldn't. She's only three anyways and I don't leave her with anyone who isn't very aware of her allergies. I really only got it in case of car accident or something like that.

Bonus - if she ever got lost or separated (I'd have a heart attack!) I know that they would be able to contact us through MedicAlert!

Actually, what I like best is that ever since we got the bracelet, people finally start to realize we aren't just crazy parents. Apparently her wearing a bracelet means she IS actually allergic! LOL

On Jan 26, 2007

papa

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On Jan 26, 2007

Both my kids have medic alert bracelets on 24/7. They have the regular metal ones from Medic Alert.

Cathy

------------------ Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

On Jan 27, 2007

She has had her MedicAlert bracelet since she was diagnosed at 18 months old...she is now 8 1/2 years old. She has worn in 24/7 and never questioned taking it off. It is just like someone said above, it is a part of her like her hair! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

We had the original stainless steel one 7 years (had to replace the egraved plate a few times) and just recently switched to the beaded pink one. I did not want her to switch to this one...but gave in. But within 2 months, it broke and beads flew everywhere! What a mess! Called MedicAlert and they sent a new one for free-we'll see how long this one lasts.

On Jan 27, 2007

I made my own 'medic alert' type bracelet for when I travel or if I go out to eat (which is now rare due to 'eating healthier' and such...) I admit I don't wear it all the time. I guess one could say, 'what if you were in a car accident or something similar and you had amnesia and the nurse tried to get you to eat PB&J?' When I travel out of town on business I wear it everywhere.

I didn't like the membership policies of Medic Alert...nor did I like the cost or style of the bracelets. I could see the use in using medic alert b/c they will hold your medical history/etc. if you are in the hospital and have an emergency. Maybe in the future or if I move to a new place where I haven't made good friends yet I may do that. After reading the ICE post, I've put information into my cell phone.

I went to a jeweler and ordered a nice brushed silver oval-shaped tag that has the red asterisk/medic engraved right into it. They had a whole catalog of different styles/brands/etc. There were other colors, but I'm of the opinion that the universal-looking red symbol gets someone's attention. That's on the top side, underneath I have engraved, "SeverePeanut/nut Allergy-Call 911-I carry Epipen&Benadryl" Of course, the bracelet really only is useful if I pass out or can't talk.

I'm familiar with bead work and making bracelets/jewelry...so I make my own interchangeable bracelets -- I have like 5 of them right now. I use tiger tail and matching (to the brushed steel) clasps. If it breaks, I make a new one. With the clasps I can interchange the bracelet portion.

Adrienne

------------------ 30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Jan 27, 2007

One thing I felt weird about with Medicalert....was that they have on the back to call them first. For one, if my son was with someone besides me(like at school or where ever) I just didn't like the idea that soemone might read the back of it and call some company before they would call 911....that seemed like 1 extra step in such a crucial time. Now I may be wrong, it seems most on here prefer Medicalert, but it just felt wrong to me. My sons bracelet says call 911 then me!

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Jan 28, 2007

poof

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On Jan 28, 2007

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Originally posted by NicoleinNH: [b]Chanda-My DD's Medic Alert bracelet doesn't say anything about calling them. It says "Fatal allergy to peanuts, tree nuts, egg. Treat with Epinephrine. Call 911.".

There is an ID# on there and the hospital could then call Medic Alert for info, if they needed to (if I wasn't there or able to respond).

I would hope no one would call MedicAlert before calling an ambulance. Nicole[/b]

DS's says something similar. It does not say to call Medic Alert.

On Jan 28, 2007

NicoleinNH and saknjmom thanks for the info, maybe I read it wrong when I was looking at their bracelets, I will go back and double check. Their brochure(from the doc's office)

yes, I just checked their site...this was what gave me a bad feeling... "I wrote a one page report for the school. I dedicated the first half of the report to describe Catherine's asthma, allergy and Epi-pen

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