Tips on getting 1.5 yr old to wear alert bracelet?

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 8:43am
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My 19 month old PA daughter has a fit if I put her medic alert bracelet on her. I have tried letting her just play with it (which she likes to do) and I have tried calling it her "pretty watch like mommy's." Should I just let her have her fit and get over it? I guess that would be easier to do if her dad supported the idea (he thinks it is unnecessary and doesn't like the idea of making her stand out as different.) I realize that she is different (isn't everyone?) but have to admit that I don't see alot of usefulness to it at this age when she is only with people who know of her PA (unless we're in a car wreck). Did you have your kids wear one at that young of an age? How did you get them to do it?
Again, thanks for your help. I know I am asking alot of questions on here, but I am new to this PA and just plain need help with it.

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 8:57am
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Nicole-
I put the bracelet on my PA son at 2 1/2 years old. He DID NOT want to wear it, said that it was uncomfortable, etc. I tried to explain why he had to wear it but, at that time, he still wasn't really understanding his PA. Finally, I just told him that he didn't have a choice and HAD to wear it! He threw a fit but quickly got over it and after about a week, he didn't even notice it was on anymore. Like you, I didn't really see a reason for him to wear it at that age and only being with people that knew of his PA. But, his allergist gave me a couple reasons: get him used to wearing it so he'll never even think about it for the rest of his life (it'll be part of him), if something happened to me and I couldn't speak for him (anyone, emt, etc. could give him peanut-related food), and as you mentioned- car accident. Now he's 3 1/2 and he knows why he has to wear it and it doesn't bother him at all. Hope this helps! -Jodi

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 9:10am
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I got one for my son at about 2 1/2 and never had a problem. But if he had pulled a fit. I would have just locked myself in the bathroom until it was over. They cannot take the bracelet off themselves and will get used to wearing it. Good luck.
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Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 10:06am
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I think that getting them to wear it early is a good thing. Then they are used to it and it is not an issue later. My nephew now has to wear one starting at the age of 10 (not for PA or a food allergy, but another disorder) and it is a constant struggle.
We never made wearing it an option. We just clamped it on and explained what it said and why she needed it. She asked "all the time?" and I said yes and that was it for the discussion. Probably this is much easier for a girl, as bracelets are not going to set them apart as much as on a boy.
DD has had hers since probably age 3 and there is no problem with wearing it all the time. Now that she is older (8+) she has a "dressier" medical alert from Lauren's Hope with pretty crystals and beads (just for special) and I have taken her regular bracelet off for some cheerleading competions that have a strict "no jewelry" rule - just for the performance.
Do they make the medic alert sports bands small enough for your child? Maybe the bracelet chain bugs her.
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Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 12:32am
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Thanks for your relpies. I guess I just needed someone to tell me that it was worth a fit. I'll go clamp it on her right now so the fit will be over before her Dad gets home. (Although I may have to wait for nap time since she won't hold still long enough for me to struggle with that tight clasp.)

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 3:25am
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We got the "No Nuts for Me" book for our son at 15 months. Read it several times, then made a big deal about a bracelet "like Noah's". He loved it.
If you don't have the book, maybe try the online version at (edited by the office; old url removed as that web site address is no longer used or owned by the book company that published the no nuts for me book. The book company's web site on 01/08/2007 [url="http://www.tumblebooks.com"]http://www.tumblebooks.com[/url] ) - Christopher enjoys that even more than the regular book.

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 4:00am
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Thanks Shawn. I just snuck it on her 10 minutes before I read your post. We'll see what her reaction is when she wakes up. By the way, I tried to go to that website, but it came up as some financial thing or something. I'd like to see the one you are talking about though. Would you mind checking the address for me? Thanks.

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 5:47am
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The link didn't work for me either.

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 6:38am
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Our PA son did not have a problem wearing one of the "cool" bracelets. We got the sports one from medical alert.
p.s. family member diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 2 used as an ankle braclet.
good luck!!

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 7:04am
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mchammond,
I don't want to tell anyone how to do things as I can barely figure out how to handle my own situation. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] But, I thought I'd pass along that I knew it would be a struggle to get my dd to wear her bracelet so I asked the medic alert people about putting it on her ankle and they said that emergency personnel and such would never look for it there. They only check wrists and necks. I remember reading a discussion somewhere on this website that seemed to confirm that.
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