Medic-alert bracelets?

Posted on: Tue, 05/22/2001 - 3:52am
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pI am curious if anyone else has had a problem getting their child to wear their medic-alert bracelet, or if you even have one at all?/p
pWe started Taran with one from the time we found out about his allergy at 11 months old. Back then he wore it with no complaints at all. As he got older, about 4 or 5 years old, he flat out refused to wear it. Didn't matter what I did, he would figure out how to work the clasp and off it would come. Finally I solved the problem by getting an epi-pouch that said basically what the medic-alert bracelet did.(Big black pouch with a patch on it) Not quite the same thing, but close enough for me and he happily wore that and loved people asking him about it./p
pWell, he's 7 now, and the pouch novelty has worn off, he's seen the new "high-tech" pouches and wants one of those. I told him no way (though the pouch is in desperate need of replacing) until he agreed to wear a bracelet again./p
pWe went to the medic-alert site here in Canada and found that they now have a "Toronto Maple Leafs" hockey team sports-style bracelet. It just arrived and he LOVES it and is so proud to wear it and is showing that to everyone. I told him if he wears it non-stop for the next 2 months I will order him a new epi-belt, so he will have it before the start of the new school year./p

Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 11:52am
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Torontosue, so far, I haven't had any problems with Jesse wearing his MedicAlert bracelet. I had thought it was because he started to wear it when he was young, but he was only 3-3/4 years old when he started to wear it. Taran was SO much younger. I'm hoping that I'm not going to run into the same problems.
Again, I had thought that several of us WEREN'T having problems because we started our children off young. I have asked Jesse if he is comfortable wearing it and he is.
He is also extremely comfortable wearing his new MedicAlert Epi-belt (I highly recommend it because it does have the MedicAlert symbol) and I find that difficult to believe because the holder is SO hard.
It's funny, when I started to read your post, I was wondering if Taran was a Leafs fan and if that bracelet would work for him. Then, of course, I read further.
I hope it works out because I know, for me, I really want Jesse to feel as though his MedicAlert bracelet and Epi-belt are part and parcel of his body and that he will always be comfortable wearing them. Forever and a day.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 05/23/2001 - 10:59pm
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Cindy, where did you find the medic-alert belt? How many epi's does it hold? I didn't see one on their site, of course that wasn't what I was looking for so I may have missed it.
I'm looking at all the different ones out there right now, seeing which one I think he'll like the best.

Posted on: Sat, 06/30/2001 - 9:46am
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I know that I'm posting a reply a little late, but I was wondering if you feel that if something does happen to your son/daughter when you're not there, will the people with him think of looking for the bracelet? My son Spencer is 4 and got his new MedicAlert sportsband. Its great and all, but I can't help wondering if people will fail to even see it in an emergency? What do you think?
Anita

Posted on: Sat, 06/30/2001 - 2:47pm
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I have a 2 1/2 pa son I have thaught of getting a med alert bracelet although I don't leave him with anyone but my mother husband and a babysitter (maybe once a month for a couple hours). Do you think it is neccassary for him to wear one yet? I do plan to get one when he starts school. I often wonder if people will look for the bracelet in the event of an emergency.

Posted on: Sat, 06/30/2001 - 9:45pm
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dear Forzackry, Yes yes! They do look for the bracelet in an emergency. A bracelet can save your son's life . (It also is a great attention getter to start a conversation with other parents and bring up the subject of a life threatening allergy.) I can't tell you how many people that we have came in to casual contact with who are in the medical field (or not) who immediatley notice my son's bracelet. I would recommend getting one, even though you say you don't leave him with more than two other people. That bracelet can speak for them when they can't.

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2001 - 12:47am
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I'd heard that EMTs and paramedics are trained to look for a medic alert bracelet or necklace on a patient.

Posted on: Sun, 07/01/2001 - 1:20am
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It's so important for a child to wear one. What if your child got lost in a store or at a fair/carnival. What if you and your child were involved in a car accident, and you were unconcious. Sometimes people try to comfort a child with food, and we all know what the standard comfort food is. A bracelet may provide some degree of protection for identification and medical needs.

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