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Posted on: Wed, 05/10/2006 - 11:40pm
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Personally, I would rather err on the side of having extra precautions than less so my daughter wears a medic alert bracelet.
Our allergiest never suggested we DON'T get a bracelet but did comment that her numbers at the time weren't "alarming". We held off since she was in our care and a trusted daycare but now that she is close to starting preschool (a new setting with more children and adults who don't know her as well) we have a bracelet on her and that's that.

Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 5:19am
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Quote:Originally posted by Nutternomore:
[b]What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing. AAAAI has several references in their materials about this. For example, the AAAAI position statment 34 on Anaphylaxis in School and Child Care Settings [url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/resources/academy_statements/position_statements/ps34.asp[/url] notes the usefulness of medical identification...
Quoting: [b]In addition, it is often useful if children allergic to foods wear some form of identification (eg, Medic-Alert bracelet or necklace or badges in nursery school).
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Also, similar points made in a press release from AAAAI and FAAN last year
[url="http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm"]http://www.aaaai.org/media/news_releases/2005/08/081005.stm[/url]
Quoting: To protect your child, and prevent anaphylaxis, the AAAAI and FAAN encourage parents to take the following steps before the school year begins:
Work with an allergist/immunologist to identify your child's triggers and reinforce these to your child. [b]If possible, provide your child with a medical bracelet or necklace that identifies his or her specific allergy. [/b]
[This message has been edited by Nutternomore (edited May 11, 2006).][/b]
Just in case you glossed over this post, please read it again, OP.
Follow it to the T.
Perfect advice.
End of story.
Thanks Nutter!
Jason
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Posted on: Thu, 05/11/2006 - 6:23am
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[b]What an idiot. Fire him and get someone who's knows what they are doing.[/b]
Ditto.
I wonder if there is some board that the guy could be turned in to? It sounds to me like he really shouldn't just be left in the field with that type of attitude toward medic alert bracelets(or other forms of I.D.). I imagine that there are plenty of people out there that wouldn't question his viewpoint and stop using them, or not get them in the first place -- which, IMPO, would be dangerous.

Posted on: Fri, 05/12/2006 - 3:28am
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we never had a medic alert bracelet for our son until this year....he has reached an age where he is getting more independent ( he turned 6 in November) . Up til then, he was always in my care or someone who was fully aware of his allergies and asthma and trained to deal with it. Now that he is in kindergarten, I make him wear it every day, and he wears it to play outdoors as well. it certainly can't hurt having that information on him!! I'm surprised your Dr. was at all negative about it. take care, jen

Posted on: Fri, 05/12/2006 - 3:51am
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[b]he was always in my care or someone who was fully aware of his allergies and asthma and trained to deal with it.[/b]
I thought that this was okay for our situation too, until I started to think about what would happen if something happened to me? If we were in a car accident, or I had a heart attack, or some other thing that incapacitated me, or the person caring for my children, who would know about their FA's? Nobody would.
How many times do you read on these boards that while in some hospital waiting room -- on either side of the doors -- children are offered something by Doctors & Nurses that could kill them? Who believes that if you are being worked on in the ER, someone isn't going to offer your kid something to eat?
There are many reasons to get a medical alert bracelet, or some other identifying item -- necklace,etc., -- they are something no FA child should be without, no matter how young, no matter who cares for them, because you never know what can happen -- when it comes to the life of your child, don't you want to cover as many bases as possible?

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 12:07am
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We call it the designated epi-pen carrier. Our 16yr PA son always wears his medic alert necklace. His friends know to look for it, it creates awareness.
Last weekend he went to the Jr Prom and asked his group of friends who carry his back-up epi-pen. It is like the designted driver concept. We did it in case he is unable to deliver an epi-pen shot himself.
The point is, for us, the more that friends and contacts know and undersatnd the better protected he will be when he is out an about when we are not around. The medic alert bracelet helps serve that purpose.
War it proudly - I also wear the FAAN bracelet as wel to help educate my friends, family, co-workers on what the peanut allergy is.

Posted on: Sat, 05/13/2006 - 5:20am
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We asked an EMT at our church about the bracelet. He said they look for them. And they might not spot the trendier, cool ones.
Ugh.

Posted on: Sun, 05/21/2006 - 1:49pm
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Thanks all for your replies [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I wish I could have told the doctor what I thought of his ridiculous comment, but I wanted to change the subject before my son caught on to the fact that the doctor was saying his bracelet was unneccessary. Ds has worn his bracelet with no complaints for three years, and I would *never* take it off! What surprised me is that this doctor is fairly highly regarded - in fact, everyone I know in this area with a FA child uses him. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 05/25/2006 - 9:41pm
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MCMOM,
Hi, how are you? I think that it was inappropriate for your doctor to say this, especially in front of your child. You have one, your child is wearing it, what can it hurt?
If you want a new dr., we use Dr. Perin in Teaneck. I have referred many people to him and they have been happy with him too. He has been wonderful in treating DS for his environmental allergies, food allergies as well as asthma.
I don't know what his stand is on Medic Alert, but I know he would never put you down for having one.
Also, someone posted that the "trendy ones" aren't recognized by EMTs. My son is involved in Cub Scouts and a leader (an EMT) from another school noticed his sports one right away and I asked him if they keep up on the new styles. He said yes, we are kept up to date on the MEDIC ALERT Brand.
Good Luck...

Posted on: Sat, 06/17/2006 - 8:22am
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Oh I cannot believe this!! FIRE HIM!!! NOW!!! HOW CAN A DOCTOR THINK THEY DONT NEED IT ANYMORE??? Ok.. .I am done ranting now...
This post caught my attention. I have not posted here in a while, but last week I had a severe peanut reaction. It caught me by surprise and I think it was a cross contamination. I wear a med ID and I am 32 yrs old! I have had my allergy all my life. Without my medical ID, I think things would had gotten a lot worse! I was lucky that a friend of mine was with me who knew about my allergy, but really didnt "click" with them until I was on the floor and she saw my Medical ID bracelet. As they called 911, she ran to my truck to get my EPI and brought it to me. I was able to administer it myself, but when the ambulance arrived, they had to give me another injection before I arrived at the ER. Without that first injection, I do not know what the outcome would have been.
Keep the medical ID on your child. Who cares what the DR says. It might just save your child's life one day. It sure saved mine this week!

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