Anyone else worried about metal?

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 3:39am
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When I logged on yesterday, I read alot of notes about parents who were worried about the metal alert bracelets breaking, and others mentioned being glad that the bracelets look like jewelry and don't stand out or call attention to themselves. My questions are these: Aren't you worried about your child getting her hand stuck somewhere because the bracelets DON'T break? and Why don't you want the bracelets to stand out and get noticed? I thought that was the whole point. My son is 2 1/2 and is severely peanut allergic. I want a bracelet that comes off easily and one that will get noticed. When he gets old enough to worry about what others think, and old enough to handle informing people and asking the necessary questions when confronted with a possible reaction situation, then I'll get a less conspicuous one, but until then I want a very noticeable bracelet for him.

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 6:42am
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My son's (21 months) Medic Alert bracelet does not have a lot of slack. It has a sturdy chain with a clasp that is not easy to remove. I believe the probability of it becoming stuck is about the same as a watch. In my view, its purpose is not advertising, but notification. Medical professionals are trained to check for medic alert bracelets/necklaces. I personally have a silver Medic Alert pendant that notifies, but does not advertise.
That said, Medic Alert now has flexible bracelet bands or you could attach it to a watch band.
The following is a link to Medic Alert.
[url="http://www.medicalert.com"]www.medicalert.com[/url]
[This message has been edited by SteveW (edited June 02, 1999).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 10:09am
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Tammy,
What does your son wear now? Brady's Medi-alert bracelet is silver, with a the red medical snake symbol on it. I think any medical professional would notice it right away. It's a little loose now, but it has never caught on anything. The latch is REALLY hard to undo (wich is good because she has undone and lost several before we found this company!). I am thinking, what could it possibly get caught on that would endanger her life? But being without it certaintly might. I am with her every minute now, but if we were ever in a car accident or something and I couldn't tell someone her medical history..boy would I be glad she had her bracelet!! Tammy

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 11:54am
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Hi! This is my first post- I love all the support. My 22 mo daughter just received her bracelet today. She got the silver and gold one. Its actually quite nice. It is loose but it took her less than an hour to get used to it and now doesn't even notice it. I'm not worried about it catching. Also, they do give free replacement chains as the child grows or breaks.

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 1:56pm
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My daughter has had a medic alert bracelet for the past 7 years and the only things we have had it catch on are carpeting and sweaters...both of which can be quickly cut away, or just unhooked. The best thing would be to make sure the bracelet is not too loose. You should allow only a very little bit of slack in it. I know it is tempting at first to buy a bigger chain so that you won't have to replace it so soon, but (as everyone keeps saying) medic alert will replace the chain as the child grows. That is just one great thing about the company!

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 2:46pm
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I have to agree with Tammy. The Whole point of the bracelet is for my son's safety. I want everyone around him to be aware of his peanut allergy and that he has asthma. I also know that it is working because lots of people ask him about it, and he informs them in a very 3year old way, I can't have nuts.
As far as the bracelet braking. I view it as a safety feature. My son has had the chain get suck in a climbing toy at Discovery Zone. I personally am glad it just came apart verses what could of happened to his wrist, had it not.

Posted on: Wed, 06/02/1999 - 10:44pm
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Thank you, Cindy. I was beginning to feel outnumbered, and starting to wonder if I just worry too much. I'm sure the latter is true to some extent, but if my child's life is in danger, I guess I can't be too overprotective. Thanks to everyone who has replied so far - I appreciate your opinions!!

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