By Meredith McKay
On New Years Eve 2009, my 1 year old daughter Mia developed welts all over her body. I rang in the New Year at Lowell General Hospital’s emergency room.
The ER doctors suspected she was having an allergic reaction to the Amoxicillin she was on for strep throat. The next day, I got a second opinion from a Pediatric Allergist, and he also concluded the reaction was most likely from the Amoxicillin. He told us that Mia should be considered allergic to Amoxicillin and she should not risk taking it again because the next reaction could be more severe.
Recently, a coworker told me his daughter’s softball team was playing a game in Everett and one of her teammate’s face began swelling. The ball field was located next to the Teddie Peanut Butter factory. She was highly allergic to peanuts and the air/particles coming out of the factory was causing a reaction. Luckily her parents were there and able to get her to the hospital for treatment.
After hearing this I started to worry about what if something happens to Mia when I’m not around? How would she inform anyone that she is allergic to Amoxicillin? Instantly I thought of the old stainless steel medical bracelets.
Mia will be attending camp this summer, so I went online to check out Medical ID bracelets for children. I was hoping to find something cuter than the chain link ones I remember. Pleasantly surprised, I found out that Medical ID bracelets have come a long way. They are now made for adults and children in a variety of styles and materials.
A website I came across is Lauren’s Hope that explains why medical alert IDs are so important:
“Medical alert bracelet and medical alert necklaces for children can provide the information needed to save your child’s life in case of emergency. If your child is out of your care for a sporting event or even a birthday party, an allergic reaction or blood sugar episode can occur. Having the information about her medical condition is the first line of defense when emergency medical personnel arrive on the scene.
Allergies in children can range from food to medications to environmental, and should always be taken seriously. If a child is on any routine medication, such as for asthma control, this should be noted on a medical ID bracelet for your child. Diabetes and other chronic health conditions also need to have a medical alert bracelet.”
There are plenty of pretty styles for girls and fun styles for boys at Lauren’s Hope:
Allerbling’s bracelet starts at $5.00 and can be customized by charms indicating allergies to bees, peanuts, wheat, shellfish, dairy and more!
Fiddledee IDs carries silicone bands for asthma, autism, diabetes, epilepsy and food allergies for only $2.50, as well as charming medical ID bracelets:
Hope Paige Medical has a huge selection of bracelets in different materials such as rubber, rope, leather and even these “slap” bracelets that kids love for $7.95:
HAH Originals medical ID & alert bracelets feature some beautiful designs in a variety of gorgeous styles for around $41.50:
N StyleID offers a wide variety of children and teen medical bracelets designed with young people in mind! Colorful, durable, light-weight, and interchangeable for under $15.95. What could be more fun for them, than to choose which band to wear for the day: