Saturday, August 27, 2011

Safety First... 
Car seats, outlet covers, bouncy balls, toilet seat locks, etc...these are some of the many things parents will constantly stress about and all of these things seem obvious to the "safety first" rule. I consider myself vigilante when it comes to throwing away bouncy balls, making sure outlets are covered, car seats are installed securely and medicines are locked away, etc. One thing I completely forgot about was ID my children with serious health problems. Honestly, I'm not sure how it slipped my mind for so long. Most likely it's because I only leave my kids with friends and family, but today while speaking with my mom about Gage's allergies I realized that I need to make sure that his medical conditions are known to everyone who cares for him. I found these great bracelets (okay I found a ton of awesome ones, but they picked the plain ones) which let you document all of your child's allergies and medical conditions on an insert and they are kept inside the waterproof bracelet for easy reference. There are so many different medical ID jewelry to choose from that the task can be daunting.
Gavin chose this bracelet

Medical ID Jewelry/Identification:
  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Watches
  • ID cards
  • Clothing
  • Stickers
  • Medical Alarms
  • Charms
  • Tattoos
  • Even wearable flash drives with patient history (who knew right?!?!?)
Not to mention, that once you decide on what type you want there are many things to consider when purchasing one  for your child.

Other things to consider:
Gage chose this bracelet
  • Sizing 
  • Fabric
  • Colors
  • Ability to change information/update
  • Membership fees
  • Should they be able to remove it themselves or only you?
  • Engraved
  • Embroidered
  • Metal
  • Can it be worn during sports, bath, etc.
  • Comfortable
  • Latex free
  • Nickel free (if metal)
  • Let them have a say in what they want or not
  • Cost
The list could go on and on.  I decided on the type (bracelet) and then picked several styles that had the necessary characteristics I was looking for (ability to change, cost, kid friendly, unable to be removed by young child, waterproof). I allowed the boys to have the final say in color and design. Hopefully, this will make them having to wear it less of a battle and more exciting. After all, their safety is my first priority...their happiness is second.

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