Us allergy families are unfortunately a growing market. The upside is that there are enough of us now to encourage businesses to make products to help us educate others, keep our kids safe, and make our lives easier. Here are a few products I’ve come across. Please feel free to share additional ones!
Medical ID/Alert Jewelry
When Bubba was two we decided we wanted her to wear a medical ID bracelet to help us communicate her food allergies in the event she was separated from us or in an emergency. When first selecting a bracelet, I did a lot of research (I know, shocker) and asked a lot of other allergy parents what their thoughts were. The main distinctions between medical ID/alert jewelry seem to be tradition and practicality on the one hand versus fun and coolness on the other. The most well-known example in the ‘fun’ category is AllerMates. There are lots of charms to chose from and various wristband colors. For older kids who are shooting more for ‘cool’ there are various paracord, sport, silicone, and beaded options.
We decided to opt for a traditional style bracelet after hearing they are more recognizable and taken more seriously by medical personnel. Our primary goal, initially, was to have something she couldn’t take off by herself. But I was worried she would hate wearing it and have ongoing fits about it (in that precious two year old kind of way). So we decided to start with an inexpensive bracelet. Makemethis.com engraves custom allergy bracelets (ours was around $10). It worked great, never came off (she could bathe with it no problem), and she didn’t mind wearing it. Before preschool this Fall, we decided to upgrade to a Medic Alert bracelet. The bracelet itself was free, but you pay an annual membership fee for Medic Alert (some fancier bracelets aren’t included in the membership). Medic Alert is the oldest medical ID company. They provide your medical information 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Medical personnel are most familiar with these bracelets (and necklaces). As Bubba gets older and has more preferences over her appearance, I am open to her choosing alternative styles. Whatever gets her to wear something.
Labels for food and stickers for kids
Putting a neon “allergy alert” sign above your child isn’t an option, but there are lots of sticker choices (even temporary tattoos!) available to help put you at ease. A few of my favorites:
Talk for me Tees – it is hard to bring young children with food allergies to events and places where unsafe foods will be present. Supervision is the most important thing, but these adorable shirts can help make others aware not to feed your child. You can use the coupon code FOODALLERGYNINJA to get 15% off. Yay!
Cafe Press – many t-shirt designs and sizes are available here. Not as cute, but most of the designs are eye-catching, which obviously has its own safety appeal.