For all the parents of children with allergies or medical conditions, I have a very important question.
This is our first child, and my husband has a rare, genetically carried allergy to certain anesthesia. His parents, siblings, and children all may have this same potentially deadly allergy, and so they all must wear medical alert medals. There are no allergies like this in my family, and suddenly, at 36 weeks, I realize I need to protect my newborn in the event of a medical emergency and we aren't there to explain his allergy to medical staff.
I'm searching for medical alert bracelets for infants and toddlers, and if you have any suggestions for websites, please share! But I have a few questions:
How many bracelets do I need? Where should I put them?
-one for the baby's ankle?
-one for the diaper bag strap?
-one to go on his car seat?
Do I leave it on all the time just to make sure he's used to the feel of it? Or does he only need to wear it when we leave the house?
I'm not so worried about when my son is in school. Wearing a cool bracelet or necklace is appealing to kids, but I don't know how to intigrate this necessary piece of safety equipment into his life when he is very young.
Also, if you have a positive experience you'd like to share about medical alert bracelets and children and infants, I'd really appreciate that. I knew this condition would be part of my family when we decided to have children, and aside from any surgeries this really isn't something that can forseeably impact my children's lives too heavily, but facing it is still... scary? A little sad? But only for now, I hope. I want to get to the point of thinking of this bracelet only as a protection for my son, and not as a reminder of something to fear.