People have different reactions to their medical conditions. Some people are intensely private and would run a marathon before engaging in a conversation about their condition. For these people, the idea of doing something that actively draws attention to their condition is a horrible idea – the very last thing they would want to do. For children especially, anything that makes them different from everyone else is often resisted. Worse anything that could open them up to bullying because they are different is just about the worse thing in the world.
While this is understandable, and it is easy to have sympathy with this perspective, the benefits of highlighting a serious medical condition surely make wearing childrens medical id bracelets must surely outweigh the disadvantages.
Medical bracelets or tags speak out when the wearer cannot. They point out to people who are trying to help the situation they are dealing with – and they hopefully stop any well-meaning but uninformed person doing the wrong thing with all of the right intentions.
There are different types of alert, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bracelet. If a dog tag is preferable there are those too. The point is to communicate quickly and easily when time may be short.
What sort of information should be on a medical id bracelet?
At a minimum the bracelet should contain the person’s name and date of birth. In addition, the condition. Be as specific as possible, but remember the average member of the public needs to understand so make sure it is something that communicates directly.
Next name the medications the wearer takes, especially ones which affect lifesaving treatments, or are necessary to preserve life in some way. Last on the list of essentials are and allergies especially ones which cause a severe reaction.