How to Find Medical Alert Jewelry for Kids

By Dawn R. Levesque

  • Overview

    When a child has a medical condition or special needs of any kind, medical alert jewelry is a must. Medical jewelry puts vital medical information quickly into the hands of medical or school personnel. There is a broad selection of fashionable medical alert jewelry to choose from. Select a company with a 24/7 medical registry that will dispense critical information fast. Have the peace of mind that your child is safe if you can not be there.
    • Step 1

      Choose a medical alert company, such as Medic Alert or American Medical ID, that offers 24/7 emergency response to dispatch critical medical information without delay. The company of choice must adhere to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. This act protects children under the age of 13 by preventing the distribution of any personal information about your child without parent consent.
    • Step 2

      Once you have found a company, have your child sit with you at the computer. If possible, let her decide on the style and color of the jewelry. Your child will more likely wear the medic alert jewelry if she participates in the selection.

    • Step 3

      Decide if you prefer the jewelry to be worn around the wrist or neck. Around the neck options include a necklace, medallion, pendant or dog tags. Jewelry can be stainless steel, sterling silver, 10kt gold filled, 10kt gold or 14kt gold. The emblem is embossed in the same color metal or colored enamel. Consider basic stainless steel if your child is active or rough and tumble. Most offer a scratch-resistant coating.
    • Step 4

      Choose a style. Bracelets range from a simple ID and glass beaded designs to rugged sports bands and adjustable stretch bands. Sports bands are preferable for athletes or active children. Wristbands are either brightly colored or decorated with a sports motif and have a Velcro closure. They are ideal for adjustability and durability. Water-resistant styles are also available. For the more stylish, medic alert bracelets are offered with a beaded band in blue, orange or pink glass beads with silver.
    • Step 5

      Choose a color or pattern. Colors are numerous. Colored enamel styles range from green and purple to pink, lilac and blue. Bracelets with glass beads are offered in blue, orange and pink. Sports bands incorporate motifs such as football or soccer. Solid colors are another alternative in orange, lime green, blue or black. For the younger set, selections consist of musical notes, ladybugs, flowers or zoo animals.
    • Step 6

      Measure your child. Before ordering bracelets, use a cloth measuring tape or string, and wrap it just below your child's wrist bone, snug but not too tight. A medic will need to be able to flip over the curved bar to read emergency information. If measuring for a bead bracelet, add an extra inch.
    • Step 7

      Provide the medical alert company with only the critical information to be engraved on the jewelry. Other vital information will be added into a personal file with a membership number. When a medic contacts the company, other information will be communicated. Engrave the condition such as diabetes or autism, medications taken or allergy information. Medical staff will better be able to determine if symptoms of an ailment or accident are related. It also prevents misdiagnosis.
    • Step 8

      Once your child has the Medic Alert jewelry, notify your school, caregiver and anyone else who will be with your child. Should there be an emergency, the staff, caregiver or medic will be able to either retrieve the information or pass it on to a medical team. It will help save your child's life.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Medical history information
    • Cloth measuring tape or length of string
    • Tip: When ordering from the medical alert company, always order two. It is inevitable that a child will lose the medical alert jewelry. Having a back-up on hand is wise.

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