Medical ID bracelets, tags, and other forms of identification that can be worn are especially important for children and teens who may need special attention or treatment due to a chronic health condition, developmental disability or other special needs.
Children and teens who have insulin dependent (type one) diabetes are at risk for unexpected diabetic events that can be quickly treated if caregivers or chaperones are aware of them having diabetes.
Since knowledgeable experienced adults and peers may not always be available during the daily adventures or unscheduled outings that occur in every child and teen's life, it is important that supervising adults and first responders can be quickly made aware that unusual behavior or a medical crisis is probably due to diabetes.
Some children and teens prefer to maintain privacy about their medical conditions or resist traditional medical IDs that clash with their fashion sense; others are discouraged from wearing metal jewelry during sports or other extracurricular activities.
American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox who has type one diabetes wore and shared the Hope Paige medical identification and awareness bracelets sent to her by the company after she was hospitalized during the competition. A press release from the company mentioned that finalist Lee Dewyze also wore one during a night of competition to show his support.
Public announcements and awareness activities of celebrities, especially Nick Jonas who has type one diabetes himself, have created a more accepting atmosphere for children and teens who may have been shy or embarrassed to announce that they have diabetes. In recent years, more stylish and functional medical ID bracelets, tags and other items have been developed that provide alerts to first responders without standing out as clunky afterthoughts.
Diabetes and other medical IDS are especially important for children and teens who have developmental disabilities or communication difficulties: in their own neighborhoods and playgrounds; at medical or other evaluations; during travel, or on vacations or when visiting relatives and friends; especially if they tend to wander or run off to explore. Some parents also apply temporary tattoos or write medical and contact information with permanent markers on their child's skin. These are critical safeguards during emergency situations, including severe weather events or natural disasters.
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