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  • How Can Medical Jewelry Save Lives?

    With so many medical advances, people are more fully aware of the problems that they have and how to prevent them. For instance, drugs and medications have come a long way in just the last ten years. However, not everyone can handle the drugs the same way, and people may have allergies to commonly used drugs. People also have diagnoses about disorders they have as well that are not always familiar to the general public. No matter what the medical condition is, it is important to have a way to tell emergency responders if you are rendered unconscious or unable to communicate.

    Medical jewelry is the very best solution for all of these problems. These come in all kinds of designs and with custom inscriptions engraved onto them so that you can list exactly what is wrong. Many even allow more than one problem to be listed so that you can just use one piece of jewelry. Wearing these can be very important and save a life. If you are wondering how important these really can be, here are some examples of what would require the use of a piece of medical jewelry.

    Common Conditions
    Epilepsy: Seizures can hit at any time, and communicating with someone during one is next to impossible. Having some sort of trinket on the person that says they have epilepsy can be extremely helpful to anyone who is trying to help. Many times people are on medications already and doctors or anyone treating the person needs to know what medication that is so they know how to best treat them and how best to not treat them. Depending on the state, people with epilepsy can drive under certain requirements. If an accident occurs from a seizure, this can really help out emergency responders.
    Epilepsy Symbol
    Allergies: Food allergies are becoming increasingly common with an estimated 15 million Americans living with them. It is also estimated that 1 in every 13 children has these allergies as well. More allergies include insects, medications, and even latex. Children can rarely tell people about their allergies when they are young. Wearing a piece of jewelry for everyone to see can help save their life because people will know that they cannot eat certain items when you are not around. Some places you may not be are school, with a babysitter, or even at a birthday party. Not only can they serve as a reminder, but it can alert medical personnel that an allergy attack may be occurring if something is wrong. One woman only had her kids wear them when they were away from her, but after a minor car accident she was filling the emergency responders in on her kids’ allergies. The worker inquired about medical bracelets or jewelry of some type and said if she had been unconscious, they would have no idea. Have children always wear their jewelry to help them stay safe.
    Peanut Allergy
    Diabetes: Approximately 25.8 million of the adults and children living in the United States have diabetes. When blood sugar gets too low, the person can become unresponsive, have a seizure, or even go into a coma in extreme cases. These all render the person unable to explain what is happening to them, even if they knew before suffering from the symptoms. If blood sugar gets too high the person can have blurry vision, become confused, or even feel extremely tired or weak. Treatment for either of these scenarios requires quick attention and some action, but these symptoms alone are not obviously diabetes to most people. Having a way to communicate can help before something more severe happens.
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    Ways to Help

    In order to have a positive experience with this type of medical jewelry, there are a few suggestions most people have. Find some jewelry that is stylish to the person who will be wearing it. If the person thinks it is ugly, makes them feel different, or just plain old do not like it, they are not going to wear it. This is especially true or children and teens. Getting more than one is also a good idea so they have something to pick that they like or matches their outfit each day.

    Another common suggestion is to just make putting it on part of the morning routine. Most parents or individuals have a set routine of things they check for each day. Do they have their lunch? The car keys? Backpacks or purse? Work to make sure that putting on a piece of medical jewelry becomes natural and just part of getting ready each day. This will ensure more success in wearing it all the time so it is there when you need it.

  • Fun Alternative Easter Basket and Easter Egg Treats for Children with Food Allergies or Diabetes That Wear Medical ID Bracelets

    If your child has food allergies or diabetes, we know that putting together Easter baskets and Easter egg hunts requires some creative thinking because your child may not be able to tolerate the traditionally high-sugar and often-times allergy filled treats that accompany Easter time. Many parents opt to find a variety of options besides chocolate and sugar candy to make the Easter holiday fun for their children despite being deprived of the sugary-treats.

    With the holiday just around the corner and a large selection of our Children’s medical ID Bracelets on sale, we thought we’d share some fun and affordable alternatives to stuff Easter baskets and eggs.

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  • Precautions for Managing Your Child’s Food Allergies at School, Including Wearing Medical ID Jewelry

    Preparing to send a child to school with food allergies is a scary and sometimes overwhelming venture.  The goal is to try to control your child’s environment as best as possible.  In this article, we summarize key precautionary steps you can take to have influence over the school environment.  It’s worth noting, that while reviewing other blogs on the subject, we’re struck that a majority leave out the explicit importance of adding medical ID jewelry to your child’s food allergy safety plan.

     

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  • Wearing Medical Alert Jewelry is Critical for Proper Medical Care in An Emergency

    Photo of a Medical Alert Id Jewelry and Bracelet

    Medical alert jewelry is a simple and effective way to get you immediate and proper medical care and to save your life in the event of an emergency.

    If you were in an emergency, first responders need to know if there is a serious or chronic medical condition involved that requires special medical attention.

    Medical alert and medical ID jewelry will alert first responders and bystanders to your medical condition thereby enabling the appropriate care. All medical personnel are trained to look for medical ID jewelry. In a serious medical situation, time is of the essence and can be the difference between life and death.

    There are many medical conditions that should be immediately known to first responders, such as:

    • - Diabetes
    • - Food Allergies
    • - Implants like pacemakers
    • - Severe Asthma
    • - Epilepsy and seizure disorders
    • - Drug Allergies
    • - Shunts for dialysis patients
    • - Alzheimer’s
    • - Bee Sting Allergies
    • - Coronary heart disease
    • - Renal Failure
    • - Transplant Surgery
    • - People on blood thinners
    • - Mentally disabled
    • - Cancer patients
    • - Person’s having bariatric surgery

    Everyone with a serious medical condition should wear a medical alert bracelet. Medical alert / ID bracelets are designed to be noticed by trained personnel. It’s important to note that both medical alert necklaces and bracelets are considered appropriate ID tools by the medical profession. Emergency personnel are trained to check any jewelry on your person to see if it is medical id jewelry. However, its been documented that EMTs always look for bracelets first.

    Additionally, depending on the type of activity you are engaged in, you may consider a different choice of medical alert and medical ID jewelry. For example, if you normally wear an ID necklace and you’re heading to the mountains to go skiing, it’s advisable to switch to an ID bracelet, as first responders would not have to dig through so many upper-body clothing layers to find your ID necklace.

    The information contained on your medical alert jewelry is just as important as actually wearing your alert jewelry on a regular basis.

    Here’s an example of the type of core information that must be included on your medical ID jewelry:

    • - The Star of Life symbol
    • - Statement of your type of medical (and if you take insulin)
    • - Food or drug allergies
    • - Prescription information
    • - In-case-of-emergency (written as ICE) contact number information
    • - Add anything else paramedics must know, including noting any implants (e.g., pacemaker or insulin pumps that shouldn't go in an MRI scanner)

    In recent years, medical ID jewelry has come a long way in terms soft of looks. Gone are the days of the standard stainless steel bracelets.  Fashionable jewelry styles are available for women, men and children that look great and allow for variety, but still convey the vital life-saving information medial alert jewelry was originally designed to do. If you have a medical condition that requires alert jewelry there really is no reason not to be wearing one with so many styles and options available on the market today.

    At N-Style ID we've created hundreds of fun and fashionable medical alert jewelry for men, women and children.

  • Tips for Planning a Safe and Fun Halloween for Your Child With Food Allergies

    Photo of carved pumpkins on HalloweenJust because your child has a food allergy, it doesn’t mean that your child can’t have a safe and fun-filled Halloween. With advanced planning and some creative thinking, celebrating Halloween with your child can still be a blast.

    Reading labels, staying vigilant and being mindful of alternatives to traditional Halloween revelry (and treats!), are critical for a safe and healthy Halloween for children with food allergies.

    When it comes to reading labels, at Halloween it can be a challenge because the mini-sized treats don’t usually have the ingredients listed, rather the ingredients are listed in the large bag that the mini-candies come in. Also, with miniature candy, often times the ingredients are slightly off from their larger non-Halloween packaged counter parts.

    Knowing that the majority of child food allergies stem from peanuts, milk, shellfish, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, soy and strawberries, have a look at the most popular candy and chocolate on the market. A vast majority of Halloween candy contains one or more of the ingredients that cause children’s food allergies.

    Always stay away from any treats that contain the following:

    - Chocolates (milk, eggs)
    - Candy or chocolate with caramel (contains milk)
    - Candy & chocolate with nuts
    - Candy bars with cookie centers, like Twix and Kit-Kats (wheat)
    - Licorice, Twizzlers and Tootsie Rolls (wheat)
    - Any candy or chocolate that contain strawberries

    Safe candy actually does exist at Halloween. Look for:

    - Dots Life Savers
    - Gummies
    - Dum Dum Suckers
    - Skittles
    - Starburst
    - Jelly Beans, Mike & Ikes
    - Nerd’s and most types of gums

    If you’re ultimately not up for the ensuing battle of taking candy away from your child after an evening of trick-or-treating, but don’t want to take the Halloween experience away from your child, many experts suggest that you take the time to deliver non-candy “goodie-bags” to your neighbors so they can give then to your child when she gets to their home.

    Items to consider including in the goodie-bags can be simple yet totally enjoyable for your child: glow sticks, temporary tattoos, small toys, puzzles, practical joke toys, stickers etc.

    While all the emphasis may be focused on keeping your child safe from dangerous treats, its important to remember that part of keeping them safe at Halloween, is to focus their attention away from the candy-filled side of this holiday. Here are some great “distractions” and alternative fun during the Halloween season:

    - Focus the emphasis of the holiday on planning and creating their unique Halloween costumes
    - Go all out and involve them in great Halloween decorations for the house
    - Design a Halloween themed scavenger hunt -- Your child and their friends can go door-to-door in search of the scavenger hunt items instead of candy
    - Throw an over-the-top hunted house party on Halloween night and invite all of your children’s friends over.
    - Have your child “run” the hunted house to provide her an exciting responsibility

    Regardless of how you end up spending your Halloween, for your own peace of mind always remember to carry antihistamine and epinephrine (be sure to have it at your child’s school too, especially during Halloween), and if your child doesn’t already wear one, a medical ID bracelet is mandatory for proper care in the event of an emergency.

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