The thing about toddlers is that they can't be trusted. I don't even like putting my toddlers down to nap with a sticker on their shirt with the fear that they will shove it in their mouth, start crying, and choke on it. I worried about ID bracelets with charms or other choking hazards. I was also concerned about IDs that would be too easy to remove. One of our challenges is that our asthmatic toddler is an identical twin; we are concerned about him being confused with his twin brother, who does not have reactive airways. I want to be sure that whoever is taking care of our boys knows who O is so they can properly monitor his asthma.
The best way for me to safely alert our childcare providers that O has asthma is the sticker on the back of his shirt. In my blog post "Homemade medical IDs" I show you how I made the stickers for his shirt. I also use ordinary address labels and write "ASTHMA" in a red permanent marker to stick on the back of his shirt. (I keep a sheet of plain address labels in my mini van in case I need to label the kids-- this is actually a great tip for identical twin moms!) Recently the toddlers have taken to ripping stickers off each other's shirt, even stickers on the back of each other's shirt. After our recent asthma scare, I wanted O to have an ID bracelet.
I have already decided against an engraved bracelet-- for now-- because of the cost. I could order him one that simply has his name, birth date, and says "Asthma," leaving off his medications. I will probably do this once he reaches preschool age (or if he has another asthma scare and I freak out and buy one!). For now I bought him an AllerMates Asthma medical ID bracelet and a Vital ID child's wristband.
AllerMates Asthma wristband
Vital ID Kids Medical Wristband
Like the "Are your hands clean?" sign? Check out Touchy Tags! I hung them on bouncy seats, Pack'N'Plays, infant carriers, and their cribs the first year. Now I just have one on each of their stroller seats. We love our Touchy Tags!
Homemade medical IDs
|O's car seat with an Oliver's Labels name badge, Asthma sticker, and homemade medical ID|
|The credential holder in the diaper bag, looped around the strap and tucked in the pocket-- easily accessible without digging through the bag|
|Ziploc of inhalers in the diaper bag complete with a homemade medical ID|
Do you have a medical ID that you can recommend for toddlers?
|The toddlers' bedroom door|