Having a child with an allergy or medical condition comes with a whole array of worries for Mums and Dads. As someone who grew up with a bad dairy allergy I can completely empathise with how hard it is to protect your child from the one thing (or many things!) which they can’t have and also how hard it is to ensure the people who are involved in your child’s life understand and remember the importance of your child’s medical need. I came across a product range recently in the pharmacy which struck me as incredibly useful and helpful in this instance and so wanted to share it with you in the hope your little one will suffer less as a result!
Introducing AllerMates wristbands, lunch bags and MediMates wristbands!
I’ll talk you through them but in essence they are a method of helping other parents, teachers, childminders, carers, and even other children to identify that your child has an allergy or medical condition. As I go through the products you can see why this might be useful!
These are awareness bracelets which are absolutely adorable – they come in several different styles (types of allergy) and are bright, attractive and most of all appealing to wear! They are obvious enough that a childminder, teacher or other parent will notice them but cool and trendy enough that your child will be delighted wearing one! On a practical side they are BPA, phthalates, nickel and latex free. They are suitable from two years of age and have three adjustable snaps so should fit most kids from that age right up! Measures 7 inches long. with three adjustable snaps; S=5 3/4″, M=6 1/4″, L=6 3/4″. They come in the following different types:
This helps people to recognise that your child has a tree nut allergy. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, filberts/hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pine nuts, and walnuts. This type of allergy can be severe and can result in an anaphylactic reaction.
This wristband identifies peanut allergy which can also be an extremely severe allergy and can also result in anaphylaxis. It reminds people to check the packagin on your childs food before serving it or at least to prompt caution!
This wristband identifies a dairy allergy. Signs and symptoms of a dairy allergy can range from mild to severe and sometimes include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems. It can also cause a severe anaphylactic reaction.
This highlights a wheat and gluten intolerance and is extremely useful in a creche or school environment as carers often tend to remember the more dramatic nut and dairy allergies but sometimes forget about a child who has an upset tummy due to gluten in their food. This type of intolerance can cause extreme discomfort for a child and if ignored can have significant effects on health with issues such as bloating, cramps and weight loss being common.
This wristband identifies an allergy to penicillin – this can be useful in the scary circumstance that your child is rushed to hospital or the doctors. The medical professional will be able to identify that your child has a penicillin allergy and will administer an antibiotic which is safe for your child if necessary. Paramedics and first aiders are trained to look out for medical alert wristbands such as this one.
This bracelet highlights a shellfish allergy which can cause a severe reaction. This is a useful reminder to family members and care providers to check food packaging and ingredients before feeding your child.
This allergy can cause rash, itching wheezing, vomiting, diarrhoea, and in less common cases, full anaphylaxis. Again this bracelet is important as it highlights the need for your childs care giver to check all packaging for the following: egg white, egg yolk, egg solids/powder, globulin, ovalbumin, livetin, ovoglobulin, ovomucin, ovovitellin, egg albumin, egg lecithin (E322)
Then in addition to the wristbands they do these adorable lunch bags! They are subtle, discreet, and stylish! A child will consider them cool yet they still deliver the most important message to their care giver – “I have allergies!” in either blue or purple/pink or “I am wheat/gluten free!” in green. There is nowhere safer to have this message than on a lunch bag! These are available here: AllerMates Lunch Bags
Top tips on teaching your child to take responsibility for their allergies from AllerMates (www.AllerMates.com) include:
- “Never share food with friends”
- Don’t eat anything unless you know it’s safe
- Read food labels, or have an adult read them first to be sure there are no allergens
- Tell an adult if you start to feel sick or strange after eating
- And of course, every child should know which foods he or she is allergic to and the most common things they can’t eat
- If your child is old enough, he or she should also know how and when to use emergency medication if it is prescribed for them.
There are also MediMates wristbands. These indicate a medical condition so can help your child to get any special care they may need when being minded by others, at school, or my medical professionals. The wristbands available are for Asthma, Autism, Diabetes and Epilepsy. Even if these wristbands just promote empathy and understanding from teachers or carers they are worth having! These are available here : MediMates
I hope you have found this article helpful and if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact me by sending a private message to the WonderBaba facebook page (www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare) or by calling me (Sheena) at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262. I’m always happy to help!