Medical identification bracelets are an essential precaution for children who have illnesses, take medication or have potentially fatal allergies. In case of an emergency in which the child is, for some reason, unable to speak, the medical ID bracelet will inform any attending medical professionals of the child's conditions. The bracelet can help eliminate unnecessary testing, misdiagnosing or the administration of incorrect medications. You might be a parent who cannot afford a bracelet for your child, but with a little of research and inquiry, you can easily find a way to have a bracelet donated.
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Research local and national children's hospitals and foundations online. Many hospitals and foundations offer free bracelets. The MedicAlert Foundation and the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, for example, offer free bracelets for children.
Visit the hospital's or foundation's website, and contact them by e-mail or phone to inquire about ordering a free bracelet. Visit the MedicAlert Foundation's website at medicalert.org, or call (800) 432-5378. Visit the Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation's website at diabeteswellness.net, or call (202) 298-9211.
Discuss all the information regarding your child's conditions with hospital or foundation representatives. They will help you figure out what essential information should be on the bracelet, as well as the proper way things should be worded or abbreviated. They also will provide instructions for measuring and sizing your child's wrist. They might want you to send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for shipping the bracelet to help minimise their costs.
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