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Old 03-08-2012, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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I recently had a conversation with a mom whose child has food allergies, and she said she was seriously considering getting her son a medical tattoo. I had never heard of this in children before, but apparently it is a fairly rapidly growing trend particularly in children with Type 1 Diabetes, Allergies, Cardiac Conditions, and any type of implant. This is to replace the traditional medic alert bracelet.

My thoughts on the subject; my son wears a medic alert bracelet. He has outgrown 2, they have never broken. He knows to NEVER take it off. Seems to work for us. More importantly is the lack of privacy this leads to. The discussion seems to stem around "but if it saves my kids life...", personally I think that is not what's going to save a kids life, but it will result in labeling or branding them for life against their will.

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I don't like tattoos of any kind. I too have severe medical issues. Dog tags, bracelets and other ways to identify these conditions have worked for years. I would not permanently mark my child when other alternatives are available. Now if an adult chooses that method- great. But not me and certainly not my child.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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I recently had a conversation with a mom whose child has food allergies, and she said she was seriously considering getting her son a medical tattoo. I had never heard of this in children before, but apparently it is a fairly rapidly growing trend particularly in children with Type 1 Diabetes, Allergies, Cardiac Conditions, and any type of implant. This is to replace the traditional medic alert bracelet.

My thoughts on the subject; my son wears a medic alert bracelet. He has outgrown 2, they have never broken. He knows to NEVER take it off. Seems to work for us. More importantly is the lack of privacy this leads to. The discussion seems to stem around "but if it saves my kids life...", personally I think that is not what's going to save a kids life, but it will result in labeling or branding them for life against their will.

What say you?

Medical tattoos with vital information replacing bracelets for some - HealthPop - CBS News

How tattoos are being used in the medical world - by Sara Lugardo - Helium

Tattoos being used for medical alerts - USATODAY.com
No child tattoos here, medic alert bracelet or neck chain, a card in their wallet, backpack or purse, a medical jump drive specifically for all medical information on it.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:10 AM
 
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I am all about tattoos, i am covered in them personally, but I see this as a VERY VERY horrible idea. Not only about subjecting the child to the pain, but as they grow, the tattoo will become warped and ugly. Just ask the frog on my hip that grew funny when I was pregnant.

But, with that being said, my brother in law (age 20) just got a huge diabetic tattoo on his arm. Which is ironic really because he refuses to take care of his diabetes, so he's in the hospital every other month.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Space Coast
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I definitely would not. Bracelets have been working for a very long time, and I see no reason to change. My daughters can choose to permanently ink their body when they're 18, medical or otherwise.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Asheville NC
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Default I might switch to a neck chain tag.

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I recently had a conversation with a mom whose child has food allergies, and she said she was seriously considering getting her son a medical tattoo. I had never heard of this in children before, but apparently it is a fairly rapidly growing trend particularly in children with Type 1 Diabetes, Allergies, Cardiac Conditions, and any type of implant. This is to replace the traditional medic alert bracelet.

My thoughts on the subject; my son wears a medic alert bracelet. He has outgrown 2, they have never broken. He knows to NEVER take it off. Seems to work for us. More importantly is the lack of privacy this leads to. The discussion seems to stem around "but if it saves my kids life...", personally I think that is not what's going to save a kids life, but it will result in labeling or branding them for life against their will.

What say you?

Medical tattoos with vital information replacing bracelets for some - HealthPop - CBS News

How tattoos are being used in the medical world - by Sara Lugardo - Helium

attoos being used for medical alerts - USATODAY.com
I don't think I would get the tatoo. My husband has the medic alert necklace. It is not so noticible to others as a bracelet. It can be tucked under a t-shirt, and not get hung up during a sport or hands on activity.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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I wouldn't do it personally. Tattoos tend to change shape as people age. Allergies can change with age. I wore a bracelet as a kid. I didn't see it as a big deal. But I would have HATED being tattooed and have it literally branded on my body that something was wrong with me.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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In most states it's illegal to tattoo minors.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Geneva, IL
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In most states it's illegal to tattoo minors.
There are existing medical exemptions for minors. For example tattoos are often used to treat severe vitiligo.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I wouldn't do it personally. Tattoos tend to change shape as people age. Allergies can change with age. I wore a bracelet as a kid. I didn't see it as a big deal. But I would have HATED being tattooed and have it literally branded on my body that something was wrong with me.
Yup
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