I have been in the market for an allergy alert bracelet for my son for the last few years. As soon as he was old enough to be away from me for any stretch of time, I knew this was something we should be on the look out for. The problem was that I looked for ID bracelets and medical bracelets, but I just couldn’t find something that fit perfectly for us.
Until I saw Allerbling.
The name alone intrigues you to see what it is! I had to check it out! What I discovered is that Allerbling is a customizable allergy alert bracelet that is perfect for even some of the youngest that suffer from food allergies. It serves as a reminder about food allergies, but also as a conversation starter, to make people more aware of people with allergies that they may have to deal with. Its orange band and bright charms lure people into asking questions and it gives the wearer confidence to show a bracelet when they may be too shy to speak up themselves.
The full Allerbling comes as a set with 2 orange, latex-free bands (like a Livestrong band) and 9 charms (1 medic alert and 8 of the top allergens). You can customize it to your child’s specific food allergies. You can even order additional charms if your child only has one or tow allergies (to avoid blank space on the bracelet) or if your child has an allergy that is not in the top 8 (wheat, eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish and shellfish). They are gender neutral, so a boy or a girl could wear them proudly.
It is recommended for children ages 3 and up, since the charms can are a choking hazard for children younger than 3. However, you can order sizes XS or XL on their website as well.
This has been such a great talking point for Jonathan. When I first gave it to him, he was so excited and he made sure he showed it to everyone. He even took it off for bedtime, so that he wouldn’t mess it up! I did have to insist that he wear it all of the time, though, in case something happened in the middle of the night. In a rescue situation, if we could not be consulted or located, I wanted someone to be able to know what (or what not!) to feed him. Something no one wants to talk about, but it was definitely a concern that needed to be addressed!
I asked Jonathan what he liked about his Allerbling bracelet and he said, “I like it because the company gave it to me.”
OK. So he’s 4. Upon more prompting, I asked him if he liked showing it to other people so they could know what he could and could not eat. He said, with great enthusiasm, “YES!!!!” and then he ran outside to help daddy rake the leaves.
From a mom’s standpoint, I love it. As he gets older and is at school more and more and at places that I may not always be, I have a little more peace of mind, knowing that there’s ONE MORE reminder, to people that he comes in contact with. It seems that no matter how much we tell people and make them aware, there are still some that always forget. That’s not to rag on them or anything, especially when you’re dealing with a kid with multiple food allergies. You just have to remind people as much as you can. And Allerbling is a great way to do that.
I received a full Allerbling kit, free of charge. I was not paid for my review and my opinions are my own. And Jonathan’s, whatever that’s worth!