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A medical alert bracelet (also known as a medical ID) is a piece of jewelry that contains important details about your medical condition. In an emergency, first responders and medical staff can look at this item to learn about your medical condition. Sometimes the medical ID may be a necklace or ankle bracelet.
A medical ID is helpful for children and other people who may not be able to tell medical staff about their condition. The bracelet can include alerts about such topics as:
Your care team might recommend that your child wear a medical alert bracelet. It is a good idea for your child to wear it all times.
Look for a bracelet that includes the universal medical alert symbol. You can get a bracelet that has one condition, or several conditions printed on it, or you can get a medical ID product engraved just for you.
Talk to your child’s care team about where to find bracelets in your area. You can also find them online.
Other types of medical ID products include bracelets, bangles, necklaces, watch attachments, dog tags, cell phone attachments, charms, key chains, and cards. If you have questions, reach out to your child’s care team.
Reviewed: May 2022