Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Come into the club - Food Allergy Wristbands

So lets say little Johnny came to you asking for a medical alert tattoo, and you stopped him in his tracks. What other options are there out there for temporary medical alert bracelets. Just when I thought I had covered all the options, I discovered yet another one...the plastic wristband.

That's right, the plastic wristbands you used to get when you entered a night club back in the day, or the ones you get when you go into a concert that say you are old enough to drink. (Trust me, I am...) Or even the ones you get sometimes when you get checked into the hospital.

Little did I know that plastic wristbands come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. They can be black, white or red, have photos or crazy designs. They can even say Allergic to Nuts, Do Not Feed, or you can customize them yourself. These amazing products even come in a material called tyvek.

Ok, I know I have now piqued your curiosity. What in the world is tyvek you ask.......well let me tell you.

According to Wikipedia

Tyvek (TIE-veck) is a brand of flashspun high-density polyethylene fibers, a synthetic material; the name is a registered trademark of the DuPont Company. The material is very strong; it is difficult to tear but can easily be cut with scissors or any other sharp object. Water vapor can pass through Tyvek, but not liquid water, so the material lends itself to a variety of applications: medical packaging, envelopes, car covers, air and water intrusion barriers (housewrap) under house siding, labels, wristbands, mycology, and graphics. Tyvek is sometimes erroneously referred to as "Tyvex."

Aren't you glad you asked?

Ok, enough of my diversion into random knowledge. Here were some of my favorite wristbands, and where you can find them.

First there are the yellow owl Do Not Feed wristbands.

They are bright, cheerful and have that cute little owl on them.

Then of course there are the bright red allergy alert bracelets, that are not quite as cute, but certainly get the message across.

This website also has the option of the custom plastic wristbands where you can write whatever you want to attach to your child's wrist. Your imagination is the limit.
So, next time you want to inform anyone that your child is a VIP in the food allergy club, try out these cool plastic wristbands.

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