Florida Peanut Allergy Controversy Shows Need for Medical Identification Bracelets

Mar 24, 2011, 18:06 ET from 352 Media Group

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- One student at Edgewater Elementary School in central Florida is being asked to withdraw from school by her classmates' parents because of her life-threatening peanut allergy.

According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, between 4-8 percent of children and 2 percent of adults are afflicted, and that number is on the rise. From 1997-2007 alone, reported allergies among children under 18 increased by 18 percent.

While children like this 6-year-old Florida girl will never know a life free from allergies, there is an option that can help them, and help others around them, become aware of it.

Medical identification bracelets help protect those afflicted by certain disease or allergies, such as food and drug allergies, diabetes, or high blood pressure, by having their medical information engraved on this jewelry. Hope Paige Designs mixes fashion with function as one of the foremost designers of stylish medical ID bracelets.

"The mistakes that we see when there are reactions in school often have to do with dropping the guard because of lack of education," said Dr. Scott Sicherer, a professor at pediatrics at Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in a Thursday CNN interview. "…[Have] the child wear medical identification jewelry to keep that in mind."

Hope Paige Designs features a variety of medical alert jewelry, including necklaces, key chains, flash drives, and silver, beaded, leather, mesh, or rubber bracelets. These pieces can be custom engraved, whether you need diabetes bracelets, peanut allergy bracelets, or penicillin allergy necklaces. Hope Paige also has variety of awareness jewelry for charities and organizations and is a partner of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and many others.

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