Saturday, February 11, 2012

Allergy Badge

A good friend of mine has a daughter with severe food allergies. We're not just talking a few either, she has several. Having just one food allergy puts a parent on alert, but multiple allergies can quickly send any parent into panic mode.  But my friend and her hubby do a great job managing things and making sure no cross-contamination happens at home and birthday parties (we have quite a few in our circle of friends)!  But, I know they still worry and I have always wanted to do something special for them. I toyed with the idea of doing an allergy shirt, but the list of allergies was so extensive and I felt it needed to be more practical than a shirt. I mean, you would either have to wear the same shirt every time or have multiples.  So I devised this plan, which was an offspring of my previous project involving Best Buy Badges. See The Post Here

Anyways, I got to thinking about all the applications an allergy badge could have. You could obviously wear it as a badge, print on sticker paper and have multiple stickers to wear on outings (or places like childcares and nurseries at church),  bagtags, or you could have little business cards made up for your kid ready to hand out to everyone that needs to know this precious information. 

 Printed on sticker paper
 or just used as a badge (info is on reverse).
I designed these badges for the 8 most common food allergies, the reverse side has an info sheet to fill out with vital information about the child: name, allergies, parents, and contact info. I didn't want to put this part on the front, so people who weren't in the need to know category would not have access to your child's name so easily. You can never be too safe these days.

I think that the sticker idea is best for younger kids under 3, since the badge connector could possibly be a choking hazard and young kiddos like to rip stuff off.  I think the badge concept works best for older kiddos until they think it's uncool. The "business card" idea would be for the oldest group of kiddos still not capable of taking charge of their food allergy safety.

I also think this is a great gift idea for those with children with food allergies. Assemble a little gift assortment of badges and stickers like this one... 
which is going to my friends Chris and Jessica! Hope this makes your lives a little easier!

I have included a bigger image for those who would like to use it as a heat transfer, although I am not sure if it will have to be printed in reverse. If you have problems and need it reversed or something, just leave me a comment or an email.

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8 comments:

  1. This is AWESOME! We need to get one of these for K! We only found one similar idea on etsy a while back, but they couldn't fit all the allergies (eeek!). I like that this can go on a child or a backpack...or the sticker idea! All perfect!

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    1. Well, these will be coming your way either tomorrow or Monday!

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  2. These are great! Having several people with food allergies in the family, I know how difficult it is to cope on a daily basis. Its the little "why didn't I think of that" things that make such a difference! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better.

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    1. Will do Charlene! So glad you found me!

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  3. I love this! Found you on Skip To My Lou. Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/02/fun-stuff-fridays-11.html

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  4. These are awesome. I taught preschool for one year (just one...I so didn't get the teaching gene!)...a little one in my class had a combo milk/egg allergy and it was so hard to make sure substitutes and others in & out of my class were aware (even when I posted HUGE notes everywhere!!). This is brilliant.

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  5. I found your site on Pinterest, and I LOVE your allergy badges. What a wonderful idea! My little one has several allergies and I have been looking to make one of these myself to keep him safe.

    I downloaded the second link, but the first link (Badge 1) is taking me to Badge 2. Could you post the first as well?

    Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know. I have corrected the link. Have a great day!

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PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to spend more time with my family, I am NO LONGER taking any special requests for designs. You are welcome to use the free-printables that I have already provided via download links. God Bless!