Head off to camps, play dates with allergy wristbands

Bandit Wristbands sell for $6.99 each.
Beware Bandits sell for $6.99 each.

If my kids were younger and had a serious allergy or life-threatening condition, Beware Bandits might be for us.

peanutSummer is a time when kids are heading off to day camps or interacting with different adults and kids.Young kids especially cannot be tasked with reminding adults that they are the kid who is allergic to bee stings or the kid who can’t have dairy or peanuts.

bunchBeware Bandits are latex-free wristbands with nickle-free snaps that have the kids’ allergy or medical condition spelled out as well as a place for an emergency contact number. Each wristband has a character representing the allergy such as Wagon W. Wheaty and the alert words “I am allergic to wheat/gluten.”

There are wristbands for insect stings, diabetes, asthma, penicillin, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, shellfish, soy, fish, gluten and eggs. Kids who need multiple alerts can stack bands on their wrists. Wristbands sell for $6.99 each at Walmart, Target and Whole Foods. bewarebandits.com

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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