High Alert

Canadian-Made Allergy Alerts
High Alert

Eventually, we have to let them go—to school, to play dates, and eventually, to sleepover camp. It’s a rite of passage made all the more difficult when you’re dealing with allergies.

Stick with a safety plan that works. Allergy alert gear from one of these great Canadian companies may help give you peace of mind as piece-by-piece, our kids become more independent.

Vancouver-based Emily Press Labels offers customizable allergy alerts in the form of bright red (or blue) adhesive labels that are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe. The first line of the label is reserved for your child’s name, the lines below offer space for allergy listings and/or a contact number.

Mabel’s Labels offers all kinds of labels from their Ontario location, and their nut free facility produces UV-resistant allergy identification labels that offer space to list up to six allergies. Available in packs of 20, their alerts adhere to food containers, travel gear and medication tubes.

For slightly older kids, jewellery and sport cuffs may be cool in addition to traditional notification methods. Winnipeg-based Silver Lining Jewels offers a stylishly safe way to keep everyone aware of life-threatening allergies. From beaded bracelets that come in pink, black, purple and white to sport cuffs and sweatbands that offer a discreet spot for personalized allergy and emergency information, the classic MedicAlert bracelet has been given a modern makeover.

Labels that not only spell it out but give you the big picture when it comes to childhood (or adult) allergies can be found through Oakville-based Lovable Labels. Their circular labels use the classic stop sign design and graphics for food warnings, and are available in groupings of 36 labels. Customizable allergy alert/medical alert cuffs (also through Lovable Labels) are sporty, durable, waterproof and come in six colours. 

If your child has a single food allergy, BC’s Blue Bear Aware offers noticeable allergy bracelets for peanut, egg, dairy and seafood allergies, as well as highly-visible badges that can be sewn on coats and jackets. They also offer a line of allergy-identifying T-shirts and auto-injector carriers.

Life is about taking chances, but not when it comes to serious allergies. Help keep your kids in the clear with labels that adhere. Tested by Alison R., Toronto

Tagged under kids, health, safety, allergies
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First published 2011.05.24

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