​Tattoo Monitors Diabetes For Medical Alert

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June 7, 2010

Tattoo monitors diabetes for medical alert. The problem for most paretns of diabetic children is that wearing the health medical alert bracelet doesn’t always work. Health magazine reader Ruth O’Hara thought a tattoo is a good idea to have the information imprinted on her son’s arm.

“While I understand the intent of the law, and under any other circumstance would not want my child to have a tattoo, I truly believe that a tattoo might well be life saving for a person with a life-threatening disease,” Ruth O’Hara, who has a 12-year-old diabetic son, said in a statement. O’Hara spoke with nurses at her local ER, and they agreed. She was unable to obtain a tattoo in New Hampshire or any of the neighboring states because the law states that one must be over 18, even with parental consent.

Diabetes is a serious disease and when one doesn’t wear their health medical alert bracelet, it can be fatal. However, DiBon Systems of Florida has come up with a new program called “Just 4 U tattoos.” These temporary tattoos are washable and can last for up to five or seven days, or after bathing.

“There’s no harm in getting a tattoo as long as you take the necessary precautions,” S. William Levy, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, said in a statement. “First of all, make absolutely certain that you go to an accredited tattoo artist. Your State Board of Cosmetology may grant certificates to tattoo artists who fulfill the necessary hygienic measures.” The washable tattoos are colorful and come with an assortment of fun backgrounds with the medical alert emblem.

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