Kids I.C.E. ID tags – we chat to local mum Sam Goodman about her new venture…
I am Sam, as a registered childminder of 11 years, I’ve personally attached tags to the car seats of my “minded children” for many years as it was suggested as “Good practice” by OFSTED. If I had ever been in an accident and had 3 or 4 small children with me who were not my own it would have been a nightmare for the emergency services to try and piece together who they were and who to contact without their names, dates of birth and contact details for their parents. This could be true of grandparents, or friends.
Recently I saw an article on the Lincolnshire Live page and it mentioned that a paramedic had suggested that all children should have their own contact details in a car…… just in case so it got me thinking …. It’s one of those things – statistically it may never be needed – and its is a very much a “Just in case” thing to have for your child but if you were ever unlucky enough to be in a situation where you are unconscious and have children in the car an ID tag would help the first on scene as the information held would lead back to your family and emergency contacts and it would give them vital medical information about lifelong medical conditions, religious conditions for treatment, medication and allergy information.
I obviously started to search the internet for someone who made labels or tags holding bespoke information for individual children. There were stickers…. but having seen a lot of car seats in 31 years of being a mum and 11 years of being a childminder, the scope for fitting a sticker to a car seat in a place where potentially a paramedic may have to have to crawl through wreckage to read up close and then memorise or attempt to write down didn’t seem a great idea. Then I found seatbelt covers – a sleeve that fits over the seatbelt to give specific details about a medical condition – very visual and bright but not very comprehensive in giving detailed information and older children may be embarrassed by having their condition on show rather than tucked away in a subtle manner.
So after a couple of weeks of thinking about it my idea is simple and effective and inexpensive. The tag is simply a piece of card ( A6) printed by me – (easily updated on the update service) with all the information you think, as a parent, the first on scene of an accident would need. The card is housed in a sturdy PVC case and is accompanied by a Red Lanyard clip with a badge clip as an alternative but it MUST be fitted out of sight and securely. The idea behind the lanyard is so it can be attached to the back straps by simply looping the lag through the lanyard – meaning it’s easy to detach as well … either cut free or un no having to get close to read it – it can be removed and taken with the child in the ambulance – saving time and paperwork!
Here’s the bit that makes my tags unique …. They come with a window sticker to be fitted to the inside of the windscreen above the rear view mirror and will alert the emergency services to them being there!! The rest of the time they will be hidden away – no one will know they are there!!
The order process has 3 steps – 1. an order form with questions to get the correct information from you – 2. send a photo ( preferably head and shoulders) and 3 – make payment by paypal or debit/ credit card. This is all done through my website Kidsiceidtags.co.uk.
I’ve just set this up – it’s very new, so if anyone can give feedback or any advice about making the ordering process easier – please let me know !