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5 Reasons Child IDs are a Good Idea


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Medical Emergencies
Child ID cards are particularly helpful during medical emergencies.
Child ID cards are particularly helpful during medical emergencies.
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Not all cards are created equal. In addition to basic identifying personal information such as name, address, height, weight, eye and hair color, some child ID services also offer fingerprints, tooth prints, DNA swabbing, organ donor information and medical information. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional injuries -- burns, drowning, falls, poisoning, car or bike-related injuries and suffocation -- were the leading cause of death in children (infants to 19-year-olds) between 2000 and 2006. An ID card can be a lifesaver in an emergency by providing important medical information, including allergies and other medical concerns, emergency contacts and even a medical release signature to first responders, law enforcement or others in the event of an injury or accident.


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