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Friday, June 17, 2011

Children Have An iDentity (CHAD)

Imagine for a second that you had a thirteen-month-old baby boy.  We'll call your pride and joy "Chad" for the time being.  His smile could light up an entire room and his cry can wake up an entire sleeping house at 3:00 a.m.   He was your pride and joy.  He was your flesh and blood.  He was the "world your world revolves around, your sacred piece of solid ground, the flesh and bone that gives you strength to stand." - Or something like that.

Now, let's take this thouchy-feely story one step further and imagine for just a minute that Chad's babysitter was driving down the road with Chad properly secured in his child seat in the vehicle's rear passenger seat.  Imagine that while driving down the road they were involved in a tragic accident that resulted in the death of the babysitter, but Chad's car seat saved his life.  As sad as this is, aren't you thankful that Chad was properly secured in the vehicle?

Unfortunately,  this not-so-pretend story doesn't end there.  Imagine now that in spite of taking all of the proper precautions Chad was injured but no one at the scene could identify him because he seemed to have no direct ties to the babysitter.  As horrible as that sounds, this actually happened to a non-imaginary baby named Chad.  Fortunately, an emergency room nurse recognized the baby and they were able to quickly locate his parents and treat his injuries. 

The good news is that there are ways to prevent this same scenario from playing out with your child getting caught in the middle of it.  Several kinds of identification stickers are available to place on car seats with improtant information about the child and important contact information.  One such program is the CHAD program, named after baby Chad; CHAD stickers are available at no cost* at our office or at the Whitley County Hands Program office.  Other similar programs also include W.H.A.L.E stickers (We Have A Little Emergency) and other stickers that are made and sold to consumers on the internet and at some stores.

How does it work?  You simply put the sticker on the car seat (not the base, but the car seat itself) so that this identifying information goes wherever the child goes in a vehicle.  Not only can emergency workers find this information at the scene of any unfortunate accident, but injured children are often transported to the hospital in their child restraint seat, meaning that the information could even follow the child to the hospital if someone at the scene misses it.

This solution is simple.  This solution is free*.  This solution is fast; it takes less than five minutes to pick up the sticker, fill it out, and adhere it to the seat permanently.  There is no reason for you to not participate in this or some similar program, so call our office at 606-549-4811 today  for more information, or simply stop by for your free* sticker.  The truth is that you will probably be fine without this sticker and you will hopefully never be touched by a situation similar to that of baby Chad, but why take a chance when you have a simple, free, fast solution to prevent the fear, delays in treament and panic that could be associated with this all-too-common problem.

As always, our office could be fined $100 by our licensing board if I don't clarify that "*You have the right to rescind, within seventy-two (72) hours any obligation to pay for services performed in addition to this free or discounted service."  Now you know, but rest assured we're not planning on selling you anything else.  We simply want you to pick up a sticker that could save you a lot of trouble somewhere down the road.  And while you're at it, let me put my Child Passenger Safety Technician training and certification to use by checking your car seat to ensure that it is properly installed.  This seat check is free* too. . . but remember that the above legal mumbo jumbo about a right to rescind also applies to free* car seat inspections.


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