By Andrea Brown Herald Writer
It’s horrifying getting separated from your kid in a crowd.
Yet it happens all the time.
Parents get distracted. Kids wander off.
Panic sets in.
Baltimore mom Michele Welsh was overwhelmed when she took her three small children to a busy theme park, So, she wrote her cell number on their arms with a ballpoint pen. Just in case.
The ink smeared so she had to redo it several times. Still, other parents noticed and said it was a great idea.
She created a line of waterproof tattoos, SafetyTat, in bright and fun designs, such as rockets and butterflies.
The tattoos begin with “If lost, please call …” Kits come with special pens to fill in phone numbers. Parents can create custom tattoos online with printed phone numbers and smartphone QR codes.
The temporary tattoos are easy to adhere and stay on until properly removed.
Safety Tat products include tattoos that list allergies or medical alerts for children to wear when going places without their parents, such as to birthday parties, field trips and camps. There is space on the tattoo to specify the allergy.
“Insanely useful” is how one blogger described SafetyTat.
Other companies also market identity and medical tattoos.
You might want to pick some up for your parents, too.
For more information see www.safetytat.com.
Andrea Brown; 425-339-3443; firstname.lastname@example.org
Going to a theme park or crowded festival? Here are some tips to keep kids safe.
Have a game plan: Talk about what to do if someone gets lost — stay put or find a park worker or another mother with children.
Take a photo of each child to show what they’re wearing. That makes it easier to spot if separated.
Stand out in the crowd. Distinguish your family from others by wearing bright colors or patterns or matching shirts. Tie a balloon or ribbon to the stroller.
Do not put your child’s name on the safety tattoo. You don’t want strangers to know your child’s name.