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Rebecca Rose and her two sons, Brayden (left) and Grayson.
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Rebecca Rose and her two sons, Brayden (left) and Grayson.
By Rebecca Rose
Nov. 7, 2013 12:01 a.m.

A couple weeks ago, my son, Grayson, had his six-month doctor's appointment. I had my son, Brayden, 2, in tow as well.

As we waited for the doctor to come in, Brayden went around touching everything in sight. Near the doctor's computer was a tall stack of stickers, which he picked up and spilled all over the floor.

I picked them and noticed they were ID stickers for children that read "CHAD," or "Children Have An Identity."

Curious, I read the back of the sticker. It told the story of a 13-month-old boy named Chad who was involved in a car accident. The driver, a baby-sitter, had been killed. Chad was injured, but no one on the scene knew his identity.

Chad's mother was an emergency room nurse. When he came in, she recognized him and his injuries could be treated.

The ID sticker was created after this incident. It is placed on a safety seat so if the child is involved in an accident, they can quickly be identified and treated.

I took two stickers and put them in my purse and there they sat. I had actually forgotten about them until I came across a story someone had shared on Facebook.

The post read: "Too frequently firefighters come upon a car wreck where the mom is unconscious and there are children in the car who are too young to speak or communicate anything useful to the rescue team.

"ADVICE: Place a sticker on each child's car seat providing information that can help rescuers. Include: child's name & DOB, parent's names, DOB & phone, emergency contact info, child's doctor, any medical issues and any medications."

After reading this, I remembered the handy stickers I had gotten at my pediatrician's office. Tonight, when I get home from work, I plan to put these on our car seats.

I'd like to encourage other parents to do the same. It's such a simple thing to do that could ensure, in a worst-case scenario, that your child gets the help they need right away.

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