If you’re the parent of (or have ever parented) a young child, you probably know the heart-dropping, mind-numbing terror of losing your little one in a public place.
You’ve sworn you took your eyes off them for just one second, and when you looked back down, they were gone! And particularly if your child has ASD, you may find them slipping out of your sight far too frequently.
But now there’s a solution for parents who worry about being in this situation: temporary tattoos!
The idea is, you apply these waterproof, hypoallergenic tattoos and write your phone number in a little space with a provided marker. If your child does wander off and get lost, they can find your number printed on their arm and call you.
If your child does not have a phone, cannot read numbers, or is nonverbal, helpful strangers who have found your child can contact you, as well.
And depending on the brand and type, these tattoos can last from a day to a couple of weeks.
Another plus is that kids love them. They come in a variety of designs for boys, girls, and both genders. And if you believe helping hands should know that your child has autism, there are designs for that, too.
This is a great idea for children with ASD, especially since children on the spectrum tend to wander (and inadvertently put themselves in danger). However, it could prove helpful for parents of neurotypical children as well.
If you’d like to purchase some of these tattoos, there are two brands, namely:
Parents: what’s your strategy for keeping tabs on your wandering child? Let us know in the comments!
A. Stout received a Bachelor of Arts in Writing through Grand Valley State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. In addition to being a passionate autism advocate, she is a member of various fandoms, a study abroad alumna, and an animal lover. She dreams of publishing novels and traveling all over the world someday.