*Wish we’d thought of that claxon*
Mum-of-five, Natalie Bell, from Victoria, Australia, was worried about her daughter, Shae, getting in an accident and first responders not knowing about her medical condition.
So she set about creating a seat belt cover for the child that could inform whoever was helping about her condition, if she or her daughter was not able to pass on the information themselves.
Earlier this month, the mum, who runs Personalised By Nat where she creates personalised items, took to the company’s Facebook page to share her design and her reason for creating it.
“I always wonder what would happen if I was in a car accident with my daughter in the car and I was unable to let the doctors know that my daughter could not have a MRI due to having a cochlear implant, now I don’t need to worry about that with these seat belt covers,” she wrote.
“These can be made for any special needs that the medical team will need to know if you are unable to tell them.”
Overnight, the idea went viral and Bell received thousands of comments from parents praising the idea as well as requests for a similar seat belt cover from all over the globe.
“My husband is part of Fire and Rescue and said that this is a brilliant idea,” one user wrote.
“Such a valuable piece that provides a lot of information clearly so that personal involved can approach situations with knowledge and care.”
“This is a phenomenal idea,” another agreed. “Both as a first responder and father of a deaf child whoever came up with this simple idea needs cudos.”
“That is absolutely brilliant, I applaud whomever came up with that idea,” yet another user commented.
“I’ve known people with special needs children and the kids can often times have difficulty with strangers, even if it’s someone trying to help. This certainly can help put a parents mind at ease.”
The covers, which cost $15 (approx £8), can be easily attached to seat belts or other places like backpack straps.
Although Natalie’s daughter is deaf and her cover explains that, the covers can be made for a variety of different health issues including autism, diabetes, down syndrome, with other covers explaining that a child is non-verbal or may resist help.
Since going viral, Natalie has revealed that she has been “overwhelmed” by the interest in her product: "These children might have a medical bracelet but those are quite small. So I thought this is something emergency services would notice straight away,” she told Daily Mail.