Allergy-Conscious Mom Launches AllerMates -For Kids With Allergies

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Parents of children with asthma can now breathe easier knowing their children are better protected with “Puffer,” the latest bright, fun, kid-friendly wristband in the AllerMates® collection of allergy and health alert products. Kids wear the wristbands, dog tags and stickers to alert the people around them – at school, on the playground, in daycare and at others’ homes – of their allergy and health ailments.  Available August 14, 2012 – just in time for back-to-school – “Puffer” joins 14 other fun, original characters that represent the most common allergies and kids’ health issues: peanut, nut, gluten/wheat, milk, egg, shellfish, penicillin, insect sting, latex, pollen, fish, soy, sesame and cat.

Wearing an AllerMates “Puffer” wristband might make a teacher, coach or other caregiver more attentive and responsive to a child’s asthma needs. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of “Puffer” products will be donated to asthma research.

Iris Shamus, a mother of a child with multiple food allergies, was frustrated by the lack of allergy-related kid-friendly products so she took action and created AllerMates, a line of bright, fun, whimsical character-driven wristbands, dog tags and lunch boxes that young children would happily embrace. In addition to providing comfort and security, she wanted the products to provide a level of positive feeling for kids.
AllerMates products are hypo-allergenic, nickel and latex free and have passed rigorous safety standards and testing. The wristbands are adjustable and fit most children. The AllerMates website ( offers both parents and children easy to read and understand tips, facts and general information about allergies as well as lots of fun games and activities based on the line of AllerMates characters. The website also has a fully functional social community allowing its members free and easy interaction and sharing of the latest blogs, news, videos and information within the allergy community. 

Product Offerings:

  • Wristbands – $6.99 each
  • Dog Tags – $6.99 each
  • Dog Tag Necklace – $3.99
  • Lunch Bag – $19.98
  • Stickers (24) $5.99

AllerMates products are available seasonally at Walgreens for back-to-school and Halloween. Products can also be purchased at, and independent retailers throughout the U.S.


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