Hi! My name is Avram, and I live in NY with my beautiful wife and 8 amazing children. I worked for a tech company for 18 years until as the CEO, I sold it in 2014. As you can tell, much of my time today is spent trying to make the world a safer place for food allergy children… whether it’s blogging as “AllerDad” or developing my hi-tech food allergy bracelet called AllerGuarder. My perspective on food allergies is unique. My first 4 children don’t have food allergies… and 3 out of my last 4 do. So I’ve worn both shoes… those of a “regular” parent and those of a food allergy parent. I kind of know how both think and try to keep both perspectives in mind with my food allergy blog and the AllerGuarder bracelet/app.
About my blog
There are lots of food allergy blogs out there… and they’re terrific. I started blogging because I felt I had a unique perspective as a parent who first experienced raising kids without food allergies and then raising kids with food allergies — and specifically as a very involved food allergy dad. Whether it be the latest food allergy statistics, food allergy news, or food allergy research and education, I want to share my perspective. Food allergy awareness is important, and even though my kids have peanut allergies, tree nut allergies and sesame allergies, there are so many parents dealing with dozens of other food allergies and I care about their perspectives too. How do mothers deal with a dairy allergy in an infant? What’s it like taking care of an egg allergy baby? What are the key things to look out for when a child has a fish allergy? What are the differences between celiac disease symptoms versus gluten intolerance symptoms? Sometimes I may blog about food allergy deaths, while other times I might blog about the search for food allergy cures. What cream’s work for my child’s food allergy rash and how do others treat their children with allergy induced eczema? What are the latest allergy-safe foods and do kids find them yummy? My blog is about everyone with food allergies and food sensitivities, and my goal is to share many perspectives through guest blogs and more general topics. My food allergy blog works best when it’s interactive. Please comment and please reach out to me if you wish to post a guest blog. I hope you enjoy and I hope it helps!
Why am I so involved with food allergies? It all started with a text message from our pediatrician…
We had brought our two older children in for their regular food allergy tests. We did not expect that they had outgrown their food allergies (they were only 7 and 5 years old at the time), but hoped that their allergies had weakened in strength.
That text message from the pediatrician was a rude awakening. Their allergies had gotten worse. Understanding that we were now in the battle for the long haul, we immediately changed our focus to prevention… Our passion became protecting our kids from contact with the allergens that they are allergic to, wherever they may be.
What was our fear as parents of allergic kids? What kept us up at night? Just like other allergy parents, we know that too many people do not understand food allergies and do not appreciate that the smallest amount of an allergen, even if included in a complete food product, might cause disastrous results. The chocolate with hazelnuts at a relative’s house, the birthday cake with traces of almonds at a birthday party, the chicken with sesame at a restaurant—those were the things that petrified us (and still do). In fact, our daughter recently had an allergic reaction at a playdate when she was accidentally given peanut butter cookies.
My invention AllerGuarder was born out of necessity.
How could we build awareness to the widespread food allergy problem and help with the prevention of food allergy reactions? For our kids to be safe we needed to prevent allergic reactions by raising the awareness of those around them. There was no effective food allergy warning system on the market… so I invented it. With an unbelievable team of moms, dads, and technologists — people who either have food allergies, have kids with food allergies, or have relatives and close friends with food allergies—we created AllerGuarder, a Bluetooth-enabled food allergy bracelet that warns those who have downloaded the free AllerGuarder food allergy app that an allergic person is within close proximity. The app also provides details as to the specific foods the bracelet wearer is allergic to and whether the allergies are triggered by ingestion, touch, or airborne. It also allows trusted friends to view private information about the food allergy sufferer, such as name and emergency contact information.
There are 15 million Americans with food allergies. 3 million kids. They all need the AllerGuarder bracelet. Their friends, family members, teachers, therapists, and acquaintances all need to download the free AllerGuarder App.