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CT mom starts company to help kids with food allergies, makes medical wristbands

Allergy rates are on the rise throughout the world, especially among kids.

Bonnie Bester, entrepreneur and mother of three children, created her business Allergy Kids in 2010, after battling with her youngest child's constant exposure to food allergens.

My youngest daughter was very allergic, soy intolerant and borderline immune deficient. So, basically, for the first year of her life she was just sick.

Bonnie Bester, founder of Allergykids

Bester said she often had to make difficult decisions regarding family events and holidays, as her daughter could not enjoy the same foods as her older siblings.

Allergy Kids became an online research platform for local parents and an exchange of ideas for alternative foods for children with allergies.

The business has now grown and Bester developed allergy wristbands to raise awareness which are retailed at Pick 'n Pay pharmacies.

When you see the blue and white wristband, eventually, you will recognise it as an allergy, know to check immediately and become more aware of the child's allergies.

Bonnie Bester, founder of Allergykids

It's for the teachers, for other parents with kids on play dates and outings too.

Bonnie Bester, founder of Allergykids

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