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Monday, October 01, 2007

My latex-free boy

Our son has a heightened chance of developing a latex allergy (he has spina bifida). To combat this, we treat him as if he already has the allergy (without panic if something latex happens to touch him). We've learned to be on the alert for the innocent-looking-but- evil-latex-lurking-in-the-shadows--or, you know, just making sure we avoid latex where possible.

Latex free (as per websites or contact with customer service representatives):
  • Member's Mark Diapers, from Sam's Club
  • White Cloud Supreme Diapers, from Wal-Mart
  • Parent's Choice Diapers, from Wal-Mart
  • Kids II toys
  • Schleich animal toys
  • Bumbo chairs
  • Nuk oral massager
Not latex free:
  • chewing gum
  • Koosh balls
  • non-Mylar balloons
Good information to have about latex:
  • EVA foam doesn't have natural rubber latex--even though it sometimes is called "foam rubber"
  • "In rare instances, people who are allergic to latex may also react to rubber bands, erasers, rubber parts of toys, various rubber components in medical devices, rubber elastic in clothes, or feeding nipples and pacifiers. Products molded from hard, crepe rubber, such as soles of shoes, are unlikely to cause reactions. Almost all latex paints are not a problem since they do not contain natural rubber latex." from AAAAI
  • American Latex Allergy Association lists


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