Kristen - posted on 12/05/2009
My daughter was tested and does not have any latex allergies, but she is still on latex precautions. Some the things that were on the list to watch out for that the nurse gave us were: regular balloons (only buy the mylar ones(shiny ones)), bandaids with latex with in them, rubber bands, any tape that might have latex in it; esp. duct or electrical, because of the shiny surface; basically anything that has/might have latex in it. You need to start looking at the labels of things very carefully. These are the only things I can think of off the top of my head; there are many more, too. For the whole list, I would ask the nurse at the hospital you go to to give you one.
Karen - posted on 09/22/2009
The American Latex Allergy Association
Provides resources for people allergic to natural rubber latex, including latex free alternative product lists, informational packets, support groups, and a newsletter.
Alice - posted on 06/20/2009
Hmm, I don't think I do actually, I have a small support group here in NZ, but I don't know of anyone in Oz. For feeding we used some spoons from the warehouse actually, they came in a set of maybe six with forks as well, they were multi coloured and easy to use, and not made of latex!
I freaked out a little at first too, I just imagined never letting him play with balls for fear of what may be in them. But I've calmed down a little on that one now.
Tabatha - posted on 06/12/2009
That's helped so much. i was just freaking out ,my 5 month is close to solids and i don't know if the spoons have latex in it and to make it worst i was given a fact sheet about latex and lists items that may be in your household. this listed things i didn't even think of - for an example some face paints, nappys. what did u use for feeding? also on an other note i see u are in NZ do u know anyone in Australia that has a child with sb?
Alice - posted on 05/28/2009
Well a lot of usual medical equipment contains it so make sure anyone treating your child, even dentists are alerted to the fact, which I'm sure you already know, other household things such as balloons, some balls, disposable nappies, pacifiers, bottle nipples, elastic waistbands, rubber bands, shower curtains, rubberized bed sheets, bandages and even some shoes.
The most common type of allergy creates a red, itchy, crusty rash. It develops at the site of latex contact one to two days after exposure and doesn't really spread to other parts of the body.
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