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Which children are at risk for developing a latex allergy?
Certain children are more likely to develop latex allergies; for example, if your child requires frequent medical procedures, and therefore is frequently exposed to latex, the risk of an allergy is elevated. Latex allergies are more commonly found in children who have had many surgeries and children with spina bifida or urologic anomalies.
Furthermore, children with allergies to certain common foods are more likely to have latex allergies, because both the foods and latex may have some of the same proteins. Allergies to the following commonly eaten foods may indicate a risk of developing an allergy to latex:
Careful avoidance of latex products may decrease the chances of your child developing a latex allergy.
Which items should be avoided if my child has a latex allergy?
Household products that may contain latex include:
Medical items that may include latex include:
Any item that is light brown and can be stretched may contain latex; replace latex items with items made from vinyl, plastic or silicone.
What steps should be taken to protect a latex-sensitive child in the event of illness or emergency?
Your latex-allergic child should wear a Medic-Alert bracelet, and you should notify all of your child’s caregivers—including dentists, physicians, nurses, teachers, babysitters, friends and family members—if your child:
Further steps to take include:
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