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Some children may have contact sensitivity to latex causing them to develop an itchy, bumpy red rash where they have skin contact with latex. Other children may have an actual allergy to latex. Reactions can be seen when products made from latex come in contact with the child's skin, mucous membranes in the mouth, genitals, bladder, or rectum, or the bloodstream (during surgery). Some children may also react when blowing up a rubber balloon or breathing in powder from the inside of latex gloves. When a child with a latex allergy comes in contact with a latex product, the following symptoms may occur:
Severe reactions with difficulty breathing or faintness require emergency treatment. The symptoms of a latex allergy may look like other medical conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
Some children are more likely to become latex sensitive. These are children who have frequent exposure to latex from medical procedures, including:
All of the items used at Cincinnati Children's are latex safe.
Some hospitals may have items that may contain latex. These include:
Any item that is light brown and can be stretched may contain latex. The items that are listed can be replaced with items made from vinyl, plastic, or silicone.
Many items at home and in the community may contain latex. These include:
Foods that contain some of the same proteins as latex include:
Your child's caregivers include dentists, physical / occupational therapists, physicians and nurses, teachers, daycare providers and babysitters, and friends and family members. Call your doctor or the Allergy Division at Cincinnati Children's if you have other questions
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