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Re: students with latex and other allergies

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Connie Robbins-Brady (crobbins_brady)
Sat, 27 Nov 1999 15:50:41 -0800 (PST)

Those of us who work with students who have "LATEX" allergies: please be aware that
"Latex" and "Rubber" are one and the same!! Latex/Rubber allergies are becoming
more common among children who have Spina Bifida, as well as anyone who is
frequently in contact with the product, health care workers, etc.

Latex/Rubber is found in many other items besides gloves too: balls, erasers,
balloons, tires on bikes, rubber bands, etc etc.

If a student needs gloves to complete his or her project, synthetic or plastic
gloves are easily obtainable. Food service workers often have them in the kitchen,
or the student may have some they can bring in from home.

Latex/rubber allergies can come on suddenly, and can appear as anything from slight
sniffles and rash to a full-blown life threatening reaction, seizures, etc. SCARY!

I am well educated in this subject because I have a child with Spina Bifida. When
he was seriously ill last year and in the hospital, my husband and I had to become
the "Latex/rubber Police" to prevent uneducated medical personnel from using the
wrong product.

Hope this helps prevent some problems! Basically, if it smells like rubber or
feels like rubber, it is Rubber!!


Connie Robbins-Brady

email address: crobbins_brady
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