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I'm happy to ask on the allergy board too, but this is especially relevant to my medically complicated kids.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My ds had a horrible reaction to something, but nothing he ate was out of the ordinary. But we have these new nighttime dipes (goodnites boxers) and I can't find info anywhere that says they DON'T have latex. Does anyone know?<br><br>
That and he ate tomato soup.<br><br>
We had to give him steroids. His hands and feet were so swollen that he could barely walk or hold things. He looked like a giant hive covered in hives. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Poor guy. He's have a horrible time lately.<br><br>
Anyway, any ideas? thoughts? If it is latex (I'm latex and nightshade sensitive for sure), then what exactly do I need to do/avoid? Links?<br><br>
I'm so tired. This has been an insane couple of weeks.
 

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I just found something that says the underpants are latex-Free I am still looking on the boxers.
 

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Yep I found that. And of course Kimberly-Clark was closed by the time my friend gave me the idea... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Yes unfortunately no one seems to answer the question as to whether the boxers are infact latex-free. I looked everywhere and it just kept coming back to the briefs. One would assume that since they are latex-free that the boxers would be too but who knows <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I am sorry that you are having a rough time, I wish there was something I could do to help<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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I'm guessing based on the reaction, that the part with the actual "diaper" is latex free, but that the pant legs are not. I'll be calling them (Kimberly-Clark) tomorrow.
 

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That would make sense, b/c as I was scouring all the info on them, it seems odd that they wouldn't include the Latex-free anywhere in anything but they do in the briefs.
 

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We use the underpants for my ds who has a latex allergy and have no problems. My ds1 has a severe latex allergy. His first reaction was after dental treatment and was horrible. He had another reaction about amonth later from a toy and we were able to deal with that with just benadryl(had to pull over to the side of the road to give it). We do carry an epipen now because of both the latex and his nut allergies. We have a plan with his school and his classroom is mostly latex free. We have had to look through his toys and make sure they are latex free. We have had to throw some stuff away because we weren't sure.
 

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How do you tell if toys have latex? EEK.<br><br>
What about other school items?<br><br>
We have an epipen. Do they expire? (I could get up and look.)<br><br>
Does your son have to avoid foods that are latex-related?
 

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Ok, we have pretty much gotten rid of anything we thought had latex toywise. You can pretty much tell by the rubber/stretchiness. He had a reaction to a koosh ball that he got from the same dentist he had a reaction at. His face started swelling and he started coughing and teering up. We prety much tossed whatever we thought could cause a problem. Balloons are a big deal. Luckily my ds already had a pretty severe fear of balloons so we don't really have to worry about that.<br><br>
For school his class is pretty much latex free except for some toys they give as prizes to the other kids. He has his own treasure chest to pick from. His preschool class and his speech therapist are/were also latex free after his reaction and were very accomodating to us.<br><br><br>
Epipens do expire. I would also reccomend keeping benadryl on hand. My ds has never had an epipen used on him because we have had enough time to get benadryl in him to stop a reaction before it gets too bad. He did have breathing difficulties during both his latex and nut reactions but they were not too bad and stopped pretty quickly with liquid benadryl. It bought us enough time to take him to his own doctor rather than the ER which for him was great because of his anxiety. An epipen wears off in about 15-30 minutes so the person should be transported to the ER. I would never tell you not to use an eppen for a true emergency though. He just never had one until his last bad reaction. He has had to be put on steriods to manage his symptoms afterwards though.<br><br><br>
My ds reacted to avocado, bananas, and kiwis as a baby. In our defense, he reacted to everything but rice, sweet potatoes and pears until he was over 1. He has a lot of food aversions and would never try any of those foods until about a month ago. He ate 4 bites of banana and had a reaction. Due to the fact that he is on zyrtec daily for allergies, it was not that bad but we did notice it. Needless to say, we are still avoiding those foods.<br><br>
The other thing is that you need to tell everyone at the dr's office about the reaction. my ds's reaction was due to a dentist working inside his mouth with latex gloves on. He was so swollen all over his body. He looked like one big hive. He was reacting as soon as the benadryl would wear off. Even on the steriods and benadryl, he had a rash for a week. After that he was having a blood drwa and while the first tech got the latex free stuff, her assistant started puting on latex gloves. I had to tell him twice before he switched.
 

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That sounds EXACTLY like my son: one giant hive. And he has coughing today. The biggest problem is, we really can't use benedryl. I need to look up epinephrine and make sure it is safe in case.<br><br>
And I have to call my ped tomorrow. I'm willing to bet he will at least get rid of latex gloves in his office for us.<br><br>
Oy. I hope we don't have to give up avocado. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
What about pens/pencils? Especially mechanical? And glasses? I noticed that he had hives all along where his nose piece touches his face.<br><br>
We put him on claritin, but it doesn't make the hives go away. Calamine lotion helps. Motrin and steroids. Fun stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> His hands and feet were so swollen, but not with hives, just fluid. His toes have bruises from all the swelling.
 

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Huh. Kimberly-Clark says they do not contain latex. Still, why don't they put that on their pkging and website. I'm still suspicious.
 

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I have an anaphylactic latex allergy. I know that kimberly clark and most other diaper makers are latex free. I have called and asked, but if you think it could have been the diaper, I would call and ask again.<br><br>
I am not truly allergic to tomatoes, but I can have a hellacious reaction to them. They contain histamines I think, and so if your body is already hyped up, they can send you over the edge. But occasionally I can eat tomato. I just never can tell when it's going to bother me. But the reaction I have to it when I do have problems with it is pretty severe.<br><br>
Hope that helps. Lots of people allergic to latex can't tolerate night shades.
 
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