SURPRISE! THE SAFEST RUBBER DUCK FOR A BABY IS NOT MADE OUT OF LATEX
Savvy parents know they should avoid baby teething toys with toxic chemicals. They think they have found a safe alternative in natural latex rubber. This is surprisingly not the case as latex allergies can occur with repeated exposure to latex. Cleveland Clinic states that “children are not born with latex allergies. A latex allergy develops as one is exposed to latex numerous times in items like diapers, bottles, nipples, and pacifiers. Children allergic to one substance are more likely to develop allergies to other things as well.
The Mayo Clinic Latex says that allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe (from mild redness and rash to throat swelling and difficulty breathing). They also caution that “a reaction can become worse with each additional latex exposure,” and that one should “prevent an allergic reaction to latex by avoiding rubber toys.