Social Activites -Peanut, Latex and mulitple allergies

Posted on: Thu, 01/27/2005 - 7:40am
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Hi everyone. If I recall correctly, a couple months ago I saw some discussion on here about latex allergies in children with mulitple food allergies. So, I thought this may be a good place to request some help in finding some social activties for my 4 year old son who has mulitple food allergies and a severe latex allery.

Our son has been on a Neocate only diet for more than 6 months for the treatment of his eosinophilic esophagitis. We learned of his latex allergy during a (LATEX FREE)medical procedure last March that resulted in a severe allergic reaction and 5 day hospital stay. One of the nurses accidentally placed a latex bite guard in my son's mouth during an upper GI procedure.

So, ideally we would like an activity with no food and low risk of latex/natural rubber exposure. I know, I know...

So far, I've contacted two local martial arts schools both said they didn't want to be "liable."

Contacted the YMCA and the indoor soccer center.. neither will return my phone calls.

Local gym uses rubber mats. New Little Gym place hosts birthday parties (latex balloons in the facility)

Local library story time. Two area libraries serve cookies during preschool hour and one displays latex balloons in the windows.

We attended Gymboree music classes a few years ago but needed to stop when we learned they were cleaning instrutments with a soy based oil.

Son is contact reactive to many things so we've been avoiding art classes as a precaution since we are "monitoring" so many other things with him at this time.

He doesn't go to daycare and local preschool declined our enrollment for medical reasons. Sooooo, at this point I think he is just starving for some social interaction. Only child, I work outside the home 3 days a week. Blah, Blah, Blah.

I'm really interested in ANY ideas! Those of you with latex alleriges or latex allergic children, were you able to swim without reactions. The local indoor pool requires latex caps for the swimmers. Would that be a problem?

What about sports? Any issues I need to be aware of now. We are hoping to sign our son up for flag football and soccer later this year when the season starts.

Thanks everyone. I'm at my wits end and would love some help.
-Janel, Maryland
Shane 9/00. EE (clean scope in October 2004), GER, known allergies to latex, peanut, sesame, wheat, soy, milk, garlic, beef, turkey, apples, pears, banana, potato, avoiding all legumes and tree nuts.
Possible EAs. Formula only (Neocate Jr unflavored) since July 2004. Consumed orally 40 ounces per day. Prevacid and MiraLax. Next step -- patch and skin testing and than first food introductions in over 3 years!

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