Latex allergies are more common in children with Spina Bifida but the overall prevalence has been decreasing in the past 15 years.
We believe this allergy has been caused by the use of Latex surgical gloves during surgery to close the Spina Bifida lesion at birth. These gloves are no longer used during this procedure.
Allergy to Latex is also increased in families with a history of allergies and/or asthma.
Latex is contained in all rubber products. Wherever possible, therefore, minimise your baby’s exposure to products made of rubber such as balloons, some dummies and bottle teats and toys. When in a medical or dental environment, parents should always be aware of the use of latex gloves and remind staff that your child is Latex free.