Education Natural Latex Rubber in Baby Crib Mattresses & Why You Should Avoid Them
Natural/Organic Latex for Babies
At first glance, latex or natural rubber may seem to be
an excellent material for use in baby crib mattresses. However, natural
latex/rubber has been associated with unusually high allergies,
particularly in children. Most allergists recommend that babies
and young children steer clear of latex. Ironically, natural latex
contains certain proteins that are more allergenic
than synthetic latex. According to the FDA, a product
containing latex (and particularly natural latex) cannot be labeled as "hypoallergenic".
Reportedly, there are over one thousand lawsuits
currently in the U.S. revolving around latex/rubber allergies,
particularly regarding children.
Allergies from latex/rubber are obviously widespread.
Additionally, hospitals across the country are in the process of
removing latex due to this concern.