The latest craze to sweep across Britain’s playgrounds is loom bands, shooting to even higher fame after a lady sold a loom band dress made from thousands of the little loops for £170,100 £7 postage! Now that is insane! She had been hoping for £50 but she got a bit more than that.

If you haven’t come across them yet think of rubber bands. They are like coloured bands, slightly thicker than a standard rubber band and quite small, kind of big enough to squeeze over your finger. You loop them all together to make bracelets, rings, mats, anything you can come up with really.

However this craze has led to a crop of latex allergy reactions; the Latex Allergy Support Group has a warning on their forum.

If your child is desperate to get into this latest fad but either you or they have a latex allergy, you can get latex free loom bands.

You will obviously have to be very careful about swapping bands, bands made by friends or brought to your house that may not be latex free and it may be worth speaking to the school if the child has a very serious latex allergy… could be tricky!

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On a more positive note, one blogger, , has shared a very innovative use of the bands to make a medicalert bracelet for her daughter.

Have you had a reaction to them? Is it easy to get latex free bands?

I have had limited experience of these myself and can only assume that my nieces and nephew have latex free bands. They didn’t feel like latex to me and so, probably unwisely, I wore a loom band ring leant to me by my nephew (thank you!), for a whole day! I have a latex allergy and didn’t have any reaction at all and there was some discussion about whether they would be OK for me to wear. One thing I’ve noticed about these bands is that the kids are fiercely proud of them and are loathe to let you touch one let alone have one! A demonstration is allowed but as an adult you must stand back and watch… you certainly won’t be getting made one but you might be allowed to borrow one, under duress, if you promise to give it back! The loom band I wore went to The Allergy Show with me and spent the whole day making paper plate mates on the Allergy Adventure stand! It stood up well to the hard work and was strong, very comfortable and colourful. I was very hip and down the kids that day!

Now I wonder if they could make me a loom band dress for my next birthday? They’d never notice if sold it on ebay… would they?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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