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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:11 am 
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I just came home from a meeting of our decorating committee for our drygrad celebrations. Our chairperson, bless her, has tried to make sure we accomodate all students. We will make sure everything is wheelchair accessible for example. She even thought to ask if we could find out if any of our grads had latex allergies and whether it would be a problem to hang helium balloons as part of our decorations.
I know that they were used at the semi-formal with no incidents. I also can think of at least one student who reacts to bandages and costume glue.
I am inclined to think they should be okay but thought I would check your expertise and experience.We want everyone to enjoy the event and stay safe.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:35 am 
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I'm not sure, but I think mylar (shiny foil) balloons are not made with latex.

I was walking through a mall last weekend and noticed that several stores used balloon garlands to decorate their stores. I could smell the latex as we approached the store.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:01 am 
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You are right Susan. Mylar balloons are latex free. Apparently there are more regular looking balloons that are also latex free but very expensive. I checked with a store in town that does these decorations for many events including drygrads for our school in the past. They have used the regular balloons without incident.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:33 am 
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I used these to decorate a boring lunch room once. They take very little time and effort!
http://www.marthastewart.com/photogalle ... repe-paper

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:01 am 
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As with most allergies, it depends on the severity. I know of two people at my kids' school with allergies to latex - one can not be in a room with a balloon while the other is fine if takes antihistamine ahead.

A party addressing the needs for forum members would be interesting! No balloons, no food, is anyone allergic to dancing? :swing :banana

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:15 am 
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No but it is against some religions!

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