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For an allergic child, ‘hypoallergenic’ could be mean ‘danger’

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At Granny-Made kids' retail store in New York City, store worker Adele Salzberg says pima cotton clothes are popular among tots and babies prone to allergic reactions. (Amy Tennery)

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At Granny-Made kids' retail store in New York City, store worker Adele Salzberg says pima cotton clothes are popular among tots and babies prone to allergic reactions. (Amy Tennery)

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At Granny-Made kids' retail store in New York City, store worker Adele Salzberg says pima cotton clothes are popular among tots and babies prone to allergic reactions. (Amy Tennery)

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For a parent with a child who has severe allergies, a “hypoallergenic” label may be as dangerous as something not labeled. In reality, the term “hypoallergenic” is not regulated by the FDA and has little meaning. In support groups and doctors’ offices, parents of severely allergic children are being proactive and learning practical ways keep their kids healthy, rather than relying on advertisers to tell them what’s safe.


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