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A report in the American Journal of Pediatrics suggests that the presence of Nickel in Apple's first-generation iPad may have exacerbated an eleven-year-old child's dermatitis.

iPad—Increasing Nickel Exposure in Children tells the story of an un-named child who suffered persistent and severe rashes.

The report's authors, dermatologists Dr Sharon Jacob and Dr Shehla Admani, explain that tests showed the child is allergic to Nickel, a common allergen. Tests then sought out Nickel around the child's environment, with the metal being detected in an iPad.

The dermatologists then decided to put a cover on the child's iPad. Once the child stopped touching the metal parts of the iPad, the rash receded. The authors conclude that as lots of electronic devices include nickel and kids are mad for them, medicos and parents of kids with skin problems probably need to consider covering up gadgets as they try to address allergies.

Apple has responded to the report with a statement saying its kit is all made to the very highest safety standards, as required by authorities wherever it operates.

A … erm … rash of stories published in the wake of the report's release suggest gadget-induced allergies are on the rise. Little wonder, then, that Samsung's launch of its Galaxy Gear wearables emphasised that hypoallergenic materials are used in its construction. ®

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