What are signs of allergies to new foods?

Deanna - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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This month I have started my 5month old on apple/ pear juice and rice/oatmeal cereal, being careful to space out when a new introduction is given...After given apple juice, which i thought was suppose to be a natural laxitive, he did not poo for two days, and when he finally did tonight it was quite pastey....and seems to be a lot more gassy since juice was introduced also....

we had already had issues a few months ago with severe constipation and realized he is allergic to cow's milk, so we figured out a formula, Emfimil Nutramigen, and has been 'going' regularly since...

Do you think the apple juice doesn't aggree with him or perhaps I have been giving him too much cereal...? He is 19lbs and 29in long, a big boy, not the average sized baby ;) Anyone have any suggestions or compareable stories?

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Gotsome - posted on 01/25/2010

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I heard that their poops will change dramatically when food is introduced so it might just be his digestive system adjusting.

My son also was thought to have a milk protien sensitivity & put on Nutramigen, only without any of the benefits. We nearly broke the bank trying to keep up with cost of it! We were also warned to watch the cereals as some have milk protien in them. The ones that call to add water are the ones with milk protien in them, so our ped warned to switch to the add breastmilk/formula ones if we encounter any problems.

Deanna - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thanks for the input! I checked the back of the cereal box and no milk products but that was a good thought...I'm gonna stick to just the oatmeal cereal and no juice and see if that helps....

Becky - posted on 01/23/2010

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Hmmm, I don't think constipation is typically a sign of a food allergy. Diarreah would be. Also vomitting, stomach pain, unusual irritability, and a rash.

Usually juice does not constipate, it has the opposite effect! I could see it causing more gas though. Are you cutting it with water?

Rice cereal can constipate, so maybe stick to oatmeal. But also, check the ingredients on the cereal box, as I think baby cereals are typically made with milk products, so if he's allergic to milk, that may be the problem. It is okay to skip cereal altogether and go straight to fruits, veggies, and meats. Cereal is typically given first because it's easy to digest, and also for the iron, but if they're getting other sources of iron, the cereal isn't necessary.

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