cheerios

Heather - posted on 01/10/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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We just found out last week that our 11 month old son has a peanut, milk and egg allergy. He`s been eating cheerios for a couple months now and has never had a reaction (he has eczema) Someone told me today that you can never feed cheerios to kids with allergies. I read the ingredients and they seem fine. Am I missing something

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Helen - posted on 10/29/2012

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My 2 year old has a milk and egg allergy and we have known about it since she was 6 months old. We are careful with everything we give her but recently her skin has been worse from eczema. Cheerios are her favourite cereal and she has had them most mornings but since cutting them out of her diet we have seen a massive improvement in her skin and herself in general. She is much happier, far less irritable and eczema on her face and body is clearing up. I am not convinced this is just a coincidence, I truly think there is something in Cheerios that is not mentioned on the packaging - surely I can not be the only one to think this?

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Kristin - posted on 10/01/2013

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My son is going to be 2 and he had allergy testing (blood test) done a few months ago. The Dr. wouldn't do thorough test due to false positives, but we have the York test and found out he was allergic to: eggs, milk, soy, wheat, tree nuts, garlic, legumes, cats & dogs. I think I got it all! The eczema is related to food allergies. Since putting him on an all organic diet and omitting all these things, he has't had ANY rashes, hives, or eczema. Some children are highly sensitive to sulfates/chemicals/preservatives in foods. This is why I make mostly all his food from scratch. I also like "enjoy life" brands. They are free of all the top 10 allergens. They make a good breakfast bar that JJ loves! Cereals are tricky.. unless you are absolutely sure your kid is not allergic to grains/wheat or that their factory doesn't manufacture anything that contains milk/tree nuts. I checked their label and it doesn't say that they don't manufacture those ingredients, So I would call/email general mills to be sure. Some cereals contain a dried milk protein in them. Label reading is sickening, but I'm getting used to it. This is a good site for milk labeling http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/res...

"Chia Seeds" make a great egg replacement; however, I can't seem to find any that aren't manufactured in an allergen free factory!! It stinks bc they are so healthy, too! Hemp milk is great/healthy replacement. Lots of omega 3 (which our bodies doesn't make & needs from our diet for a healthy brain). Having a kid with allergies is seriously stressful. I can't really buy him anything pre-maid just bc of cross-contamination. He has his own sponges and utensils (pots/pans). Since I did that, he hasn't broke out either. Hope this helps someone :)

Krista - posted on 01/20/2012

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Duncan Hines brand. I use their cake mix too. All I do is replace the egg.



When preparing your own food, you can substitute one of these egg alternatives in your recipes. Each of these replaces one egg (these substitutes may not work as well in recipes that call for more than three eggs):

• 1 teaspoon baking powder + 1 tablespoon liquid + 1 tablespoon vinegar

• 1 teaspoon yeast dissolved in ¼ cup warm water

• 1½ tablespoons water + 1½ tablespoons oil + 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 packet gelatin + 2 tablespoons warm water (don't mix until ready to use)

• 1 tablespoon pureed fruit such as apricots or bananas

• 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water

Heather - posted on 01/20/2012

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Thanks Krista. The eczema is how we found out too about the allergies. I've been giving him cheerios everyday and he's fine. I do have a question for you though... His first bday is coming up and i'm making him the wacky cake recipe (milk and egg free) What kind of icing do you use for cakes? The ones ive found in the stores all have milk in them and some have been made in factories that also manufacture tree nuts. (which scares me a little)

Krista - posted on 01/20/2012

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Cheerios are fine. My daughter has milk and egg allergy, and slight peanut. She also have eczema, which was how we found out about the allergy. But yeah, cheerios are fine.

If you want any advice on food, I can help you out. It has been a challenge but we are handling it well now.

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