Baby Allergic to Rice Cereal

Christina - posted on 11/30/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old had a scary allergic reaction the first time he ate rice cereal. Has anyone else experienced this? What is the alternative to rice cereal?

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Allie - posted on 02/23/2009

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now you know that you are up for a whole lot of label reading. good luck hun. hope you are good at baking you will need to make lots of different foods for him to try that don't have milk in them. are you allergic to milk, what has he been drinking.

Christina - posted on 01/22/2009

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We saw an allergist today and Xavier tested positive for a milk and milk product allergy.

Christina - posted on 01/19/2009

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I tried the Oat cereal and he had the same reaction. He also broke out in hives with peas and carrots. Thankfully, the reactions weren't nearly as bad as it was with the rice and oat cereals. I tried him again on the carrots and he was ok the 2nd time. I have also tried him on sweet potatoes, green beans, bananas and apple sauce. He was ok with each of those. I am hoping to get some answers when I meet with an alergist on Jan 22nd. Wish me luck!

Christina - posted on 12/20/2008

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Hello Lianne,

He quickly broke out with hives (red puffy blotches with a white center) all over his face and some on his neck, chest, and hands. He also had swelling around his eyes. I met with my peds dr. and he said it was for sure an allergic reaction (but not to the rice) and he suspects it to be a milk allergy to the skim milk listed in both rice cereal and the oat cereal (which he also had a reaction to) He said to just skip the cereals and go straight to the jar food or homemade baby food. I hope for your sake that your lil one did just have a virus as it is over and done with and an allergy would be much harder to deal with in the future. I am really hoping my guy out growns the milk allergy before he becomes of age to drink the homo milk.



Take care and good luck!

Lianne - posted on 12/20/2008

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What type of reaction did your child have?

My 6 mth old had lots of tummy pain, diaper rash and green watery bowel movements, and a red dots around her mouth. All of these signs didn't show up right away. It took a few days. As soon as I stopped the rice cereal and the day after she was almost back to herself. Now she could be teething too??!!! My doctor said it could of been a stomach virus? But now I hear your child had a reaction. I am thinking it may not of been a stomach virus!! I haven't started rice again yet. I thought rice the the safest for allergies!!

Cheri - posted on 12/17/2008

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My two older boys have several things that they have had trouble with through the years - milk, tomatoes, peanuts, etc. A lot of them they have outgrown. It got scary at times because I wanted them to try new things but what if... It was just important to be aware of signs from them. I learned that if they wanted to get something out of there mouth fast (pre-talking) or would say that something made their mouth feel funny or hurt, then no more of that food for awhile. Drinking water would help take care of a mild reaction and a little bit of Benedryl would help more serious. You want to check the box and make sure what else was in the cereal. Sometimes there are other additives that are causing the problems. PS: the only food allergy that the boys didn't outgrow was peanuts. It is milder than it was when they were small children so that is good news but still no peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ever for them... sigh.

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