Any babies have an allergic reaction to oatmeal cereal?

Karen - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months and i've been feeding him rice cereal for a week and a half and he loves it. So I decided to try and introduce oatmeal this morning. He ate the whole amount that i gave him (2 tablespoon mixed with similac formula and water). And that was around 8:30 am and at around 2 pm he had a major rash all over his face and body! He doesn't seem bothered by it but I'm sure its a allergic reaction to the oatmeal. Have any of your babies experienced this?

I think I will cut out oatmeal for now and wait till the allergic reaction goes away and just start back on rice cereal. I was going to start introducing him to veggies next week but I'm so scared now! lol. I scared about what other foods he will react to badly. Yikes. I guess this is all part of it.

Would love to hear your stories. and hoping to find comfort and learn from you guys.

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Sharon - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son too had a reaction to oatmeal. He has done fine on rice cereal and all his fruits and veggies. The pediatrician said to forget about the oatmeal and move on, we can retry it in a couple months if we want once his digestive system has matured more. If you keeping trying an allergen the reaction can become worse and potentially life threatening. Good luck with all the fun foods!

Inzhiya031010 - posted on 01/14/2014

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I know this is kind of late respond. But i was looking myself for reasons why babies or if any other babies are also reacting to oatmeal and found this... I was going to say if anyone else reads this, try QUINOA i use the flake one (hot cereal cooks in 90 sec just with water is fine you can add some sugar and some salt or just salt. I mix with a fruit or you can add some meat into it). It almost tastes like potatoes but it is not. So far i have not seen a big problem. But it at organic store. Also i heard of MILLET there is also a flake one it is used by people instead of oatmeal cereal, similar but different grain. I am planing on buying it for Karina. But for now organic store an their house is out....

Carol - posted on 11/09/2013

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my grandaughter is intollerant to dairy soya and eggs, i am in charge of food production, its going ok but i recently gave her oatmeal, she does not have a rash, but is constipated, could it be the oatmeal,? its 25 years since i was a new mum so its a bit scary!

Estella - posted on 08/05/2013

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My son had the same problem! He had a rash all over his body when he was round 1 month after i used aveeno moisture lotion contains oatmeal. Now he is almost 8 month, we tried brown rice and barley cereal, veggie, fruits and turkey and he is perfectly fine. I decided to try oatmeal cereal the day before yesterday and he got rash on his face, mouth and eyes area, not his body. Even though he seems fine, still I feel so guity......

Stefanie - posted on 03/20/2013

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My daughter was the same! She loved the rice cereal so after two weeks we tried oatmeal & she got a rash all over! Didn't seem bothered by it though. She also got a much milder rash once when I used Aveeno baby eczema cream that contained oatmeal. She has been fine so far with bananas & carrots, but we have not tried oatmeal again yet. Considering trying a barley cereal. Anyone had experience with those?

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Inzhiya031010 - posted on 01/14/2014

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I know this is kind of late respond. But i was looking myself for reasons why babies or if any other babies are also reacting to oatmeal and found this... I was going to say if anyone else reads this, try QUINOA i use the flake one (hot cereal cooks in 90 sec just with water is fine you can add some sugar and some salt or just salt. I mix with a fruit or you can add some meat into it). It almost tastes like potatoes but it is not. So far i have not seen a big problem. But it at organic store. Also i heard of MILLET there is also a flake one it is used by people instead of oatmeal cereal, similar but different grain. I am planing on buying it for Karina. But for now organic store an their house is out....

Enas - posted on 04/18/2009

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my second boy had a problem with oatmeal when he was like 6 7mns old .i used to mix some with his milk(when he drinked out of a bottle) .he had a really bad reaction to it he had really bad dieriah. hes almost 2 now and he still allergic to it but has a diffrent reaction,after he eats like an oatmeal cookie i see those red pimples all over his thieghs and legs and arms and it really bothers him,it gets toooooooo itchy...

Carolyn - posted on 04/18/2009

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Oatmeal is usually pretty well tolerated, but you might be right about an allergic reaction. My oldest has allergies too to things they're not "supposed" to be allergic to (like sweet potato!)

Lay off a few days until the rash clears, then maybe try again, just a small amount (remember allergic reactions can escalate quickly!)? Watch for signs of breathing difficulty, maybe keep some infant's benedryl on hand just in case. If you have any doubts or concerns, see your doc ASAP.

Also, read the ingredients list. There may be an additive in the oatmeal that he's reacting to instead of the oatmeal itself (milk is a common addition to commercial baby cereal, and is often reacted to). You might want to just try feeding him a little bit of plain, adult oatmeal (run thru blender or food processor to get the right consistency) to rule out additives, if you're unable to get just "plain old" oatmeal (try getting organic from the health food store if you're having trouble finding).

Allergies can be scary, but manageable. You just need to be cautious with new foods, and introduce them slowly and in very small quantities. Some allergies can also manifest in their behaviour, such as irritableness, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, fatigue, et al.

My oldest is almost three, and so far she's allergic to sweet potato, tree nuts (same as me), pork (same as me), blueberries, sesame (same as me), and is on a gluten-free, casein-free (dairy) diet to manage behavioural symptoms.

Good luck!

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