Baby Allergic to Rice Cereal

Christina - posted on 11/30/2008 ( 10 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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Emily - posted on 01/22/2009

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I wouldn't do cereal either... in fact we don't do cereal at all for our kids. They start table foods between 6 and 8 months and we don't even do jarred food. They start with veggies and fruits, then yogurt and cheese (our kids LOVE dairy and don't have any problems with it), then meats (shredded chicken, ground beef, etc) and finally grains, usually in the form of breads and cherrios. :)

Carolyn - posted on 01/22/2009

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I'm glad you got the answer! Allergies are a pain in the butt sometimes, but knowledge makes it managable.

Carolyn - posted on 12/04/2008

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It might be the milk. My kids have wicked casein sensitivities, and I found that a lot of commercial cereals had milk ingredients (sometimes listed as milk, [modified] milk ingredients, whey, casein, etc). Milk is a very common allergy.

You can try making your own by grinding up brown rice in a clean coffee grinder until powdery. Add breast milk or water to the right consistency. You might want to ask your pediatrician about iron supplementation if making your own cereal.

You can also try getting organic cereal from your health food store. I found that they tend to have less questionable additives.

You can also make your own "jarred" baby food... it looks and tastes immensely better than the jarred stuff. I would make it and freeze it in ice cube trays. It was cheaper too, even using organic fruits and veggies.

Babies don't really need to eat at this age, the recommendation is to wait until 6 months for a variety for reasons, but one of the primary ones is the mysterious phenomenon of gut closure that occurs around then. If you wait a little, you might be able to skip the whole pureed food stage and proceed to just giving him finely diced table food.

Good luck!

Christina - posted on 12/04/2008

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Thanks everyone for all of the wonderful advice! I tried him on Oat cereal today (after the doctor gave the ok) and unfortunately he had the same reaction. Of course when I compared the ingredients there were about 10 different things in common and I had only heard of maybe 4 of them. I am sure like Sarah said that it's full of meaningless ingredients, so I am going to skip the cereals all together unless it's homemade oatmeal and go right to the jar food. Wish us luck! Thanks again for your advice!

Jessie - posted on 12/03/2008

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It maybe that it is too early to start cereal altogether. Our Dr had us wait untill my son was 6months. Also it is possible to skip cereals. When I did start my son on solids i starts with fruits and veggies. I made my own but you can get the jarred stuff too.

Kelly - posted on 11/30/2008

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Oatmeal or barley cereal is what we fed my son. Rice cereal caused horrible constipation in him.

Christina - posted on 11/30/2008

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He reacted very quickly. Within just a couple of minutes from the first spoonful he developed what I think was hives(red swelling with a white bump in the middle). They were all over his face, neck, chest, hands and wrists. His whole face was puffy especially around his eyes. I have been referred to an allergist but there is a huge wait since there is only one in the city that we are from. The doctor at the urgent medical care centre said to try an alternative to rice cereal but had no idea what the alternative was. Thankfully my little guys is breastfed and can wait a little if we have to. He just showed a lot of interest in starting early and my family doctor thought that it would be safe to try. I am meeting with my family doctor tomorrow with the hopes that he may have a better understanding.

Sarah - posted on 11/30/2008

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I have to say that if I was in your situation, I wouldnt even do cereal. Its meaningless calories that have to be hyped up with added vitamins and minerals. The only reason most docs suggest it is if you are using a *no iron formula* because its basically a filler. You can give your baby other types of baby foods that actually have nutrition for the learning experience. If you are wanting to keep your baby from being too hungry at night, just give an extra ounce of formula instead of putting cereal in the bottle. The alternatives to rice cereal are oatmeal, some other vaireties of grains as they get older. But once again, right now it's definately NOT an important part of their diet, and even though you may hear different, the recommendations of a lot of doctors is to not even start feeding solids untill 6months, just in case your child is one of those whose digestive systems develops on the later side of 4-6months. Better safe than sorry, right? I got most of this info out of the "What to expect the first year" book by Arlene Eisenburg, Heidi E. Murkoff, and Sandee E Hathaway, they also do a toddler year book. here are some links with info on it.



http://www.family4life.com/Images/whatto...



http://infantstoddlers.suite101.com/arti...

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