Chocolate Allergy?

[deleted account] ( 16 moms have responded )

My son is 14 months old and seems to get really bad diarrhea whenever he has chocolate (which is not often) he drinks cows milk and yogurt and cheese just fine with no problems so im wondering is it normal at his age or should i be questioning an allergy


Tracy - posted on 01/26/2011




i think this maybe okay as my son is now three and still has bad diarhea every time he eats choc i think limit how much he has i gve my son some once a month and i find that white choc is not as bad

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LOL! Emma I don't either. I will on occassion get it from coffee, which i drink a ton of.

Sarah just think of how delicate a 14 month's system is. I just don't think a 14 month old has any business having chocolate or any food or beverage containing caffeine, just my opinion though. And your mother should have asked first. My mother-in-law always asks what the kids can and cannot have when in her care.


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Sherri - posted on 11/02/2011




I agree it is most likely a food intolerance and most likely one he will grow out of once he is older.

However, I disagree with Heather that children have no business having chocolate hogwash is what I say to that. Once in awhile for the avg. child is not going to hurt them and is no different then giving them a cookie.

Sheria - posted on 11/02/2011




My 19 month old son gets diarrhea I've noticed when he eats Oreo's as well as chocolate! We had switched him to lactose free milk because he had diarrhea for like 5 months straight.. switching the milk seemed to help, but I've noticed that if he has oreo's or chocolate he will get diarrhea and his butt ends up raw! :( Just curious, did you ever find out any answers from a check up?

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he doesn't get chocolate a lot because A) its not so good for him and B) im the one who has to deal with the fall out after will be talking to the health nurse when he goes in for his 18 month needles and see what she thinks. Its not necessary for him to eat chocolate i just want to know what is causing it so i can avoid it in any other foods he tries in future

Pumpkin's Pastry - posted on 01/25/2011




Nuts are a very common ingredient/cross-contaminant in chocolate and a SERIOUS food allergy, potentially life threatening. Intolerances and allergies are so similar, it can be hard to differentiate between the two, even specialists can't tell the difference without diagnostic testing. I would avoid chocolate for the time being and see if the "output" changes with anything else. If there is ever any rash or redness or swelling around exposure to any food, give him Benadryl and call 911.

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Well it all depends on how much coke he had and how much chocolate. An oz of milk chocolate has 6mg of caffeine and an oz of dark chocolate has 20 mg, An oz of coke has 2.83 mg(12oz can 34mg). Food for thought.(no pun intended)

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emma- i originally thought it was the caffine too until my mother gave him a few mouthfuls of coke (which i might add she did behind my back then told me later) and he didn't get diarrhea

Stifler's - posted on 01/23/2011




Chocolate is pretty much a laxative. So is coffee if I have coffee I get diarrhea straight away.

Mallory - posted on 01/23/2011




I would say it's just too much sugar and the fact his tummy isn't used to it. If he was allergic to chocolate (like my mom) he would gets hives or mouth ulcers, or he's have swelling and trouble breathing.

Iridescent - posted on 01/23/2011




Could be a reaction to the amount of sugar. Chocolate is the least allergenic food.

[deleted account]

I didn't go into great depth researching but I just did a quick google search to confirm what I thought would cause the diarrhea. The caffeine in the chocolate may be acting as a laxative thus causing your son's diarrhea. Maybe wait til he is older. My twins are almost 14 months and I do not allow chocolate, because of the caffeine in it.

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Jodi yeah i thought more of an intollerance but i know a lot of people tend to say they are the same thing (which they're not) im mildly lactose intolerant but i didn't develop that until i was 15. Just be interested to see what exactly it is in the chocolate thats causing it

Katherine - posted on 01/23/2011




I get sick like that if I eat too much chocolate......they say they don't develop allergies at such a young age (which I beg to differ, hello peanuts) but I would say it's a possibility.

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