Anyone have a child allergic to carrots, sweet potatoes and squash (orange/yellow vegetables)?

Melissa - posted on 01/07/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My daughter seems to have an allergy to orange/yellow vegetables (carrots, sweet potatoes, squash) ... she gets an extremely bad diaper rash right after eating them that lasts a really long time and causes her lots of pain. The dr. didn't seemed concerned and said maybe she was allergic to betacarotene. I can't find much information on the internet and am not sure if I should request to take her to an allergist to confirm the allergy. It has been difficult feeding her since almost all the stage 2 foods are blended combos that have carrots in it, so she has a bland diet of peas, green beans, and fruit.

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Amber - posted on 10/27/2012

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Melissa,



My six month old started "solids" a month ago. Upon trying carrots her back broke out, in what Doctors called ecxema, stating carrots are not a highly allergic food. She was said to have ecxema prior to this episode. However, I gave her squash at the beginning of this week and within a day her back was all broken out again (second time she's had squash, first time was right before the carrots), down to her bumb, as well as a diaper rash that bothered her so much she didn't want to sleep....she seemed irritated. So, from the start, I suspected food allergy/sensitivity, but the Doctors were not concerened. They suggested giving her one spoon of carrots, early in the day, a few weeks after they saw her and watching her for a breakout. However, this does not set well with me, seeing that I have a peanut allergy, which I didn't aquire until I was in my 20's and I know that the more you are exposed allergic foods the worse the reaction can become. All that to say, I understand what you are going through. And, in reference to another post, I have had testing done for my nut/peanut allergy and the tests come up negative. However, my doctors recognize that I am in fact allergic to nuts and peanuts. Blood tests are not always conclusive and I know I would not put my 6 month old through allergy testing unless absolutely necessary. It's frustrating. So, if you find out anything further,please post. Thanks and good luck! :)

Kim - posted on 08/10/2012

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I know this is an old post... but I have been struggling with this with both my kids (Ages soon to be 3 and 1) since they have been born. I only use whole organic food now and we still have the issue (Reactions are now hives and severe vomiting. When both kids were infants they had problems breathing) .. I think butternut squash seems to be the worst. My kids love kale and do not have a reaction. Isn't Kale high in beta carotene? My older child has been through allergy testing for foods.. but we have not had a positive result yet. I would love to chat to anyone who is/was experiencing this issue. I know it is as easy as not feeding my kids anything with food coloring or anything that is naturally orange (which is what we do now..), but it will be nice to have a better understanding of what is wrong. Thanks

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I'm with Sarah Von Haden-

the longer you wait to introduce solids, the better off your child will be in terms of food sensitivities and overall immune system health. It is true that a baby can be sustained 100% on just breastmilk (or formula) for the first year of their life. It can be hard to not want to give your kid solids, but if you think about it from the child's perspective- about really what is best for them, it makes sense to wait. Letting them munch on a fresh sprig of celery, carrot or apple or some rice crackers keeps them occupied during those transision months around momth 10-12. Also, I started my daughter on simple, easily digestible fruits such as avocado, pears and apples. Then slowly integrated the veggies and introduced grains last. She is strong, healthy, eats a wide variety of everything- and of course NO SUGAR!

Remember- Breast is Best! Dont be afraid to take a kid with reactions off of solids completely again- they'll be ok! Take it easy and dont rush it! Give their tummies a chance to get used to simple solids and then build on that.

Good luck!

Bettie - posted on 10/11/2011

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I feel for you and your daughter. One of my grandsons had the diaper rash & pain problem but we didn't connect the dot to beta carotene. We did start making his baby food and that helped and what helped even more was when we took a friend's advice and got the vegs from an organic farmer in our area.
The pesticides and fertilizers that are usually used by farmers are slow release and systemic and stay in the ground long after harvest so they are there the next year when more is added for the next planting. I have no idea if this is possible or not but it seemed to me that the root vegs rich in color could be more likely to have more of the systemics in them. A friend of mine has a huge garden and does every thing naturally. I'm amazed how differently her vegs taste from the one I get at the grocery store. I have become a believer.
So your daughters problem may be double fold and not just beta carotene or not the beta carotene at all.
So much information has come to our attention in the years since my children were tiny. I wish I'd had the kind of info when they were young that we have today.
It's so hard to "trial and error" on a child - and the vegs high in beta carotene are so good.
Good Luck - Bettie

Melissa - posted on 06/23/2011

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Hi Andrea ... I am happy to report that my daughter is now 3 and seems to have a much higher tolerance for the yellow/orange foods ... it really made a difference once she became potty trained and had less contact in the diaper area. She still has to eat them in moderation or else she will start complaining that her pee pee hurts ... I assume she gets a feeling like a urinary tract infection or something ... and occasionally will get a flat rash now that will last less than a day if she somehow eats too much. Honestly, my pediatrician didn't really acknowledge the allergy and thought I was crazy, but I knew she was allergic since I made her baby food and only introduced things one at a time and did a little experimenting to test the allergy. I wouldn't worry too much about nutrition, just feed other nutritious things and as much variety as you can (I really like the book Super Baby Food for ideas on what to feed my kids at different stages). My kids LOVED avocado and still do and that was always a staple around the age your daughter is ... it has tons of nutrition! Also, my daughter is a super good eater at this point and will eat nearly everything ... brussel sprouts, broccoli, sushi, etc. ... so I would just try to offer as much as you can while avoiding the beta-carotene items and watch out when you start finger foods because my daughter also couldn't tolerate those little goldfish crackers and most naturally made orange items as they were colored with betacarotene. I would definitely stick to avoiding the yellow/orange things until she is about age 2 or so and then introduce in small amounts ... I think it is so rare that most pediatricians don't take it very serious and really have no idea what to do with it. Sorry, I probably just rambled way too much but wanted to let you know that you should trust what you know and do your best to keep a variety of foods despite the limitations and your daughter will be fine. And if you haven't tried making your own baby food, you should give it a try, it's really not that difficult and will give you a lot more options. Good luck!!!

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Andrea - posted on 06/23/2011

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Melissa- I know it has been a long time since you posted this, but this is one of the few things I came across when I googled for beta carotene allergies in babies. Your description of your baby sounds EXACTLY like my daughter. Every time she eats any "yellow" vegetable (carrots, squash, sweet potato) she will throw up down to the bile. She also got a rash from it too. She had these foods a few times and loved them and didn't start having a reaction until after a few times. I worry about nutrition as well with the few choices I have in stage 2 foods. Your description was just the same. Started around 6 months, she's 8 months now and I am scared to try this again because I don't want to put her through it. So I wanted to ask you how is your son/daughter with it now? Have they grown out of it or do they still have the allergy? Did your ped say anything else about it? Hope you get this! Thank you so much!! I was relieved to find this post :)

Cindy - posted on 01/14/2009

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I see I was a little harsh, sorry.  So I will restate what I said, in a minute. 



And I am not abusing my kids !!!  My Doctor and the nursing staff at the health unit are extreemly impressed with both boys health.  That comment was uncalled for and really nasty "Melissa".  One should ask for clarification before acusing a mom of abuse !!



My facts were it might be a "Preservitive" that baby is sensitive too. 



Does anyone remember being told not go in the Sun?  I do.  Does anybody pay attention to what is going on in other countries?  Has anybody remeber?  Here is the coles notes - Sunshine contains Vit D.  Put on sunscreen - no Vit D.  No Vit D - very sick kids.  Other countries - Women covered from head to toe - guess what - not healthy, very sickly ladies.  Now officials say we need sunshine.  Go figure.



This is the same with Food.  I was fed pablum in the hospital.  I was told not to feed first one until 6 months by the prenatal teacher.  My kid was 2 hours old screaming for food, I never produced milk, but he downed 3 oz bottle of formula and screamed for more.  I mushed up my hospital food and fed him with a nurse watching -Thank you very much ! He stopped screaming and went to sleep.  When I ate, he was in my arms sucking on my fingers - Mashed potatoes, corn, peas, squash, gravy, broccoli, what ever.  He was hungry!  He still drank 1 L or more of formula every day.  He is in the 90% for intelligence, height, and self awareness.  He is solid muscle and bone, no fat.  He speakes like a 6 year old.  He makes Jokes, he counts to ten in three languages. He is TWO



Child #2 was not hungry, he just wanted sleep.  So no food until home.  1/8 tsp of "food" per day - mostly Pablum.  But some ice cream, arrowroot cookie, potatoes, corn, etc.  His doctor said to increase his Food intake at 3 months.



Yes, everybody is different.  Some kids are sensitive to certain foods.  But is it foods or additives.  If you make the food at home with out additives it there a difference?  Some foods are just yucky and turn a tummy upside down.  Did baby have a virus coming on the same day as the food was tried? 



Susanne said the following...



I hope you are able to resolve the problem of the "bland" diet, maybe look to other cultures for food ideas, there is a lot of variety in the world!



I am not alone.

Cindy - posted on 01/14/2009

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I see I was a little harsh, sorry.  So I will restate what I said, in a minute. 



And I am not abusing my kids !!!  My Doctor and the nursing staff at the health unit are extreemly impressed with both boys health.  That comment was uncalled for and really nasty "Melissa".  One should ask for clarification before acusing a mom of abuse !!



My facts were it might be a "Preservitive" that baby is sensitive too. 



Does anyone remember being told not go in the Sun?  I do.  Does anybody pay attention to what is going on in other countries?  Has anybody remeber?  Here is the coles notes - Sunshine contains Vit D.  Put on sunscreen - no Vit D.  No Vit D - very sick kids.  Other countries - Women covered from head to toe - guess what - not healthy, very sickly ladies.  Now officials say we need sunshine.  Go figure.



This is the same with Food.  I was fed pablum in the hospital.  I was told not to feed first one until 6 months by the prenatal teacher.  My kid was 2 hours old screaming for food, I never produced milk, but he downed 3 oz bottle of formula and screamed for more.  I mushed up my hospital food and fed him with a nurse watching -Thank you very much ! He stopped screaming and went to sleep.  When I ate, he was in my arms sucking on my fingers - Mashed potatoes, corn, peas, squash, gravy, broccoli, what ever.  He was hungry!  He still drank 1 L or more of formula every day.  He is in the 90% for intelligence, height, and self awareness.  He is solid muscle and bone, no fat.  He speakes like a 6 year old.  He makes Jokes, he counts to ten in three languages. He is TWO



Child #2 was not hungry, he just wanted sleep.  So no food until home.  1/8 tsp of "food" per day - mostly Pablum.  But some ice cream, arrowroot cookie, potatoes, corn, etc.  His doctor said to increase his Food intake at 3 months.



Yes, everybody is different.  Some kids are sensitive to certain foods.  But is it foods or additives.  If you make the food at home with out additives it there a difference?  Some foods are just yucky and turn a tummy upside down.  Did baby have a virus coming on the same day as the food was tried? 



Susanne said the following...



I hope you are able to resolve the problem of the "bland" diet, maybe look to other cultures for food ideas, there is a lot of variety in the world!



I am not alone.

Cindy - posted on 01/14/2009

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I see I was a little harsh, sorry.  So I will restate what I said, in a minute. 



And I am not abusing my kids !!!  My Doctor and the nursing staff at the health unit are extreemly impressed with both boys health.  That comment was uncalled for and really nasty "Melissa".  One should ask for clarification before acusing a mom of abuse !!



My facts were it might be a "Preservitive" that baby is sensitive too. 



Does anyone remember being told not go in the Sun?  I do.  Does anybody pay attention to what is going on in other countries?  Has anybody remeber?  Here is the coles notes - Sunshine contains Vit D.  Put on sunscreen - no Vit D.  No Vit D - very sick kids.  Other countries - Women covered from head to toe - guess what - not healthy, very sickly ladies.  Now officials say we need sunshine.  Go figure.



This is the same with Food.  I was fed pablum in the hospital.  I was told not to feed first one until 6 months by the prenatal teacher.  My kid was 2 hours old screaming for food, I never produced milk, but he downed 3 oz bottle of formula and screamed for more.  I mushed up my hospital food and fed him with a nurse watching -Thank you very much ! He stopped screaming and went to sleep.  When I ate, he was in my arms sucking on my fingers - Mashed potatoes, corn, peas, squash, gravy, broccoli, what ever.  He was hungry!  He still drank 1 L or more of formula every day.  He is in the 90% for intelligence, height, and self awareness.  He is solid muscle and bone, no fat.  He speakes like a 6 year old.  He makes Jokes, he counts to ten in three languages. He is TWO



Child #2 was not hungry, he just wanted sleep.  So no food until home.  1/8 tsp of "food" per day - mostly Pablum.  But some ice cream, arrowroot cookie, potatoes, corn, etc.  His doctor said to increase his Food intake at 3 months.



Yes, everybody is different.  Some kids are sensitive to certain foods.  But is it foods or additives.  If you make the food at home with out additives it there a difference?  Some foods are just yucky and turn a tummy upside down.  Did baby have a virus coming on the same day as the food was tried? 



Susanne said the following...



I hope you are able to resolve the problem of the "bland" diet, maybe look to other cultures for food ideas, there is a lot of variety in the world!



I am not alone.

Susanne - posted on 01/14/2009

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Anyway, I appreciate the opportunity to learn about this allergy. I had no clue that it even existed. Although it does not apply to my first son, I'll keep an eye out for it in the future. Always good to learn about new things.



I hope you are able to resolve the problem of the "bland" diet, maybe look to other cultures for food ideas, there is a lot of variety in the world!

Susanne - posted on 01/14/2009

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Quoting Cindy:



ok people ?  Listen to yourselves.  Have Baby eat what you eat.  Stop cramming premade food that you won't eat yourself.  It might not be the food itself but the chemicals used to retain color and shelf life. 






My son is 5 months old and has had mushed up what ever I eat since he came home from the hospital.  My eldest had mushed up what ever I had when we were still in the hospital.  Both very healthy and no "allergic" reactions. 






Talk to your parents!  Your grand parents!  Ask them what they fed their babies.  You will be shocked.  This not feeding your kids until 12 months is just a fad. 






First you should stay out of the sun, now we have Vit D issues.  Come on you guys, think.






Tsk Tsk Tsk, a little rude eh? I'll keep feeding the "premade food that you won't eat yourself." if it keeps my son from jumping down peoples throats without even knowing if what he is saying is applicable.

Melissa - posted on 01/13/2009

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I do make as much of her baby food as possible, but it just isn't always practical when I have another child and things to do.  I only buy organic jarred food and there are no chemicals or additives.  There is no reason to suspect that she is allergic to anything like that ... it is the food itself.  And to be "mushing" up food and giving it to your baby in the hospital is borderline abuse ... this is not appropriate for a newborn and could actually cause many developmental problems.  I have seen problems like this first hand as i am a social worker and have had children removed from their parents for these very reasons - it leads to poor nutrition and can cause severe developmental delays.  Everyone has there own opinions as to how to raise their children.  I do not believe that it is appropriate to come off so strong and accusatory when this is an open friendly forum.  I do not personally believe in waiting a full year to give my child solids, but that's my choice and did not feel the need to ridicule those who suggested they did that with their own children.  Please keep the forum what it is meant to be ... a friendly conversation for moms seeking advice and support ... no one wants to be chastized for sharing their experiences.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Cindy:



ok people ?  Listen to yourselves.  Have Baby eat what you eat.  Stop cramming premade food that you won't eat yourself.  It might not be the food itself but the chemicals used to retain color and shelf life. 






My son is 5 months old and has had mushed up what ever I eat since he came home from the hospital.  My eldest had mushed up what ever I had when we were still in the hospital.  Both very healthy and no "allergic" reactions. 






Talk to your parents!  Your grand parents!  Ask them what they fed their babies.  You will be shocked.  This not feeding your kids until 12 months is just a fad. 






First you should stay out of the sun, now we have Vit D issues.  Come on you guys, think.






umm, yea...My mom was put to bed as a baby with a bottle filled with choc. milk.....I  don't  think I'll be following my grandparents advice....and my grandmother also scoffed at my mom when she decided to nuse us when my siblings and I were born....(Breast feeding was very taboo in the 40's 50's and 60's....)  Oh, and I don't put sunscreen on my kids....never have, never wll.....

Eric-Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Cindy:



ok people ?  Listen to yourselves.  Have Baby eat what you eat.  Stop cramming premade food that you won't eat yourself.  It might not be the food itself but the chemicals used to retain color and shelf life. 



Um, I'm not sure anyone here is cramming food down our babies throats. I happen to buy Gerber Organic food which contains no chemicals or pesticides etc. While I'd love to make all his food from scratch - it's virtually impossible since I have two other children and travel.



My rule of thumb is when they start reaching for food and can swallow it, then they are ready.



Also, each baby is different. While your child might not react, that does not mean that another child is not healthy. I followed the rules to the "t" with my oldest (even making her own homemade baby food) and she was always sick for the first 2 years. Some kids are just like that, no matter how healthy you try to keep their enviornment





 

Cindy - posted on 01/13/2009

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ok people ?  Listen to yourselves.  Have Baby eat what you eat.  Stop cramming premade food that you won't eat yourself.  It might not be the food itself but the chemicals used to retain color and shelf life. 



My son is 5 months old and has had mushed up what ever I eat since he came home from the hospital.  My eldest had mushed up what ever I had when we were still in the hospital.  Both very healthy and no "allergic" reactions. 



Talk to your parents!  Your grand parents!  Ask them what they fed their babies.  You will be shocked.  This not feeding your kids until 12 months is just a fad. 



First you should stay out of the sun, now we have Vit D issues.  Come on you guys, think.

Cindy - posted on 01/13/2009

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ok people ?  Listen to yourselves.  Have Baby eat what you eat.  Stop cramming premade food that you won't eat yourself.  It might not be the food itself but the chemicals used to retain color and shelf life. 



My son is 5 months old and has had mushed up what ever I eat since he came home from the hospital.  My eldest had mushed up what ever I had when we were still in the hospital.  Both very healthy and no "allergic" reactions. 



Talk to your parents!  Your grand parents!  Ask them what they fed their babies.  You will be shocked.  This not feeding your kids until 12 months is just a fad. 



First you should stay out of the sun, now we have Vit D issues.  Come on you guys, think.

Eric-Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Anyone have a child allergic to carrots, sweet potatoes and squash (orange/yellow vegetables)?

I'm having the exact same problem! I've backed down to bananas and applesauce and then green beans and peas. Like you said, everything else seems to be a blend of at least one of those things. Oh, and peaches too. I've thought about allergy testing as well...but I think I'll try to hold off until he is older and see if he outgrows it.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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it may also be the natural nitrates....orange/yellow veggies have a lot as do spinach etc...

Amy - posted on 01/13/2009

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My sister's son (my nephew) had something similar...his nose would turn orange, due to always eating foods that contained 'orange!' The doctor told them to wean away from those foods and just use them intermittently. I don't know if this helps, but just thought that I would throw it out there! Good luck!

Angela - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yes my child is. I had to homemade every food. Beechnut (at superstore) has some protien rich baby food that don't have those in them. My doctor expects him to grow out of it. Hopefully as this really sucks.

Christie - posted on 01/13/2009

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i don't know about the allery stuff, but as far as diaper rash goes... my son used to get terrible heat rash on his bottom and an oatmeat bath was very soothing and actually helped get rid of the rash. You can get oatmeal bath in any drug store.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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Neither of my kids seem to have any food allergies, but I myself actually had an allergy to orange and yellow vegetables, with similar symptoms. I don't believe I was ever "officially" tested. I seem to have outgrown the allergies, but I still don't eat them very much.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm - posted on 01/12/2009

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I don't feed my babies solids until they are almost a year old....just nursing and a few snacky finger foods to keep them busy in the highchair....I have read that the longer you wait to introduce solids the more developed and ready the babys system will be  to digest them and the chance for food allergies goes down....I have 6 kids and it workes for me....maybe take her of all solids and wait for a while to try again....after all breastmilk is the perfect food....you can't improve on that for the 1st year.

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Oh- and "they" say to think of your baby in terms of the age they WOULD have been- had they not been premature. So a baby that was born 6 months ago, but was born a month premature, may only have the digestive capabilities of a 5 month old, for example.

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I'm not sure how old your daughter is, or when you started feeding her solid foods, so I'm not sure how helpful this info will be, but I've been following a pretty strict food introduction diet with my daughter (25 months) and have had fantastic results. It is a lot more work her first few years of life, but I figure it is infinitely easier to do this now than have her develop allergies and have to regulate her diet when she's older and making her own food choices. The idea is that their digestive system develops gradually- it's not ready for all foods at the get-go. So you wait until their system is at least theoretically ready before introducing different types of foods. (The particular chart I'm going by recommends waiting until they're 6-9 months old to give them the items you listed..) If you would like a copy of the chart I compiled, I'd be happy to send it to you.

Lea - posted on 01/12/2009

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wow!  I had never heard of this, but thank goodness my son is not, cuz sweet potatoes was the first veggie we tried and he LOVED them... lol, it was much easier than I thought since at first he would reject cereals.  My son WAS premature (he was 6 1/2 weeks early). 



What I  do have problems with tho is SPITTING UP... sometimes it seems like a lot, other times a real little bit, it was this way when he only was getting formula, when we added cereals, veggies, fruits, and now even meats... my "explicatives" pediatrician knows about it, we tried zantax thinkin he had reflux, and it didnt help... so we stopped it, but I would have thought she'd want me to switch formulas, but she is sooooooooooo insistant on Similacs NeoSure due to the 22 calorie vs 20 in other formulas.......... wonderin Melissa if you had any of these issues with your preemie?  I am thinking of switching anyway, but he is almost 9 months and should be off formula soon anyway....

Beckydf - posted on 01/12/2009

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oh bless my son is allergic to peas and sweetcorn but he can eat the rest of the veg i know the feeling i have to look at food and make sure that they is no peas or sweetcorn in it. i would talk to your health visitor or go and see the doctor and get it check out good luck if you need to talk more my email is beckymg81@hotmail.com ok

Yolanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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No, she was a week late! But we both have excema. It runs in the family. I haven't yet caught on to what allergies are causing it. I have considered seeing a different allergist, but we had such a bad time with the first one, I'm not certain I will. Make sure they listen to you! Our trouble was they said they couldn't test for her allergies and that I didn't react the way most people do to my allergies. For example, when they tested me for dairy, no bumps raised up on my skin. However, if I have dairy my throat swells shut. They wouldn't listen and marked it a non-allergy on my chart. Hopefully you'll have a better go of it. :)

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2009

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Just curious, was your daughter premature?  I have only met one other person with a daughter with the same allergy and she was a preemie, as was my daughter ... not sure if that has any correlation or not.



We do the 3-day wait rule with any new foods ... that's how I knew so early about the allergy because she had only had carrots and got her first rash, and then only had sweet potatoes and got the same rash ... luckily I caught on very early and didn't give her too much of any one food to cause too severe of a reaction, although it was bad enough just from the small amounts she ate.



I am looking into taking her to a pediatric allergist and see what they say, she also has excema and I know that can be associated with some allergies, so I think I better get her checked out.



Thanks for the responses!

Yolanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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Oh, also with all new foods as a baby, I'd give her something to try and wait 2-3 days before introducing anything else new. Just to keep track of any reactions. :)

Yolanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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No Melissa, we didn't have that issue because she HATES those veggies! lol. She'll only eat broccoli, peas, and corn. Our doctor told us that even though her diet is limited to those few vegetables she is still very healthy. I have a lot of food allergies myself, so finding foods we both can eat is difficult, but we do manage. It's worth the effort. My daughter is avg. weight and above avg. height. She takes those gummy vitamins to balance things out. I know that's too much for your young one, but there's also those vitamin drops you might consider. Good luck! :)

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thanks for the comments.  I hadn't realized that peaches had betacarotene and was fighting a rash when I posted, so it definitely helped me realize how careful I am going to have to be.  I also found online that spinach and leafy greens have betacarotene - Yolanda, did you have issues with these as well?  Also found that mangos, papaya and cantelope ... I feel like I am slowly narrowing my daughter's diet to so few things - right now she basically eats peas, green beans, apples, pears, bananas and yogurt - plus some finger foods like tofu, wheat toast and puffs.  I think I am going to talk to the doctor about seeing an allergist as some online stuff said she could become deficient in vitamin A, so not sure how to handle that.

Krista - posted on 01/08/2009

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hmm I've never associated it with color but carrots and sweet potatoes (squash is fine) give my little man really bad stomach aches. He screams and squirms every time he eats them so I've cut them out for a few months until I try to reintroduce them. If you're having these reactions then I would say stop feeding her those veggies for a while and stick with two jars of stage 1 foods if she needs more.

Yolanda - posted on 01/08/2009

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Hi, I'm Nicole's friend and yes, my 7 yr. old daughter is allergic to beta carotene. Or, so that's what the doctor tells us. When she was about 10 mths she started developing rashes in her diaper and on her back. The back didn't hurt her but the diaper rash, of course was very painful. I took my child to be tested for allergies at age 2, but they said they could only test the basics like dairy, wheat, nuts, etc. and not something like beta carotene. I don't know if all clinics are like that or just the one we went to? So, what we do is just like Nicole said. I test her periodically to see if she's outgrown the allergy, (She did with pineapple, but not sweet potatoes, carrots, or peaches.) but for the most part I have taught her how to avoid the things that give her painful rashes. Oh, and as far as baby foods go, you can make food at home in a food processor that won't be blended with carrots. Hope that helps.

Nicole - posted on 01/07/2009

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a friend of mine has a daughter that is allergic to those things.  They think it is the beta caroteen in them that she is allergic to, because she can eat oranges just fine.  Make sure that she does not eat any peaches either.  You can always spice up her diet with broccli with cheese, liama beens, caflower, ect.  most of the time a dr. will not do tests on a kid until they are at least three, that is because a kid can out-grow or even grow into other allergies.  the best thing to do is to keep her way from them as much as possible and teach her that she can not have those items and how to recognize them right away.  if you need some recepies without those items in them, let me know and I will see what i can do for you.



Sincerely,



Nicole

Lindy - posted on 01/07/2009

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My neice Katy had a reaction to betacarotene but not in the form of a rash. Her skin actually turned orange! All over her. Ten years later, her favorite food is sweet potatoes and she doesn't change colors anymore. But her situation wasn't causing pain. I hope you and your doctors are able to find a solution quickly.

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