6 month old baby allergic reaction to Gerber Apples organic?

User - posted on 03/01/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )




Hey! I started my almost 6 month old on apples because it was what I thought to be the easiest on his very sensitive stomach. I mixed it w/ rice cereal and water the 1st time and he was fine. Next morning I gave him pure apple (gerber organic 1st food) and immediately the skin under his mouth got really red. I need to preface this with the fact that he is furiously teething and it seemed to have already been red, but it definitely got worse. Then, he started strangely arching his back, not crying, but arching and pooching and puckering his lips out like he was trying to kiss, but like REALLY REALLY hard, and sticking his tongue out too. Then 4 hours later he had a horrible screaming fit. I thought that was just his reflux and teething, so I stupidly tried it again, but just a tiny bit in more rice cereal and the reaction was much less, if anything.

My pediatrician said to try vegetables and take him off the apples. I just am confused? Does he have oral allergy syndrome? Will he outgrow that? From what I've read OAS is to RAW fruit/veg. I am just nervous to try another food now. He is on nutramigen formula because he is so sensitive.

Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated! Jessi


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Joe - posted on 07/24/2015




My son is also allergic to many fruits and some veggies....all that in practically every baby food. My son also has bad reflux. So far what works is giving him sweet potato, squash, pumpkin, chickpeas....no reaction so far....and sulfite free grape juice....read labels, everything has apple juice in it....but Welch's has a natural grape juice without all the extra crap. I know its an old post, I wish you the best....my son is now afraid to eat anything new in fear he might have a bad reaction. :o(

Tracy - posted on 03/08/2012




It could be oral allergy syndrome or another type of allergy. Most gerber products contain soy. I would steer clear of apples for now but Earths Best makes really good organic baby foods or you could make your own. My daughter is allergic to dairy and soy and as a baby reacted to Gerber products. Talk to your pediatrician about some oral benadryl if it happens again and the symptoms are severe. Especially coughing, protuding tounge, excessive drooling. Her airway could swell and it could be quite dangerous. Usually the dose of Benadryl is 1/2 tsp for every 10lbs of body weight but Id check with her dr. first.

Lori - posted on 03/06/2012




I don't think yogurt is recommended until after 9 months. And dairy is a very common allergen. Since this little one has already shown signs of allergies, I'd hold off on offering dairy until 1 year. Just My Opinion.

Julie - posted on 03/06/2012




Give him pure yogurt as soon as you can - and continue to do so every day of his life.

Seriously, it will greatly aid his deigstion ♥

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We have severe reactions to rice in our family. I did not read all the posts but I would maybe try making your own food first to make sure you know exactly whats in it. For all we know they process all types of baby food on the same machines.

I have more servere OAS to raw foods but still get ichy from cooked ones.

Good Luck

Cassie - posted on 03/03/2012




Could just be the sugar in it to...I have always been told to start them on veggies first just because of that. I would stay away from any kind of apples for a while just to make sure. I have found it works better that way too. Hope you find out and hoping it is not an allergy just because I know how hard living with one is.

Amanda - posted on 03/02/2012




not sure that you will be able to completely get away from aresnic because it is found in just about everything, water, food, soil, etc.

JMHO, if you feel your child has an allergy take the baby to an allergist. If your son is truly allergic, next time he could go into analeptic (sp?) shock and that is a life threatening illness.

Also, if your son has many sensitivities, a visit to a pediatric nutrionist would not be a bad idea.

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I'm going to second Lori's comment about the citric acid. Try making your own baby food. That way you know exactly what is going into it. Maybe try you own homemade apple puree in a few weeks after trying him on other fruits/veg.

Lori - posted on 03/01/2012




it's also possible it's a citric acid allergy. Many baby foods are preserved with citric acid, and while fairly uncommon, some people are allergic to it.

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I would consider making your own baby food. Recently, even organic baby food was found to have arsenic in it. And I agree with your Dr., sugars aren't best to start on. I would try squash, sweet potato, etc.

Brittney - posted on 03/01/2012




I wouldn't think so, I tried squash, sweet potato and carrots first then worked my way to green vegetables, then started introducing fruits.

Brittney - posted on 03/01/2012




Well, I cant have anything that has apple in it, no juices or applesauce, gummy snacks, fresh or cooked. Maybe he does just have an allergy, but my daughters pediatrician said that if you think your baby may be allergic to something re-offer it at a year to see if the child had grown out of the allergy.

User - posted on 03/01/2012




Quoted "This reaction is only seen when eating fresh or uncooked foods. When the food is cooked, this protein is destroyed and can no longer initiate an immune reaction."................this is what is confusing me.

User - posted on 03/01/2012




OH, and another thing that doesn't make sense is he ate COOKED apples. I don't see anything, nor can I google anything that says that OAS is found w/ cooked apples.

User - posted on 03/01/2012




Thank you for all of those! I will definitely not give him anymore apples until a year. I guess what you are saying is that at a year, the allergy could be gone?

As far as those links, I read most of them before I posted on this website. Ive been obsessed with finding out if this is isolated to JUST apples, or if he has OAS.

I will try a vegetable next, and see. I am just so scared to try anything else. I am thinking squash? His stomach is so sensitive and I know if I pick the wrong thing, he will be up all night w/ gas. Now add in the allergy and I'm just baffled. Thanks for your help. I will look through the articles again and see what I can find. Jessi

Brittney - posted on 03/01/2012




I'm allergic to apples (juices, fruit, anything related)and I get anaphylaxis...but if he has had one reaction don't offer it again, just forget about applesauce, juice, and wait until he is at least1 to try again. My daughter ran a high fever the first time I gave her an apple product, then I waited and tried again and she didn't have any more reactions.

I found this article on WebMD: WebMD Feature Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

What do yet get when you cross a cantaloupe with a ragweed plant, or an apple with a birch tree? An itchy mouth.

For many people with hay fever, eating cantaloupe can cause itching or hives in their mouths. Eating uncooked apples may do the same to people with birch pollen allergy.

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They have oral allergy syndrome. So do up to a third of pollen allergy patients, notes the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI).

Most cases are mild. But some can be an early warning sign of a serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Oral Allergy Syndrome: What Happens

You can blame oral allergy syndrome on the immune system trying a little too hard to protect the body.

In hay fever (seasonal allergies), the immune system treats certain inhaled pollen proteins as foreign invaders. It prompts sneezing, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, and other unpleasant symptoms to flush the intruder out of the body.

In oral allergy syndrome, the immune system treats proteins similar to those in pollen that are sometimes found in fruits or vegetables the same way. It's as if it says, “Close enough!” and attacks it. That's called cross-reactivity.

Foods to Watch Out For

Here are foods that may have proteins that cross-react with pollen proteins:

Ragweed Allergy: “Ragweed, in theory, cross-reacts with bananas and melons, so people with ragweed allergies may react to honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelons, or tomatoes,” says Warren V. Filley MD, from the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Oklahoma City.

Zucchini, sunflower seeds, dandelions, chamomile tea, and echinacea also go on that list, notes the AAAAI's web site.

Birch Pollen Allergy: People with birch pollen allergies may react to kiwi, apples, pears, peaches, kiwi, plums, coriander, fennel, parsley, celery, cherries, carrots, hazelnuts, and almonds.

Grass Allergy: People with grass allergy may react to "peaches, celery, tomatoes, melons, and oranges," the AAAAI states.

Latex Rubber Allergy: Like pollen allergy, people allergic to latex rubber may react to "bananas, avocados, kiwi, chestnut, and papaya," the AAAAI states.


This one is from: http://oralallergy.net/

Oral Allergy Syndrome

The term oral allergy is often used to describe symptoms which affect the lips and oral cavity. In simple terms, the syndrome is described as an allergic reaction to certain fruits, nuts and vegetables. The majority of people who develop this allergic disorder almost always have hay fever or a history of allergies. The syndrome is rare in children and most common in teenagers and adolescents. In most cases the disorder is most commonly seen in individuals who already have allergies to birch pollen. In some cases individuals who have allergies to dust, mites, pollen of grass, ragweed and mugwort may also develop this syndrome. The reactions to these allergens can occur at any time but like most allergies are common during the pollen season.

Symptoms of this oral disorder include:

-Moderate to severe itching localized in the mouth area

-A sensation of burning around the lips and mouth

-An irritable or sore throat sensation

-Watery eyes

-Itching around the eyes

-Runny or congested nose

-Frequent sneezing

The symptoms of this allergic disorder of the mouth usually occur immediately after eating or even touching the food but in rare cases the symptoms may be delayed for 45-60 minutes. Some individuals who touch the food may also develop a skin rash or hives at that site. While in most cases the oral allergy syndrome is mild in nature, it can become serious and present with swelling of the throat, lips and mouth. In such a case, immediate medical attention should be sought. Such cases can quickly turn serious and present with signs of an anaphylactic shock. the features of anaphylactic shock include:

- severe wheezing

- generalized hives

- flushed skin

- severe asthmatic attack

- low blood pressure with weak pulse

- difficulty breathing

- shock like state

Foods that have been associated with the allergy syndrome include:

- Apples

- bananas

- beans

- celery

- cucumber

- cumin

- grapes

- hazelnut

- kiwi

- oranges

- parsley

- tomatoes

- watermelon

- white potato

It is believed that the oral allergy syndrome occurs because of a certain protein in the foods. This reaction is only seen when eating fresh or uncooked foods. When the food is cooked, this protein is destroyed and can no longer initiate an immune reaction. However, nuts are an exception because boiling or cooking still does not destroy the protein in these type of foods. What is known is that as the fruits get older the allergic potential decreases. Oral allergy treatment is only indicated if the symptoms are moderate to severe. For mild cases, one may use an over the counter anti histamine. All individuals who have a history of allergy should carry an auto injector. The oral allergy treatment for anaphylaxis requires immediate administration of epinephrine injection into the thigh. Other treatments for oral allergy include cooking all foods, immunotherapy, avoiding triggering foods or moving to a pollen free area.

This one is from: http://www.oralallergysyndrome.org/

When the substances that we eat cause allergies, they are known as oral allergies. Being of several kinds, allergies are caused when the body reacts to substances that we come in contact with. Oral allergies are caused by reactions between the proteins in fresh fruits and vegetables and pollens and about 70% of people with allergy to pollen have oral allergy syndrome as well. Cooking or baking, however, do not cause these allergies since these processes make the proteins break down easily.

Symptoms – Oral Allergy Syndrome

When the fresh vegetables or fruits that cause allergies in people are touched, a host of symptoms may occur – tingling, itching, swelling of the throat, moth, lips and tongue, burning – at those points that these have touched the skin. However, these symptoms do not last very long and do not progress to anything more serious.

Symptoms associated with food allergy may occur in people with oral allergy syndrome – about 9 percent of people – and about 2 percent of people may experience anaphylaxis. Symptoms of oral allergy are severe during the time when pollen is found the most and it has therefore been suggested that the name of this to pollen food syndrome.

Associations – Foods and Pollens

Associations between fruit and pollen in people with oral allergy syndrome have been observed as causing symptoms-

Weed as in ragweed with melons like cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon), cucumbers, zucchini and bananas

Trees as in birch with carrots, cherries, potatoes, carrots, apples celery, plums, pears, parsnip, peaches, hazelnuts, apricots and kiwi fruit

Weed as in mugwort and various spices, carrots and celery

Grasses with potatoes, peaches and tomatoes

Diagnosis – Oral Allergy Syndrome

The symptoms that are commonly associated with allergic rhinitis that is seasonal are also likely in this case. The way to test is by way of testing the skin to foods that are suspected of causing allergies and thereby confirming things.

Processing causes the proteins in commercially available extracts for testing for allergies with food and therefore, a procedure known as the “prick-prick” procedure using fresh vegetables and fresh fruits is used. In this procedure, the fresh food has a needle inserted into it and this needle is then used for pricking the skin of the person that is being tested.

Treatment of Oral Allergy Syndrome

When a reaction that is more severe is likely, it is advised that people who are susceptible avoid these fresh vegetables and fruits. People who find these symptoms uncomfortable, they may likely avoid these anyway. When cooked, baked or otherwise processed, these foods can likely be tolerated and it has been observed that the use of precautionary measures/shots for the pollens that are associated with the items of food can work in eliminating the symptoms of the oral allergy syndrome.

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