Allergic to grain cereal?

Tandi - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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We were feeding my 7 month old daughter heinz mixed cereal for a few weeks, then all of a sudden on friday evening, 2 hours after she had her cereal she woke up vomiting. she vomitted 18 times in 45 minutes, and no we're not talking spit -up, we're talking full out vomitting. so we took her to emergency room and they thought it was an allergy to a new ingredient that changed in the cereal, so we bought the same brand but the organic version of the same cereal (it didnt have that ingredient) and gave it to her tonight, and two hours later she woke up vomitting again! not nearly as severe but still the same kind of thing! my doc wont take phone calls and cant see her until wednesday, does anyone have experience with this?? is this an allergy? to what?

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Sandra - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi Tandi
My son spit up everything because he ate to much and to fast he was 10lbs 4oz when he was born and he grew really fast.
Check the box of cereals some have milk in them. Maybe it the milk not the cereal. They have some good ones in the health food store with no milk. I made all my own baby food. Except Apple sauce it was cheaper to buy because no one else eat in the house except me and baby.
There are two books I used for baby food
1.The hospital for sick children BETTER BABY FOOD.By: Daina Kalnins,RD CNSD
2. FIRST MEALS By: Annabel Karmel
I really like both books because both are so different and full of recipes.
Hope everything works out for you.

Cindy - posted on 04/06/2009

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I totally understand giving the tummy a break! Poor kid! She needs a few days to recouperate.
I forgot to mention we had issues with weight gain too. Our doc went a little overboard and sent us to a Dietitian and an Occupational Therapist (to test for oral aversions). Once he stopped eating rice and started with more and more veggies he started gaining weight again. He started in the 50th percentile and dropped to the 13th, but now he's holding on steady. Good luck!

Tandi - posted on 04/06/2009

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lol cindy! my husband is saying the same thing!! he is convinced it is all jsut a coincidence! i laugh because i was frustrated with him too, and it is good to know i'm not the only one dealing with that kind of thing, but anyway no your answer was good to, and i think i will go that route, but i want to give her tummy a break for now, maybe in a few days i will try a cereal again.

Cindy - posted on 04/06/2009

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My son did the exact same thing with rice cereal. He's allergic to the rice itself, which we found out the hard way because my husband insisted it was all a coincidence (I was less than impressed, but that's a different story). Luckily we haven't found anything else he is allergic to and our doc says that he will probably outgrow it. You said it's a mixed grain cereal - what grains are in it? I think the only way you'll know what exactly she's allergic to is by keeping track of what she eats and narrowing it down, if that makes sense. So if the cereal is oat, wheat and rice for example then you'll have to feed just oat one day, just rice one day and just wheat one day to find out which one it is. Sorry I don't have a better answer for you!

Tandi - posted on 04/06/2009

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thank you, tara this was very helpful! i think she does have reflux b/c when she was on just breast milk i swear she spit up as much as she ate! and we have had huge issues with getting her to gain weight, she was born 8lbs, she's now 15 lbs, at 7 months!!



i feel like this should have been obvious lol *smacks forhead with palm* but now that i know i will definatley be more careful! thanks again tara!!

Tara - posted on 04/06/2009

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some babies have a real hard time digesting food period ..they have acid reflux...which seems like it may be a possibility just because u mentioned that it happend to her when she was laying down....reflux is more likely to occur when laying down........if you feed her late or close to bed...try watering her food down a bit more and dont feed her as close to bed ....try giving her a fluid instead ...see if this helps ....if it does it could be reflux........alergies are more likely to cause outward reactions ...anything you are curious about an alergy with ...put on her cheek and leave without washing area..u can wipe it off after a few mins....but if nothing appears within24 hours....the likelyness of it being an allergy is very unlikely....... I have had so many problems with both.....while your baby is going through this .......i dont know if you are sleeping her on her back .....if she is ..try to wedge her onto her side...because if she were to for some reason choke on her vomit ..it could shut her kidneys down and you could loose her.........my son had awful reflux and it took me quite a while to get it diagnosed........my other has a ton of alergies .....hopefully i could help you a bit....good luck ..if u want any more info let me know...and i will see if i have any more that might be able to help......frustrating i know

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