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Hi everyone,

My ds is 4 months old and I have recently begun giving him rice cereal (only every few days). The first couple times he had it, I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary, but the last 2 times, he has had hives all over his chin when he's done! The first time this happened, he very happily gobbled down the first teaspoon I had mixed for him, so I made him another teaspoon and he ate that as well. When he was done, he seemed like he wasn't feeling too good, threw up, and seemed to be fine. I figured this was because he had eaten too much. Now today, he only had one teaspoon, didn't seem to be feeling sick, and didn't throw up, but had pretty bad hives on his chin! Could this be an allergy to the rice cereal, and I should stop giving it to him? Last time this happened, I thought it was just a red chin from being wiped and spooned so much during the feeding, but today I took a better look afterwards and they definitely were. Also, it's the Nestle cereal, that says to mix with water, but he didn't seem to like it very much the first few times he had it that way, so I started mixing it with breastmilk instead (as per a few suggestions from relatives), and that's when I noticed the hives. Any ideas??????? I'm really worried, isn't rice cereal supposed to have a low chance of allergies and that's why it's recommended as a first food? He's never had anything else besides breast milk, and he seems to be ok on that...

Whiskers :confused: :(
I think hives are a pretty good indicator of an allergy but I've always been told that rice cereal is the least allergenic. I don't see how mixing it with breast milk instead of water would make any difference. My sister in law used to always mix her daughter's with formula. Your best bet is to call the pediatrician. I know when my son was having a problem with formula he was throwing up and had a face rash, not hives, just a rash. They never confirmed any allergy but did put him on hypoallergenic formula which took care of MOST of the problem. It never hurts to call the doctor, especially when it's clear that something is amiss. Good luck to you.
I've heard that rice cereal is low on the allergy list, but when it does happen, people are switching their little ones over to oatmeal. You could try that instead.
My DD has had rice cereal with water, breastmilk and formula with no difference.
Also, FYI-my DD had the same reaction to something and the Dr. said it may not be an allergy, but a sensitivity and to hold off and then try again in a few weeks. I'd suggest that first.
Good luck.
you might try a different brand of cereal. nestle brands made my daughters break out too, and i know i mixed theirs with formula - i know it's terrible, but i don't think i ever even looked at the instructions! i'd never thought about it before, but maybe something about the nestle brand reacts with something in the breastmilk or formula that would cause hives (hence the instructions to mix it with water...). no idea, it's been a couple of years since i used it.

i've used the delmonte, parent's choice, and gerber cereals (all with formula or jar foods) and my girls have never had any problems with them.

another thought is what are you using to clean him up with? my two break out when i use huggies wipes, or generic huggies wipes, and certain bands of paper towels or napkins, and any equate (a walmart generic) brand of anything. it could just be that his skin is extra sensitive and with the spoon, the cereal, and then cleaning him up afterward, it might have just been an overload on his skin. does that make sense??? my older daughter gets like that when she eats extra messy sometimes!
If your little one is only having the affected area on skin where the food is coming in contact with it, it sounds like a contact dermatitis. I know I bathed my son with me one time and the soap I used (which by the way was gentle and contained aloe) caused a minor reddening of the skin it came into contact with. Allergies that are related to ingesting the actual food I would think would affect the entire body, not just the chin (or other area). If he did not have a change in breathing, that is certainly reassuring. I would def check with your ped though.

Amy
You might want to look at the ingredients. Some rice cereals have soy protien and/or milk protien. My guess is that your LO is probably reacting to that and not the rice itself. I really don't understand why they put soy in rice cereal, but they do!:confused:
Thanks so much for all the replies! My son's ped is on vacation at the moment, so I attempted to figure out what's wrong by process of elimination, and it turns out that no matter what I mix the cereal with or what spoon I use, he gets the hives on his chin (however, I did try putting a drop of it on his hand, left it for a few seconds, and wiped it off, and he did NOT get any hives there). Because he didn't get the hives on his hand (that was the cereal mixed with water), I decided to feed him a bit and see how that went. Well for one thing, he really doesn't seem to like the taste of it, so I don't think he ended up ingesting hardly any of it, but when he was done I fed him his bottle, which he gobbled up, and proceeded to projectile vomit right afterwards! So I don't know if it was the cereal or the fast eating of his milk that caused this, but I think I'll just give up on the rice cereal for now... Is there any other types of cereal I should try him on, or should I just forget about that for now and try some veggies?

P.S. It doesn't say anything about a milk or soy protein on the ingredient list--but there is dry skim milk, and a whey protein concentrate... I dont' know if this is the same??
does it bother him? or does he have any other symptoms? if he doesn't have any other symptoms, i would bet he's not allergic to the cereal, but maybe like it was mentioned before, maybe he's allergic to one of the other ingredients. have you tried a different brand of rice cereal? or if you don't want to try the rice cereal anymore, you could try oatmeal.... but i would do something other than the nestle brand! :)
Well, it doesn't really seem to bother him too much, and the only other symptom he has is the throwing up (which I'm not ENTIRELY sure is from the cereal). I'm kind of hoping it's just one of the ingredients and not the actual rice part of it, because that really eliminates a lot of food for him... I feel so badly for him too because he is such a hungry little guy, and I have no idea what else to give to him at this point. I have an appointment for him to see the dr. on Wednesday. I don't remember if I mentioned in my first post, but he's only had this cereal about 6 times, and he had NO reaction to it for the first 3 times he had it, so I wonder why all of a sudden? I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the doctor says... And it's also strange that he would have the allergy in the first place because neither his dad, or myself are allergic to any foods (only environmental allergies for me), and he's been breastfed since birth. :(

Whiskers :confused:
[QUOTE=WhiskersOnKittens;3225118] I don't remember if I mentioned in my first post, but he's only had this cereal about 6 times, and he had NO reaction to it for the first 3 times he had it, so I wonder why all of a sudden? I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the doctor says... And it's also strange that he would have the allergy in the first place because neither his dad, or myself are allergic to any foods (only environmental allergies for me), and he's been breastfed since birth. :(

Whiskers :confused:[/QUOTE]

It can take an allergy awhile to show itself. DS has an allergy or an intolerence or something to both milk and soy protein. Of course, he was about 4 weeks old by the time we discovered this. I'd been using Similac to add extra calories to my breastmilk and he'd been being fine until all of a sudden he started projectile vomiting after every bottle. We got him onto Nutramigen and he's doing great. The final clue was when I stopped pumping and put him on formula exclusively and he started gaining weight like you wouldn't believe! Anyway, just let us know what the doctor says. Good luck to you and I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's not an allergy.
Hi all,

Well I just wanted to let you all know that the doctor said it's most likely an allergy to the rice, and that I should keep him off it for now and "down the road" we'll do some allergy testing. He looked at the ingredient list, and said that all that other stuff is just fillers, and there's such a small amount of it that he probably wouldn't of had such a bad reaction if it wasn't the rice itself. So he said to try oatmeal or barley. We gave him some barley yesterday and today, and no hives or vomitting, but I guess that doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet... I'm praying he continues to be ok with it. I can't help but feel guilty though. I hope he didn't develop this because we started giving him the cereal before he's 6 months (which is what's been recommended to us by the public health nurses in our area), however he's been to see 2 different doctors, and they both said it was fine to feed him the cereal at about 3 months. But I still feel badly and wonder what would've happened if we would've waited. Maybe he'll grow out of it.... :confused:

Whiskers :(
I can appreciate feeling bad and asking, "What if." There are SO many things I can, "What if," with my son. "What if...we had elected NOT to deliver him 6 weeks early? Would he be able to drink regular formula? Would I have been able to breast feed him?" MAYBE...but on the OTHER side of that arguement, he might not be here.
Anyway, my point is this...it's not worth guilting yourself about. Our babies are only babies for a tiny portion of their lives and we need to spend it enjoying that time. What happened happened, and besides that I know plenty of people (including myself) who were given rice cereal WAY before 3 months. If 2 doctors told you it was find, then don't even worry about it. Hopefully he'll outgrow it, but until then just stick with the barley for now. Good luck to you! :)
Hi there!

I'm new here and joined up because I did a ****** search about allergies to nestle cereals and your post came up. I almost could have written your original post myself!! Let me tell you my story (briefly!): I gave my son nestle rice cereal just before 6 months and the first couple of times he got a red face - around his mouth, and I, like you, assumed it was from me scooping the cereal off his face with the spoon. But by the 3rd time, he had a full anaphlactic (sp?) reaction. Blotchy red on his face, breathing problems, foaming at the mouth, a little vomiting.... at the time I didn't know this was an anaphlactic reaction, I had no experience with allergies. Anyways, I went to the doctor and explained and he said to immediately stop all solids and refered me to another doctor. The other doctor told me I could just stop the rice and try barley. And after explaining the reaction (and he had hives too), he prescribed us an epi pen. He also told me that allergic reactions get worse the more times they are exposed to whatever it is they are allergic to. So I waited a few weeks before trying anything again, I was really scared!!

Anyways, I don't think nestle makes a barley cereal so I bought one by heinz. He was fine on it but didn't like it (in honesty, it did taste like crap!). So I got him nestle oat cereal. Again - a reaction, but not a bad one, just a red face and mini-hives. Ok, so I stopped that. Then I bought a heinz wheat cereal (with grape and banana, maybe? Don't remember), anyways, he was ok on that one. Then I bought a nestle wheat and yogurt one and again, another reaction with red face and hives. So that was 2 heinz ones he was ok on and 3 nestle ones he was not. I have yet to sit down and compare the ingredients (just reacted today to the newest nestle one) but the nestle has a lot of ingredients the heinz ones do not.

We will be seeing an allergist in a few months but until then, I am convinced he is allergic to something in the nestle cereal. I'm tempted to go back and buy heinz rice cereal (my son reacted to the nestle one) and see if he reacts to that, but I think I'll wait a few days.

Anyways, I just wanted to share my story. :) I also have pictures of his hives and red face if you'd like to see. I'm going to try and set up my profile so I can be contacted if you'd like to see them.
[QUOTE=WhiskersOnKittens;3230745]Hi all,

Well I just wanted to let you all know that the doctor said it's most likely an allergy to the rice, and that I should keep him off it for now and "down the road" we'll do some allergy testing. He looked at the ingredient list, and said that all that other stuff is just fillers, and there's such a small amount of it that he probably wouldn't of had such a bad reaction if it wasn't the rice itself. So he said to try oatmeal or barley. We gave him some barley yesterday and today, and no hives or vomitting, but I guess that doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet... I'm praying he continues to be ok with it. I can't help but feel guilty though. I hope he didn't develop this because we started giving him the cereal before he's 6 months (which is what's been recommended to us by the public health nurses in our area), however he's been to see 2 different doctors, and they both said it was fine to feed him the cereal at about 3 months. But I still feel badly and wonder what would've happened if we would've waited. Maybe he'll grow out of it.... :confused:

Whiskers :([/QUOTE]

hey, don't beat yourself up about it. there are so many differing opinions out there about when to start cereal, i don't think anyone really actually knows for sure! the age to start solids has changed so many times in just the few years (almost 4) since my first was born. it goes back and forth all the time! sometimes the "experts" say 4 months, sometimes the "experts" say 6 months.... they never all agree at the same time either! it gets so confusing, i kind of tend to block out what the experts say and do my own thing. i figure you know your baby better than anyone, so go with what your gut says and trust your mommy instincts. your son is growing and formula alone wasn't cutting it, what else could you do for him?

my older brother started on cereal at 5 days old, and never had a problem with allergies at all. i started my oldest daughter on cereal at just before 2 months old, and she did just fine too. most of my nieces and nephews started at somewhere between 4-5 months and had no allergies either. i never understood how they could prove that starting a kid on solids early could cause food allergies. i think if a kid is going to be allergic, they're going to be allergic no matter what age they start eating food at. just my own opinion.... but what do i know? :)

i agree with melanie, it could really be just the nestle cereal that he is allergic to. that being said, i wouldn't rush to get him some other rice cereal just yet, but if you try oatmeal or something else, do a different brand to be safe!!!
Thanks for the replies--they made me feel much better! Melanie--let me know if you decide to try the Heinz rice cereal--I was thinking about trying it myself, but I am just really afraid that he'll have a worse reaction, and then I'll regret it. I really am starting to think that it might be the nestle brand, he's been having the Heinz barley for the past 5 days, and no reaction so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he continues to be ok!

Whiskers :)
[QUOTE=WhiskersOnKittens;3234468]Thanks for the replies--they made me feel much better! Melanie--let me know if you decide to try the Heinz rice cereal--I was thinking about trying it myself, but I am just really afraid that he'll have a worse reaction, and then I'll regret it. I really am starting to think that it might be the nestle brand, he's been having the Heinz barley for the past 5 days, and no reaction so far. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he continues to be ok!

Whiskers :)[/QUOTE]

Hey Whiskers!

I just wanted to let you know that I think my son is allergic to a milk protein. I think I told you all the details in my original post but wanted to say that, last night, I taped a band-aid to him with cow's milk on it (for 3 minutes) and after those 3 minutes his arm broke out in blotchy red spots. So I think it's the milk... :(

Melanie





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