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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 :(
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!!!





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