Allergic Reaction To Baby Rice Cereal

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Heather F - July 16

I just gave my 4 month old rice cereal for the first time yesterday. We spoon fed just a tbsp of cereal mixed with formula. She is a br___t fed baby so this is the first time she is having formula as well as the rice cereal. My question is, for those of you that had a reaction to the rice cereal what was it like? 3 hours after giving her the cereal she cried for an hour like her tummy hurt her, she would be ok for a little while, smile at me and then her eyes would get wide and she would scream like she was having sharp pains..I could tell it was her stomach because after passing some gas she was ok, I know she wasnt constipated because she had her normal 3 dirty diapers during the day. Should I discontinue trying rice cereal or should I chalk it up to her body getting used to it? Does stomach pain const_tute an allergy to the cereal??

 

LisaB - July 16

You have to rule out if she is having problems because of the cereal or the formula. Ds had has an allergy to rice and it took us a month to be able to say for sure that was what it was. What I would do and this is what my doctor had us do is wait a week (a full 7 days) then try the rice cereal again but this time with b___stmilk or water, she how she reacts if she has a bad reaction tummy problems wait another full 7 days then try again, do this three times to make sure its not a fluke. A tummy ache is not a sign of an allergy, she could be a little too young to start cereal as her tummy may not be ready yet. Or it could have been the formula which I would not give her again until you figure out the cereal ? first. Do you have to give her formula? If so I would forget everything I said about the cereal and try the formula alone first. My doctor told me if my ds was having problems with any new food to always give him atleast a week inbetween.

 

Heather F - July 16

Thanks lisaB - with the cereal what was her reaction like? Did she get hives or something like that? I dont think it is the formula beacause when dd came home from the hospital she was severly jaundiced so in addition to useing a billy blanket we had to supplement with formula and although it was only for a week and she was only getting 1 oz per feeding she had no reaction to it. I think it is just the cereal. I gave it to her this morning made with water instead of the formula and I'll see if the same thing happens.

 

Narcissus - July 16

A true allergic reaction almost always brings on a rash or swelling due to a triggered immune response. An intolerance is more likely what she is experiencing and that can be diminished over time with repeated exposure. You basically described her as having gas and feeling better after it pa__sed. That is probably what the main problem was. I would give it a couple of days b4 you expose her to it again. My son had an intolerance to yogurt (it caused diarrhea) and over time, his body got used to it. I made sure to discontinue it each time he had that response and would wait a week or two before trying it again. Sometimes the digestive system needs to mature more before they will be able to digest food without GI symptoms.

 

Narcissus - July 16

and I just now read LisaB posts. sorry for repeating what she said...i happen to agree with her post.

 

Bonnie - July 16

Bleh, they beat me to it. ;) There is a difference between an intolerance and an allergy. She's never had either before and ir probably gave her a tummy ache and gas. As the others said, test the waters a bit and if you need to, hold off a month and then re-introduce. :)

 

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