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idigchaitea 06-28-2011 02:23 PM

Allergic to baby food? help!
My almost 8-month old has been having some issues on and off with baby food. He started solids at about 6 months old. He has never really LOVED the stuff. I buy only organic fruits and veggies in jars. From the moment we began them, he broke out in a dry scaly rash all over his belly. He's had some strange blisters in the diaper/leg area that he had to take antibiotics for because some became infected. After he eats certain new foods, he gets a few hives on either his back or mouth/cheek area. I thought brown rice cereal was working for him, but today I gave him just a little bit and he cried a lot and got bright red hives on his cheek and the corner of his mouth. The same thing happened with green beans and blueberries. What is going on here? I feel afraid to even give him solids now! Should I talk to his doctor about this? She swears the eczema is not related to starting solids, but that's when it first appeared. :(

tallanvor 06-28-2011 02:45 PM

Re: Allergic to baby food? help!
I would stop the solids completely for a bit, let him heal, and then try only things that you have made. Start with applesauce, carrots, avocado, pears, etc. Things that are less likely to be an allergen. But, like I said, make it yourself. Really easy -- just steam and mash.

idigchaitea 06-29-2011 12:10 AM

Re: Allergic to baby food? help!
Thanks! I always wanted to make homemade, but find myself reaching for a jar because of how quick it is. I will try to get a routine down so I can freeze some food.


MKS657 06-29-2011 04:11 AM

My daughter had similar problems. Try not to feed him any baby food until his hives resolve. Then feed him 1 kind of baby food at a time. Meaning, give him plain carrots for a few days. If hes not reacting, Stop & wait a day or so then try with something else. At one point i was wondering if it was my daughters immunization shots... I never really knew what was giving her hives because she isnt allergic to anything now & id notice she'd get the hives when she was able to move up a stage in baby food (which is the same time she'd get her shots). If it continues ask your pediatrician to refer you to a allergy specialist :).. Wishing you the best of luck :)

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the_oz_girl 06-29-2011 05:10 AM

Re: Allergic to baby food? help!
Babies just starting solids are the easiest to do elimination diets with, which is basically what you need to do. Try one food at a time unless you see a reaction, at which point you would just stop. Give each new food that doesn't cause a reaction about a week or so. If you do find a food that causes a reaction wait at least a week, possibly two, before trying something new. That way the reactive food is totally out of the system and so is the reaction it caused. Let the reaction totally go away and totally heal (no rash, redness, irritation at all) between foods if one develops. While you wait go back to something 'safe' if you've found something or just back to bf/ff only if you haven't found a good solid food to work with.

Skipping the prepared jar foods is an great idea as well. The machinery it is processed on can have lingering allergens. If you buy an apple and prepare it yourself though, you know exactly what touched what. Also you might consider trying the non-traditional foods like avocado (try finding that in a jar, lol!) or cauliflower or whatever.

pcjs 06-29-2011 08:52 AM

Re: Allergic to baby food? help!
Many of the jars have preservatives and that could be the reaction or the foods. We can't do apples & pears as it gives my son a rash around his mouth. Its harmless according to the ped. and its genetic as it runs in his family. :)

I'd stay away from some of the fruits and veggies that do it right now.

Making your own is not hard but it takes practice. The easiest way with veggies is to do a few at a time and take a few hours and knock it out. Get ice cube trays and freeze, then take out and store and make enough for a month (or it gets nasty if you do more). The tuff part is getting the consistency with the food/water as your pureeing at home is not as smooth as the jar and some babies need that super smooth for a while. I tried, gave up and then tried again and it was a breeze. We used the First Years gadget which was helpful. Or, just steam a bit extra of what you are eating that night (like corn, squash, etc) and then do it from that. It helps when you over cook the food some before processing so its nice and soft.

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