Babies with food allergies

United States
May 20, 2007 11:04pm CST
Anyone out there with a baby not able to eat anything? My 8 month old is allergic to milk and soy. She is using Nutramigen Infant formula and would like something more. After trying rice cereal from a box off and on over the past two months I realize that there is soy in it. Now I have tried applesauce and bananas and she continues to break out. I am reading up on food allergies in infants and have found a few helpful tips. Any suggestions?
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@toe_ster (771)
• United States
21 May 07
Oh this brings back memories. I have a now 18 month old who had the same problems you are discribing. Here is what I learned. First we had him tested a few times for allergies. Everything came back negative. We tried all the formulas finally stuck with similacs version of Nutramigen which is Alimentum. Every new food we introduced him to he broke out too. we were in the doctors office constantly over this. They had no idea. Finally around nine months they put 2 and 2 together and though it was just eczema. And certain foods do cause rashes more from eczema than allergies. If your child is not vomiting or losing weight and it is mainly the rash, you should ask for a prescription cream for it. Also give it time. Sometimes if it is just eczema or if your child is just sensitive to new things like mine, they get over it. He is 18 months now and you would never guess by looking at him all the heartache and drama that first year was. It gets better!
@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
21 May 07
Breaking out? As in rashes and hives? If the baby isn't having any other digestive problems and is just breaking out then it may be an allergy to the type of laundry soap used on the sheets and clothes. Try running everything through a vinegar and water washing and then change to a different mild laundry soap. Everyone in our family gets dermatitis from most kinds of laundry soap so we all have to be very careful.
@Sasselle (698)
• Australia
21 May 07
Why is your bub breaking out with bananas?? Are you just making your own food or giving it something out of a tin?? Only asking as bananas have neither milk or soy in them - your child may have another type of allergy. There are plenty of things that you can mash up enough that don't contain dairy ... most fruits and vegies for example. You can just stick them in the blender until they are well pureed and then feed it to your child [you can also freeze the excess in ice cube trays and thaw out when needed]
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
21 May 07
My son has food allergies and he also suffers from eczema. I identify two of the food that makes his eczema worse, nut and egg yolk. My doctor told me to eliminate all those food that causes his allergies and sadly he has so many that the only safe food for him is his milk. You can try to give her brown rice or go vegetarian or fish with no scales. But you need to consult your pediatrician before you introduce your daughter with the new diet. Good luck.