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Angelmaker Wed 05-Jan-11 12:08:32

Hi there, has anyone suffered an allergic reaction after eating a mini babybel. Yesterday morning after doing the weekly shop my 2 1/2 year old daughter wanted something to eat, so as I was driving home she ate a mini babybel. Immediately after eating it I noticed that her face was coming out in lumps and her hands were severely swollen and were bright red. She then started crying and screaming that her legs were hurting. Luckily it only took a couple of minutes to get home. I took her tights off and her legs and feet were swelling and big lumps were appearing along with the redness. I quickly gave here some Piriton and took her straight to the doctors.

Two doctors checked her over and said that she had had a bad reaction to something although they had never heard of mini babybel being the cause. She has eaten them in the past (although not for quite a while), she eats lots of cheese and yoghurts and loves milk and has never had a problem. We had to spend the morning in the doctors surgery while they kept a check on her and gave her milk to see if she had a reaction to that, which luckily she never.

Apart from the mini babybel, DD had only had milk and a banana that morning.

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waitingforgodot Wed 05-Jan-11 16:42:51

yes my DS had a bad reaction to a mini babybel. He hadn't had any for a while as he is on a dairy lite diet. After eating one, he came out in a rash from hand to elbow. It was really strange. The doctor said it was eczema however he has not had it since and has eaten normal cheddar.

PixieOnaLeaf Thu 06-Jan-11 08:36:13

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belgo Thu 06-Jan-11 08:37:30

Did she take off the waxy red covering herself? I wonder if it was something in that.

PixieOnaLeaf Thu 06-Jan-11 08:46:01

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Angelmaker Thu 06-Jan-11 14:33:33

Hi there, she has never had an allergic reaction to anything before, which made the severity of this all the more scary.

Coat, car and carseat all unwashed (but clean!) so no new detergents. The only thing that she had touched in the supermarket was the Mini Babybel which she held around most of the shop, so I'm guessing it's not a reaction to the wax or it would have happened earlier, wouldn't it?

Prior to the Piriton she had not had any other medication.

I am really baffled by this and wondering if I should give her a small piece to see if she reacts again, although the thought of this actually terrifies me!

She is back to her normal gorgeousness now thanks (rather than looking like the elephant man's younger sister, urgh).

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belgo Thu 06-Jan-11 14:35:43

Allergic reactions are not always immediate. Ds always comes out in a hives like rash a while after exposure, so it's almost impossible to know what is causing it.

PixieOnaLeaf Thu 06-Jan-11 14:41:58

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Angelmaker Fri 07-Jan-11 18:22:51

I had a call from the doctor today who has spoke with someone at the childrens hospital, they have never heard of a reaction to this particular food.

Doctor said not to try her with more as another reaction could be even worse than the last time.

She did sit in the trolley seat, so I guess it could be something from that as there was no reaction on her belly or back just legs, feet, hands and face.

I guess we may never know what caused this, I just hope that it never happens again.

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Pam1973 Mon 08-Jul-13 10:12:05

Yeah. My 20 month daughter just got the rash. Started from back then moved to face then legs and chest. She's very itchy. I read the baby bel website. They suggest there's no allergens but don't definitively say whether there is or not. Dodgy processed cheese is all I have to say.. Probably got something to do with that plastic texture!

SoupDragon Mon 08-Jul-13 10:13:12

Just to say this is a Zombie thread from 2011.

The Op has probably sorted it by now :0

Marylin98 Sun 17-Sep-17 11:27:43

I can tell that babybel is highly allergic. I was suffering from skin problems and I stopped eating babybel and everything came back to normal. Later, I met a friend and she was in panic because of her kid's eczema. I opened her fridge, and suggested her to avoid babybel. The week after that, she was so happy because her kid did not eczema anymore. She could not believe that she had spent all this time at the hospital for nothing because even for doctors, babybel is fine. The truth is that you should not feed your children with it or soon or later, heath's problems will show up.

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