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Allergy to Baby Rice

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misselliemae Tue 03-Nov-09 16:49:26

Hi, i was hoping you could help me(apologies, a bit long). My DS is six months. He has been soley BF to date. When i started to wean him he was fed baby rice a couple of days and a portion of butternut squash and he took to it well. I then tried him on carrot and he gagged so i just left it and gave him a bigger portion of baby rice the next day (about 4 baby teaspoons of hipp organic mixed with 1oz of EBM). Shortly after, he was violently sick until nothing was left and he was being sick bile. when i BF him he was sick again. He was so ill he was admitted to hospital overnight and put on a drip. The next morning he had a BF and was fine again. We wnet home and i left weaning for five days and then gave him some 2 teaspoons of Baby rice mixed with alot of EBM so it was very watery. He only had 4 or 5 mouthfulls but about 20/30 mins later he was being violently sick until nothing was left. Rushed him round to GPs and he was so ill he passed out. Gps extremely worried and called an ambulance, again he was nil by mouth in the hospital and on a drip until the next day and when i fed him he was fine. Drs seem to think its a virus, although that doesn't make sense, as there was a 5 day delay between sickness and both just after eating the rice. I think that it is some kind of reaction to the baby rice, because he is so so ill and then just a day or so later when it is out of his system he seems like normal. He also he some mild exzema and a rash that appeared shortly after eating the rice. Also my mum spilt some in the sink and when she poured boiling water on it it still didn't dissolve, is this normal? I am worried he has an allergy to the rice or food in general. They are carrying out an allergy test but results will take another month. In the meantime i am soooo scared to feed him anything at all in case i over/under feed him, he is allergic again and he has to go through the trauma of being soooo ill and admitted to hospital again. In addition, he has never really slept well and the last few nights i have been up with him constantly as he won't sleep in his cot, not sure if this is connected or not. Realise this is a very long stream of consciousness but anyone that could shed any light or thoughts on this would be much appreciated. Many thanks.

Biobytes Tue 03-Nov-09 16:56:59

My advice would be to wait for the test results before using rice again. I would go back to solely breastfeeding him until he looks more settled. Once he seems to have recovered and is sleeping well again,

I have never heard of such a strong reaction to rice, rice couldn't be more neutral if it wanted. Having said that DS was intolerant to it, but considering how extensive his allergies are, rice was always the lesser of many evils.

Is there any possibility that he may be having problems swallowing rather than it being an allergy?

mawbroon Tue 03-Nov-09 17:05:48

Bit here about rice allergy It says it's not that common.

My ds has a dreadful stomach bug just now. He is ok on breastmilk (what little I have as I am pg) but as soon as he eats anything, he gets a sore tummy and chucks. He has had three bouts of sickness, each of them 2-3 days apart.

It could be that your ds has something similar and he can keep breastmilk down, but nothing else.

But I am only guessing. I hope he is better soon and you get to the bottom of it.

mawbroon Tue 03-Nov-09 17:06:32

Oh and I forgot to say, the rash could possibly be a post viral rash.

Again just guessing!

misselliemae Tue 03-Nov-09 18:18:40

Thanks very much everyone, really appreciate all your thoughts as it is a pretty scary time and is good to hear others' points of view on what could be causing this extreme reaction.

BertieBotts Tue 03-Nov-09 18:26:52

Sorry don't have any advice other than to say that if you choose to continue solely breastfeeding for a while longer he will be absolutely fine - no need for solids just yet.

You might also wish to look into baby-led weaning as a theory, especially if you are worried he may have problems swallowing - his instincts might be able to tell you more than a reaction to being spoon fed if that makes sense.

Biobytes Thu 05-Nov-09 11:36:33

I tend to disgress, DS is allergic to milk and craved dairy products as a madman. He would feel sick and have a very painful tummy just inmediately, yet... he would be asking for more.

whelk Thu 05-Nov-09 12:50:53

Misselliemae- how terrifying for you. Poor you. I don't blame you being worried to give him anything ekse to eat. I think you should puch your GP for some medical help and or tests if possible.
Good luck and let us know how you get on

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