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Baby had sudden allergic reaction?

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monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 18:37:22

Background: My 20wo breastfed baby has a touch of eczema which got slightly worse in the last couple of weeks; the GP prescribed us some creams a week ago (after phone consultation).

This evening she's had an allergic reaction to something - I will call the GP in the morning as she is ok/reaction retreating. But just wondered if it rings any bells for anyone in the meantime. Scared to google! And scared of my over active imagination.

I gave her some formula in a cup as I have to go out tomorrow evening and was going to leave some. She has had formula about 2-3 times before (I hate expressing); always ready-made Hipp Organic. The last time was 6 weeks ago.

Anyway she didn't drink any but it went in her mouth and she spat it out again, after a few times I took the cup away. The cup was an experiment. She then immediately started fussing and scratching & rubbing at her face, especially her nose and eyes which she was screwing up. She had a bright red rash on her neck/under her chin, as if she had sunburn; a v distinctive collar rash. One eye/side of face was red. The rash seemed to be urticara and had tiny white bumps in it.

We've been watching closely and breathing all fine, she's fallen asleep now and the rash has gone. But surely she can't suddenly have an instant reaction to formula? So the thing I'm terrified about (poss being ridiculous, but ..) is that it may have been a tree nut reaction. I prepared the cup of formula on the same chopping board I had been chopping brazil nuts on. The kitchen roll I dried the cup with may have touched a remnant. Is this ludicrous to be worrying about? Her paternal aunt has a serious tree nut allergy hmm

Obvs the GP is probably best person to talk to but I'm worrying....

LoveSewingBee Sun 09-Feb-14 18:52:39

It is possible and as a second exposure could result in an even more severe reaction you will need to get it checked out asap and be very careful to avoid any exposure to traces of nuts including peanuts (nut oil can be in cosmetics, hand cream and lots of processed foods) until it has been checked out.

monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 19:02:04


monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 19:03:01

Posted too soon sorry. Thanks, lovesewingbee, will call GP first thing. Argh how worrying confused

nostress Sun 09-Feb-14 19:27:16

My son developed food allergies from 6months. They do happen quickly/whilst or immediately after eating. Hives on face and red face. Later he also developed vomiting and lip swelling on repeated exposure. I'd get some piriton syrup just in case it happens in the future.

monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 19:27:44

Thanks Nostress, will get some in the morning

Lorelei353 Sun 09-Feb-14 19:38:05

What kind of cup was it? Was it a baby one that might have latex? Could be a latex allergy.

CouthyMow Sun 09-Feb-14 19:42:35

Sounds like a cows milk protein allergy yo me, especially given the previous excema.

nostress Sun 09-Feb-14 19:42:46

Also, does she have milk in any other form? Cheese or butter? Just googled the ingredients list and the most likely culprit is soya. Thats a very common food allergy.

monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 19:54:38

She has breast milk normally, and the formula was in a tommee tippee freeflow first baby type cup, will google to see what it's made of. She didn't actually drink any milk as it was the first time playing with the cup, she poured it in her mouth but spat it out again hmm

monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 19:55:50

I've tried her with every variety of dummy though (all rejected), definitely including latex, this never happened before

eragon Sun 09-Feb-14 19:57:05

go to the GP and get your child referred to a pead immunologist (this depends where you live if in the uk on nhs)

this could still be a milk allergy, and so I wouldnt give any formula just in case.

there is an allergy section on this website on health other parents can help with any other questions you have.

monniemae Sun 09-Feb-14 20:00:53

Thanks everyone. Much appreciated.

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