M.T. asks from Arlington Heights, IL on August 21, 2007
Infant Vomiting Once Only After Rice Cereal
My kids is almost 7 months old and we started rice cereal since he was 4 mos old. He had a stomach flu a month ago when he started day care and since then, he has projectile vomiting when I tried to put him on rice cereal again. I have been tring Gerber brand. This happens only with cereal. Should I try an organic brand or just start with veggies instead.
So What Happened?™
Thanks for all your suggestions and kind advice. We checked with the Dr. and he said it is not allergy, and suggested me to keep trying. My son was throwing up with Gerber single grain rice cereal. So I finally gave up and tried Earths Best Organice Rice cereal and Thank God! it does suit him. After trying for couple of months, I plan on switching to Earth's Best Organic Oatmeal too.
Also, my son has problems with any Gerber jar food, so I had to switch to Beech nut jar food. I am glad he likes the carrots in that brand the most. I tasted it too, it is yummy!
I decided Bye Bye Gerber!!
Thanks to everyone and thats the latest from me.
J. answers from Chicago on August 21, 2007
A.K. answers from Chicago on August 21, 2007
Cereal at such an early age can bring on allergic reactions later down the line....I think that is what you are experiencing now. My pediatrician, when my kids were younger, told me NOT to start them on cereal til 6 months because of a possible allergic reactionwhen they are older. This might be the case with your son. Talk to your pediatrician and see what they recommend.
K.K. answers from Chicago on August 23, 2007
Our daughter too had projectile vomiting after cereal. We started with fruits and veggies and waited a little to reintroduce the cereal. We ended up skipping the rice cereal all together and went to oatmeal. Talk to your Dr. though...I feel like so many people point to allergies when something is going on, it may be nothing. Give it some time
M.P. answers from Chicago on August 21, 2007
Babies that young don't really need any food and if he's not digesting well then he's probably not ready for it. Their digestive systems aren't equipped for any solid food before the age of 6 months and later is some babies. You also want him to think positively about meal time not associate it with being sick. I would discontinue all solids for a while and try again in a few months.
L.P. answers from Chicago on August 22, 2007
I agree with Jamie, try another type of cereal.
This happened with my daughter when I first tried cereal at about 6 months. She vomited every time I gave it to her. I tried organic, I tried whole grain, then I tried oatmeal and that worked. The only type of cereal she has eaten since then is oatmeal. She just doesn't like the rice cereal. Maybe an allergy, but whatever the case...she LOVES oatmeal.
A. answers from Chicago on August 21, 2007
I would switch to a pureed vegetable, such as squash and see how he does with that.
J.D. answers from Chicago on August 22, 2007
M. - it sounds like a rice allergy (or maybe another food that she could be allergic to was cross contaminated with the rice - ie: made on the same production lines or facility). Keep a log of what he eats when, and reactions.
You could call the company and ask about shared lines or shared facilities with the cereal. It may give you some more info. You could try it again with a different brand, but i wouldn't. I'd assume it an allergy and go from there with strict rice avoidance, until you know more. Has he had rice in anything else? FYI - Earth's Best, which is organic, is one of the worst co's for cross contamination. We use Healthy Times.
How many times has he vomited from the rice? How long each time? How soon after eating it? Even though he tolerated it for a couple months, it could still be a food allergy. Sometimes it takes time to develop. It's possible a month ago it wasn't stomach flu, but a food allergy reaction.
What does your gut say? Have you told your ped? Look up food allergy info and see if that seems to fit.
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