E.B. asks from Lancaster, CA on April 24, 2008
My Almost 3 Year Old Boy Has Horrible Reaction to Rice & Sweet Potatoes.
My almost 3 year old has a severe vomiting reaction to rice and sweet potatoes. When my son was about a year old, I realized that every time I fed him Rice Cereal he would get horribly ill. He would start to vomit 1-3 hours after eating it, and he would continue to vomit for a good 3 hours. I realized that he had the same reaction with table served, and baby food Sweet Potatoes. When he was just under two years old my hubby accidentally slipped up and gave him some Rice while they were out for lunch. Same reaction. Within' an hour sweet boy was horribly ill. I asked his Doctor about this, since his only reaction is to Rice and Sweet Potatoes (he eats regular potatoes just fine, mashed, or fried) The Doctor told me his stomach just may not be able to handle those 2 foods at this young of an age. I've lived with that thought for over a year now. But the Dr. could not tell me why sweet potatoes and not regular potatoes. I just find it odd.
I don't serve Rice (at all) or sweet potatoes to anyone in the family anymore. Because he of course wants to eat what everyone else does. He does not have a reaction to food with rice in them. Food with Rice flour, etc. Only actual rice.
Has anyone had this problem with their little one? He'll be 3 in July. I'm scared to death to have him try these foods again to see if he can handle them. I would feel horrible if he got sick, because of me trying to see if he could tolerate it. Any advice, information or input would be helpful! Thank You!
C.A. answers from San Diego on April 25, 2008
M.L. answers from Los Angeles on April 25, 2008
Just refrain from feeding him rice and sweet potatoes. It appears as though he has developed an allergic reaction to these foods so why risks giving it to him again when you have seen the results/reaction to the foods? It shouldn't matter Why he is-- just know that he is allergic and refrain from those two food items. There is so much more food to enjoy. Take care.
J.G. answers from Los Angeles on April 24, 2008
If he can tolerate foods with rice in them, perhaps it is the texture that he doesn't like and not an allergy. Some kids can make themselves vomit at will. Is there a problem if you mash the sweet potatoes and serve them that way instead of whole?
J.C. answers from San Diego on April 24, 2008
Why do you feel the need to serve those two foods? There are plenty of other foods out there. My guess with the Sweet Potatoes is that they are a heartier spud and contain enzymes that the white potatoes lack.
As far as the rice, is it ALL rices... most families, unfortunately, serve processed white rice that has no nutrients in it... have you tried (previously) brown rice? If you have tried both kinds then just leave it alone. There are many other sources of complex carbs that you could try like whole wheat couscous, which is a pasta, bulgar wheat, orzo (which looks like rice, but is a pasta) and quinoa (a great source of fiber and protein).
Why not find someone who does the Elisa Act Allergy test? It's done through blood instead of scratching or pricking the skin in several places.
A.O. answers from Las Vegas on April 27, 2008
I have no idea why your child would have those particular allergies. However, my son was very allergic to milk when he was a baby. He seemed to outgrow it at around 3, but then he developed severe allergies to pollen and pet dander, later he developed asthma. When he was 11 I had a doctor tell me they never really outgrow their allergies. It may seem that way, but it puts stress on the body in other areas. I took him back off of dairy and after 3 months (it takes awhile to get it out of your system) his other allergies and asthma disappeared!
You know your son has a problem with these foods, don't give them to him---ever! As he is older, he will understand not to have them and if you don't give them to him now, he won't develop a taste for them and won't miss them.
Try contacting Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Ut. they deal with all of the strange and unusual. They may have heard of this and be able to tell you more about it.
G.E. answers from Los Angeles on April 25, 2008
I would strongly suggest taking your little one to see a pediatric allergist. You can get a referal from your pediatrician and she/he can order a blood test to check for all food allergies. And then avoid those foods that cause reactions- the longer you avoid - the better chance your sweet child has of out growing them. It's a pain now -but if in a year or two he out grows them it will all be worth it.
You are very wise to not want to risk exposing him to the allergens again - because food allergies are not like environmental allergies. If he continues to be exposed the reaction could become worse & escalate into hives & difficulty breathing. (You may want to ask your doctor for an epi pen.)
Stick with it - you are doing a good job!
My little one had many food allergies and has outgrown most of them. I helped her by removing all allergens from my diet and breastfeeding her longer.
C.A. answers from San Diego on April 25, 2008
Celiac disease is what it could be or just an allergies take him to the doctor. They can do a simple skin test.
J.W. answers from Las Vegas on April 25, 2008
Food intolerance is really common in my little family. I joined Wildtree herbs b/c I was sick of scouring store shelves , which I am sure you are going to be doing now.
Just avoid the foods for the time being and get an appointment with an allergist to see what exactly your DS is allergic/intolerant to .
M.A. answers from Los Angeles on April 25, 2008
I had a friend whose little boy had a rare type of enzyme disorder where his body couldn't handle certain foods - he would vomit and have severe diarrhea when he ate them. Its really really rare (she had to diagnose it herself on the internet and go to Johns Hopkins before any doctor even had an idea what it was) so I don't think your child has it, but maybe it is similar. His body can't handle those foods or lacks the enzymes to digest them (maybe rice flour has processed out the part he can't digest). The thing my friend's son had is something kids grow out of, but they had to test foods in the hospital with an IV inserted to see if he could tolerate them (his condition makes his reaction really severe). By 4 years old he was clear for everything except soy. I'm not intending to scare you, I just thought it may be a different thought than just food allergies. My friend and her doctors thought allergies for a long time.I think a blood test for allergies is still a good idea just in case that is all it is.In general, I would stay away from those foods you know cause this - rice and sweet potatoes are not essential to a diet, you can get those nutrients from other sources. You may want to just teach him that he is allergic and can't eat those foods. By the way, was it sweet potato or yam? We sort of use those words interchangably, but yams are not even closely related to potatoes, which may explain why he can eat potatoes. Anyway, I am no doctor, I just thought that input might help. Good luck!
B.M. answers from Visalia on April 25, 2008
Hi EB - Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes are not the same not only in apperance and flavor but also in Genus, with the potato being from the genus Solanum and the sweet potato being from the genus Ipomoea. Sweet potato plants in bloom look almost like morning glories while the blooms of a potato plant look vastly different, almost like wildflowers. So perhaps it's the sweet potato plant itself, along with its root, that your son is allergic to, which would be why regular potatoes don't bother him.
This is what I found about rice allergy/intolerance. Very intersting!
Could my baby be allergic to Rice/Rice cereal It seems like she had a reaction to it!
Rice in particular is not a known "high" allergen in the US and most Western Countries and this is why it is typically recommended as an infant's first food (in the US that is). If there is a rice allergy, studies show that the allergy is most often to the pollen of the rice and a reaction is triggered by the inhalation of the pollen - rice is a grass and may produce hay fever like symptoms. Rice pollen has been know to cause allergies in those that live around rice fields. Typically, if one is allergic to rice, then there will be sensitivities shown to other grains such as oats, barley, wheat and rye to name a few! Rice may cause diarrhea in those that are sensitive to it however it is rare.
You will find that the early commercial Rice products offered to baby are fortified with iron and typically contain further additives. Commercial baby cereals that contain rice are typically of the "mixed" ingredient nature and may contain items such as soy and starch. Infant jar foods that contain rice may contain items such as soy, modified corn starch, tapioca etc.. It may be that in the beginning, your baby had a sensitivity to something contained within the cereal or the jar that was not directly related to the rice.
Good luck with your son!