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Son Allergic to Ranch Dressing

In the last couple of months, we have found out that our 2 year old is allergic to ranch dressing - or at least something in ranch dressing. Both times he tried it, he turned red all around his mouth. Thankfully it was a slight reaction. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience and knows what it is in ranch dressing that is causing the reaction. I know it could be a number of things, but I thought I'd see if any other mom's have had a similar experience. I was also shocked to read the ingredients and see that ranch dressing contains MSG!

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Thank you for all of the advice and information. I'm going to buy more purified dressings from now on. We've been getting Hidden Valley Ranch - but now we'll try to find something more natural. Thanks again!

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My son gets the exact same thing. He is almost 2, and he has only gotten it with a few things, mostly dipping sauces (ranch, ketchup, bbq sauce) so maybe there is a preservative or something in them that causes this. He doesn't swell up or get any breathing problems, just red where the sauce was. I just wash his face and it goes away in a few minutes. His twin sister doesn't seem to get it tho, at least not that I've ever seen.

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Hi D.,

My daughter has the same reaction to some ranch dressing as well, mostly the ones that that have all the added ingredients (that you can't prounounce). I prefer "Lite House" dressings, they are more natural and are usually either above the veggies / lettuce or somewhere in the refrigerator section. She doesn't seem to have any problems with any of their dressings. And I know it doesn't have MSG in it. The lesser ingredients the better.

P.

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We have noticed red marks and a rash when my daughter now 3 ate ketchup or anything with tomato sauce. We made sure nothing sat on her face or the red mark would stay longer. We noticed this as soon as she started on food at 2. Yesterday she ate ranch dressing for the first time with a nibble of pizza and her whole face turned red and blotchy and swollen. I thought it was from the pizza. Today she had a tiny bit of ranch and her face started turning red again, not as bad as last night. I guess the combo of both tomato sauce and ranch was a really bad combo. She won't be eating either anymore. I'm so glad to know there are others with the same problem.

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Hi D.,

I also have a 2 year old son and he gets the same reaction. Just around his mouth. It only last 20 minutes or so. It's weird because he gets this way with spaghetti sauce too! We were eating pizza at my mother-n-laws one day and she said that when my husband was little he got the same reaction. Eventually he (Hubby) out grew it. It is nice to know my son is not the only one that this is happening to. It's getting better as he is getting older too. It only happens every couple times instead of every time. I don't know what else to say. It is the weirdest thing. Good luck with your move.

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My son gets the exact same thing. He is almost 2, and he has only gotten it with a few things, mostly dipping sauces (ranch, ketchup, bbq sauce) so maybe there is a preservative or something in them that causes this. He doesn't swell up or get any breathing problems, just red where the sauce was. I just wash his face and it goes away in a few minutes. His twin sister doesn't seem to get it tho, at least not that I've ever seen.

My daughter had this,too. She'd get red all around her mouth - wherever the ranch was touching. She also got like this with cottage cheese, so I don't think it's MSG. I wouldn't call it an "allergy" in either case, just a skin sensitivity.

I'd wash her face and it'd go away in a few minutes. She had no other symptoms, so I continued to let her have cottage cheese, since she loves it. Once she was older and not so messy, we didn't notice it anymore - probably because she wasn't getting it all over her face.

Those are the only 2 foods she had this reaction to. She's not otherwise terribly sensitive or allergic to anything, but she does have a more-than-normal reaction to mosquito or bug bites.

We have had the smae problem with our daughter. She loves ranch dressing! The funny thing is that it only seems to be a certain brand. I don't think she is allergic to the dressing, just has a skin irritation to something in it. When I wash her face it goes away in a few minutes. If you are really concerned you could see an allergist and have testing done or speak with your pediatrician. Good Luck!

Hi

Me and my wife have 22 month old girl. We noticed 2 months ago she had smalll allergic reaction to ranch and mayo. And just found out that tartar sauce does it to as well. We looked at the all the ingredients in each of the sauce and the only thing that was a common ingredient was soybean oil. Dont know if thats it , but only thing we could come up with. The good thing is that it only last about a hour. Yes, that to bad that it contains msg!!

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L.

The same thing happened to my daughter! She loved ranch, but she has now moved on to ketchup! We would just wash her face and it would go away within the hour. I do not know why she had the reaction, it happened more with the ranch with no fat for us.

Same thing happens to my daughter and two of her friends. I just wipe it with a wipe and it goes away. She only gets red where the ranch was, and it's only particular ranches that do it. The Hidden Valley Ranch seems to be best.

D.,
My daughter also has skin reactions to ranch dressing and peanut butter due to the oils. She does not puff up or have difficulty breathing, and when I asked the pediatrician, I was told it was just a skin reactionto the oils. They suggested washing her face and hands immediately, and if it does itch to use hydrocortizone. They also said to watch closely in case it does turn into a respiratory reaction as well. I cut these from her diet for a couple of months and then reintroduced them about a month ago. She has begun to grow out of the reaction at this point as she does not get it all over any more, but every now and then she does still get red if she gets it on her skin.

My eighteen month old son also had a reaction to ranch dressing. Everywhere it touched his face it turned red. Trying to find some answers on why this would happen.

So glad I found this post. Have experienced the same thing with Ranch and now with syrup on my 2 year old. Its just a welt like rash wherever these touch his face and it goes away within about 20 minutes of getting him cleaned up. Sounds like it isn't such a rare thing, just didn't experience it with any of my other children. Will check with his pediatrician, but I think I can relax a little now for the rest of our Sunday.

I used to LOVE ranch- until I found out I am very sensitive to MSG. I was very picky (Hidden Valley definitely tastes the best!) and I figured out a lot of them use vineager. I wonder if it is too acidic for his skin and is causing the irritation? Anyway, it was mentioned before but I stongly feel salad dressing is worth the extra $$ for the more natural/organic varieties.

Hope it helps!
C.

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