Baby Allergic To Rice Cereal?

Baby Allergic To Rice Cereal?

by Kim Nice

We decided to use Thanksgiving to start our 4 1/2 month old on cereal.. She loved it (or the game of it) and then became fussy (nap time), so I took her upstairs to change her and breast feed her and put her down (our routine).

When I unzipped her sleeper, waiting for me was a nice rash all over her torso… Next day the rash was still there and the Doctor said no cereal till 6 mos… and maybe never!!!

I am a little frustrated because Barrett is a healthy eater and solids would help me not feel like a milk cow.. The Doctor said we could let the hives go away and try one more time (I also ate pumpkin night before this) to make sure rice is the culprit… I have been scanning the web for rice cereal reactions and nothing!

I guess more to be told after 2nd try….

Read about the alternatives to rice cereal as a first food for baby

Baby allergic to rice cereal

Comments for Baby Allergic To Rice Cereal?


Look into Food Protien Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome
by: Mom

Moms, if your baby is having reactions to rice
cereal I encourage you to look into Food
Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome
(FPIES). “Classic” FPIES symptoms are
extreme vomiting starting 1-4 hours after
ingestion of the offending food. The
vomiting can lead to severe dehydration
and shock. My child was diagnosed at
age 6 months. Rice is a common trigger
food, but any food protein can cause this
result if your child is sensitive.

Organic Rice cereal is better for babies tummies.
by: Anonymous

I was told not to do just any rice cereal.It
has alot of additives and can upset
a babies stomach. Organic rice cereal is
packed with iron, vitamin b. All kinds of
vitamins and is great for sensitive
tummies. So far so good. You gotta
remember if this is the first food there
trying. There stomachs are not use to
anything but breastfeed milk or formula.
They have sensitive stomachs. That’s
why it’s better to use Organic. No additives,or harmful ingredients.

Vomiting and hives
by: Anonymous

We started my daughter on rice cereal
when she was 4.5 months old. No
problems at first, but after about 2 weeks
she vomited everything in her system 2
hours after eating. We thought she had a
stomach bug. A few days later, she ate
rice cereal and after 2 hours was sick
again. To rule out bad breast milk
(we weren’t sure if we used the same milk)
we tried again, but with oatmeal. 2 hours
later we had a sick baby…again. At her 6
month check up the doctor said I could
try cereal again. I waited until she was
almost 8 months. New box of rice cereal,
and she got sick 2 hours after eating it.
To be sure it wasn’t something else in
the cereal, we tried a rice teething
biscuit. 2 hours later, you guessed it,
vomiting. I took her to the doctor
because she had what I thought were
either dry skin, or some kind of a rash.
Turns out they were hives. Neither my
husband or I have any food allergies,
so we are new to all of this. We were told by
the doctor that we could try barley cereal
if we wanted to, but that she doesn’t
need cereal. We have had good luck with
fruits and veggies so far, which is great.
After her hives are gone for a week we
will try meat. It’s frustrating to see your
child miserable, but at least we have some
answers. Make sure you read labels. A lot of
jar baby foods have rice, as do puffs and
other first finger foods you buy. I’m lucky
enough to have the time to make my own baby
food, but I know others are not. Good luck!

by: amanda

I fed my son rice cereal at probably 3
months and I never thought it could have
been the rice, his skin would get so bad
but I was told it was just ezcema, finally
even though his skin looked the same
the allergy dr said it looked like it was
both we found out he is allergic to eggs,
peanuts, and fish and a list of animals, I
also think he may be allergic to meats
the dr thinks he may have an intolerance
to pork and/or beef but not allergic too.
It makes me wonder if the rice caused all of
this plus since I did it so early. My other
son now is 3 months and I feel like
I should give him something at night with
his milk I bought oatmeal but I feel like
I should just give him extra formula before
bed instead. What is your opinion?

Rice allergy
by: Anonymous

I also tried rice cereal as my son’s first
food at four months old. He also broke
out in hives all over his body, primarily on
his torso. They didn’t seem painful
or itchy to him, but they were still little red
spots all over. I stopped rice cereal
immediately and talked to his doctor, he
suggested I use oatmeal. He had no
negative reaction to the oatmeal, but I
wasn’t 100% sure it was the rice cereal
so I tried it again at six months. He once
again, broke out in hives. He has not had
any rice since then. My doctor and I are
both hoping it’s an allergy he will grow
out of.

In the meantime, there are a lot of grains
you can use, rather than rice, including
quinoa, barley, amaranth, and millet.
Many of these are sold at natural food
stores if not your normal grocery store.

Glad to have found this forum
by: Anonymous

My six month old daughter vomits no
rash though after both the gerber rice
cereal and oatmeal and we’ve tried to
give them since she was 4 months old. I
started making my own purees and she
has no problem with those.

Does this food intolerance go away?

Forget the rice cereal
by: Anonymous

I am on my 5th baby and this is the first
baby who actually liked the rice cereal
and now she has a rash (small bumps)
all over her face, torso and even her
hands. With my other 4, I just made my
own baby food with fruits and veggies
and never had this problem. I should
know better – there are some weird
ingredients in the rice cereal. Fresh is
always better than processed for babies
and adults. So, I say skip the packaged

by: Anonymous

I breastfed and pumped (went back to
work) and I used drops from the drug
store that I put into bottle for iron. Trivisol
if I remember correctly.

Baby cereal hives
by: Anonymous
My baby started rice cereal at 5 months
and the next day she developed hives all
over her torso, neck, chin and upper
back. I took her to the doctor and she
said to give her .5ml of Benadryl and to
stop the rice cereal. At her 6 month
checkup, another doctor saw my baby
and told me she needed to eat baby
cereal for the iron even though my
daughter is exclusively breastfed. She
said to try oatmeal, but again my baby
developed hives. The doctor said its
unlikely she has an allergy because baby
cereal us hypoallergenic. Apparently she
is wrong. I tried barley and there’s no
reaction but my baby refuses to eat it. I
thought since time passed, as she is now
9 months, maybe I could try oatmeal
again. I gave her EARTHS BEST pear
apple oatmeal and this morning she
hives. All along one arm, shoulder and
cheek. Finally I know I am not alone and
our doctor is misinformed.

Allergic to rice cereal

by: Anonymous
Forget the cereal and
go to fruits and veggies. Make sure the are puréed
enough (thinned enough) depending on
your little ones age. I had to skip these
as well as we had an allergy called

My little boy

by: Victoria

my son is 5 1/2 monthes and i was giving
him the wheat cereal and the original. he
started having this really bad rash then I
would go away after i didnt give it to him.
then when i did he had it again and it
was causing him to have these horrible
sores and they started to bleed. I’ve
stopped and it hasnt happened since.
he’s got a HUGE appitite and is eating
first foods and at least 6 oz of formula. what can i do?

Allergic to rice cereal??????
by: Anonymous

My little one is in foster care and was
started on rice cereal at 4 1/2 months,
then she came down with a yeast
infection from pooping so they thought
and nothing is working for it. She was
moved to a new foster home and the rice
cereal has been upped and now the rash
is going all over her body and the doctors
don’t know what is causing it. So they are
changing everything that is touching her
skin even trying to bath her in just water
and nothing is working and I told the
foster to stop the cereal to see what
happens. I don’t know what else to do or
to try, but she was fine befor she started

Daughter was the same way
by: Anonymous

When my daughter was 6 months old,
she had three terrible reactions to rice
cereal (vomiting to the point of
hospitalization). It was definitely the
additives in the cereal and not the rice
itself. Now she is 2.5 years and at about
2 years, we found out she has allergies
to all nuts, including peanuts, dairy and
eggs. At the time, the doctors really
never believed me when I said her
vomiting was from the cereal until it
continued to happen. Looking back, and
knowing what I know now, it was
definitely the cereal additives.

6 month baby boy allergic to gerber rice and oat cereal
by: Anonymous

I have the same problem, my 6 month olf
baby boy develops redness rashes and
bumps which disappears after feeding
with both Gerber rice cereal and oat
cereal. I tried feeding him with plain
mashed boiled rice to see if it was the
rice that caused the redness and rash
but he was fine. I would conclude its the
additives and ingredients that goes with
the rice cereal is what’s causing the
reaction, NOT THE RICE. We are
Asians, and rice is our staple food.

Baby with Rice allergy
by: Kaely

Hi,First, I’m so happy to find a
forum with other babies like my Son
who had a terrible outbreak of hives
after eating rice cereal. In our case the rice
cereal was organic and did not have any extras added
so it was certainly a reaction to Rice. He was
6 months when we introduced it, so I would really
warn against introducing it again as our pediatrician
warned against it. We are introducing everything
with extreme caution as we move forward. He’s 9 months
now and we are about to start Quinoa which is an
awesome alternative to Rice. Our oldest son
likes it too so that’s a bonus! Just wanted to
add my experience as well!

by: Pete

Unfortunately this happens… We are
very carefull about what we feed our 6
month old son. We always try to make
our own or buy organic. However even
when you buy organic the rice is grown
to organic standards, but the company’s
making the food then pump the
chemicals in the food. We found mashed
banana with breast milk was the best for
our son.

Rash to rice cereal
by: Jenny

When reading about allergies or food
sensitivities to rice cereal, I found articles
about other babies throwing up after
eating (which has become a diagnosed
condition). My son’s symptoms were
similar to yours – no throwing up, but
rash all over the torso. The longer I fed
him the rice (as I was told that rice
allergies were very rare) the more fussy
and irritable he became. It interfered with
his sleep and his mood. Once I stopped
the rice cereal, the rash cleared up and
he returned to being a pleasant baby.

reaction to rice cereal
by: Mary, ABQ
thank god, there are other parent that are
experiencing the same situation. My son
turned 6 months and I started him on
Rice Cereal and he started vomiting at
the beginning but I thought I over feed
him so the next day, I feed him rice
cereal again….same thing he started
vomiting. I stopped feeding him the rice
cereal for a couple of days he was fine
. Then, I feed the rice cereal again, and
this time is was Diarrhea. I stopped
feeding the Rice Cereal. Im going to
switch over to oatmeal and test that now.

VERY allergic to Rice Flour
by: Anonymous

I wish I had seen an article like this 8
years ago when my daughter was a
baby. I started her on rice cereal at about
5 months. She was fine the first few
times, then one day stated vomiting non-
stop after eating. I took her to the ER and
they said it was a virus. The next time I
gave her the rice cereal, the same thing
happened. I looked all over the internet
and couldn’t find anything about allergies
to rice flour – everything said that it was
very safe. A few times, my husband
accidentally gave her baby food with rice
flour in it and she threw up almost
instantly. 8 years later, she can eat rice
and rice flour, but is allergic to peanuts
and all tree nuts.

Rice cereal caused severe eczema flare up!

by: Anonymous

My 4mth old son, who is solely BF, was
introduced to Rice Cereal(Gerber Brand)
last week. Ped.recommended I mix it in a
bottle with the breastmilk, to thicken the
milk to hopefully help with his Acid reflux.
WELL, it helped the acid, but caused my
babies eczema to flare up and become
red and inflamed! It was HORRIBLE!!!
While being examined by his GI for his
acid, the GI was so concerned about his
skin that he made hime an emergency
derm/allergist appt! Come to find out the
rice has Soybean in the ingredient! I
stopped giving it to him about 4 days ago
and the red inflammation is gone! What
are these food industries doing to our
kids!!! 🙁

You could make your own baby food!
by: Anonymous

You could always just start making her baby
food, you don’t have to start out with Rice Cereal.
I had to do that with my daughter b/c she broke
out in hives, the pediatrician said it was totally
fine to give her pureed carrots/peas/sweet
potatoes. Your the mom, you
know best!

Upset tummy
by: Christine (Editor)

It really does sound as if it is not
agreeing with her – I would recommend
discussing this with your doctor for
further investigation and to rule out any
other cause.

diarrhea after eating rice cereal
by: Anonymous

My baby just turned 6months and I have
been giving her rice cereal for only 3
days. She only get 4tsp at night. The
next day she will have bad diarrhea. Is
she allergic or her stomach will get used
to it after a while?

Same problem.
by: Anonymous

My son had the same problem as a
baby. Anything with Rice flour in it made
him throw up. I went with Oatmeal and all
was well. He did outgrow it for a while
but it started again when he was 3. He is
not 4 and can not even have a bite of
something with rice flour it he gets a belly
ache. I read everything and make sure I
pack all his snacks to make sure he does
not have anything he should not. Good
luck it does get easier and when they
can tell people it is the best.

My poor grand-daughter who’s allergic to both kinds of flour
by: Anonymous

My grand-daughter is only 10 mths. old
and when she was 6 mths. my daughter
and I decided to start her on rice cereal.
Guess what – as soon as 2 hrs. were up
she would vomit until she had nothing left
and then for 3 days she would have very
bad diarrhea. Then she would be alright
again. Told her doctor and he said to
wait a few more months, so we did. This
time her doctor suggested we try
oatmeal cereal and see if she has the
same reaction. You guessed it – she had
the same symptoms, only this time we
watched her get sicker.

The truth about when and why to introduce solids (NOTE FROM EDITOR – this a submission from a visitor and does not constitute medical advice)
by: Anonymous

i was told that somewhere between 4
months and 6 months your babies
digestive sytem with fully develop a
coating that matures their system strong
enough to handle other foods rather than
just breast milk or formula. because it
happens somewhere between 4 months and 6 months
it is best to wait til the baby
is 6 months just to be safe before
introducing them to other foods other
than their bottles. introducing too early
before their digestive track is fully ready
can cause food allergies early on and
possibly perminantely. Because every baby
is different some babies digestive
systems are ready at 4 months or 5
months and some not til 6 months, but by
6 months all babies are fully developed
ebough internaly.this is why some kids
do ok and others dont. my suggestion
just wait! all the baby needs is milk until 6
months and then start 1 veggie the
same veggie for 10 days if not allergies
introduce another veggie foer 10 days
and repeat… that way if ther is a reaction
u know which food it is coming from.(by 7
months old if you started this at 6
months)your baby wil be eating all the
food groups 🙂 dont rush!!

by: Jessika

I just fed my 4 month old baby rice cereal
today and she seemed to enjoy it so much!
She was herself for most of the day, happy
as a clam. Then when I went to bathe her before
bed her torso and underneath her chin and her
neck were COVERED IN HIVES! I’m mortified!! I feel like
this is all my fault and I did something horribly wrong..
.they do tell most people to wait until 6 months before
trying any solids! Some babies do good right away and
some don’t I guess….I’m going to wait until she is
6 months old before I try the rice cereal again….hopefully it will be okay 🙁

Thanks Guys
by: Anonymous

I took your advice and gave her
some mashed up banana’s today and
guess what no hives:) I guess it
will be fruit/veg. purees until I see
that pediatrician in October!
Thanks for all your advice!

What do I feed
by: Staying away from rice/flour

I’d just go to purée fruits and not worry
with the cereal. That’s what I did and
she did fine with it. Try one at a time
for a few days and then add another. For
example apples for 3 days and if she does
fine then maybe bananas next and so on..
U can thin them out with bmilk or formula
if needed.

What else do I feed her
by: Staying away from rice – flour

My little one just had breast milk and
Formula until we started baby foods. According to
my ped he said that was fine. We
then started her with fruits and
then veggies. She ate those with no
problems. Steer clear of casserole baby
foods as they usually have some type of
filler to make them thicker (rice flour,
wheat flour) also the ones with meat had
these same ingredients. We just read
labels and stay away from grains. Also
most baby cookies or treats had these
ingredients as well. I found that my little
one could have corn so we stocked up
on the little crunchies Snacks. I know ur
little one may not be to that level but just
as an FYI. I would try apple sauce first
since it is thinner. Hope this helps.

by: Anonymous

This is how I feel too, that October is way
to long. I tried calling around but a lot of
other pediatricians are booked till
NOVEMBER AND they said there was
no way they would see me without a
family Drs. Referral! Tonight I tried
Oatmeal b/c I read online that that can be
used as an alternative and got much of
the same reaction but to a less degree
partially b/c I only fed her a few spoon
fulls(maybe 5 or 6)and I could see the
red starting so I just stopped and she just
got a few hives. Should I just be sticking
with puree fruits and veggies?

To the writer of the message on Aug 10
by: Christine (editor)

The link immediately above these comments takes
you to a page suggesting some alternative first
foods. BUT… is there not another pediatrician
you can see before October? It is completely
unreasonable that you should have to wait until
then to discuss your little one’s situation.

HELP–what else do I feed her.
by: Anonymous
This is my first baby, she is 6 months on
the 13th. Yesterday I fed her rice cereal
for her very fist time(just the Nestle brand)and shes only
been breast fed. I only gave her 2.5tbsp. and she
started getting red swelling around her face where
ever the cereal had touched, and not 15 min. later
she had hives all over her face and chest. I rushed
her to the clinic and by the time we actually saw the
Dr. close to 2 hours later, she was completely clear.
The Dr. told me to exclusively breast fed until I see
a pediatrician….But today I received my appt. time
and it isn’t till Oct 14 this year. I was hoping to
make my own baby food, but what is an alternative
to rice cereal so their stomach first adjusts to
food. I’m scared to try anything now b/c as I’ve
read on the forum, they can even be allergic to
other grains! Any suggestions?

allergic to rice?
by: Anonymous

I’m soo glad and so sorry to hear that so
many mom’s are going through the same
thing that I have been going through
lately. My son is 4 months old and I
also have a teenage daughter. My son is a
very big eater and is always hungry, I
took him to the dr’s a few weeks ago and
told him about my son being so hungry
and he said that it was ok to start him on
rice cereal. Things seemed to be going
fine and my son was very happy. Then I
started noticing what looked like
mosquito bites all over his face, ears,
head, and shoulders. So I went out and
bought mosquito netting to hang around
his crib, and re washed all his bedding.
The bites seemed to clear up but I also
hadn’t given him any cereal for a few
days. I then took my son to the dr for his
4 month needles a few days ago and the
dr said that I could start my son on baby
food. So I started mixing his rice cereal
with a little bit of fruit for breakfast and
WHAM his poor little face is covered in
what looks like mosquito bites again. I’m
sure it’s the rice cereal.. I don’t know
what’s causing this in our babies I’m
wondering if it isn’t the rice itself but the
chemicals and pesticides they put in it?

by: Staying away from rice – flour

We actually saw an allergist to find out it
is a condition called FPIES. Try to google
this. I hope it helps. They do seem to
outgrow it usually.

10 years later
by: Anonymous

i was looking this up because my
grandson reacts the same way to rice
cereal and my daughter who is 10 years
old had the same problem but more
severe she would have to go to the
hospital because she would vomit so
much she would dehydrate later to find
out that her intestines would spasm
causing blockage due to the reaction she
did finally grow out of it i’m still wondering
“WHY” but no answer yet. nice to know
that she isn’t the only one 10 years later

by: Staying away from rice cereal

Well we accidentally tried mangos and
had the same reaction as earlier. After
looking at the ingred we noticed it had
rice flour. My guess is that it was used as
a thickening agent. So we r def going to
stay away from rice flour and wheat flour.
We haven’t experimented with any foods
due to being scared. I really want her to
be able to have snacks such as mum mums
or puffs. Has anyone with these issues tried these
that are made of corn?

Thank you!
by: Anonymous

I want others to know that my baby girl
did exactly the same thing any time she
has rice/flour products. It started at 6
months when we first started feeding her
rice cereal, she was strictly breastfed,
and and sure enough two hours later she
projectile vomited ALL of it out for every
fifteen minutes. Our doctor advised us to
wait a few months and try again . We did
try 2 months later and same issue. Two
hours on the dot. So we avoided it until
now (10 months) and by accident gave
her the sweet potato puffs- which we
didn’t think would upset er allergy and
just like the other times, she reacted with
violen throwing up until it was out of her
system. Main ingredient was rice flour.
But I do want to add she never had any
other symptoms, just the vomiting.
Hopes this helps others!

Rice cereal=vomit!
by: Anonymous

I waited until 6 mos. to feed my baby rice cereal.
The first several times there were no problems.
A week ago I fed her, and a couple hours later she’
threw up a ton. I didn’t know her little tummy
could hold that much. Every fifteen minutes or so,
she would throw up more, until there was nothing left.
Then she dry heaved a lot. After a good nights rest
though, she was just fine. I didn’t know what the
issue was. Well, I fed her rice cereal again today,
for the first time since the incident, and, you guessed it.
Vomitting and dry heaving. I always thought rice
cereal was supposed to be safe. I’m glad I found this
though, so I can see that others have dealt with
the same issue, and so I know that it isn’t food
poisoning or something, but an actual

Allergy to cereal
by: Staying away from flour – rice
My daughter was breastfed only until 4
mths when we tried gerber rice cereal
mixed in her bottle. 2 hrs afterwards she
started vomiting projectile style until
there was nothing left except bile then
dry heaving, very clammy, lethargic,
eyes rolling back in her little head, and
diarrhea. We called into the after hours
clinic and were informed to give pedialite
through the night. After sleeping it off 3-5
hrs she was back to normal. We thought
maybe we overfed her and maybe she
just wasnt ready for it and she seemed
ok so we went on without the cereal. At 5
mths we decided to try again and got the
same reaction and decided no more rice
cereal. At 6 mths we decided to try
oatmeal cereal mixed in her fruit. Given
the past I made sure to measure how
much I was giving her and it was 1
tablespoon. I put her down for a nap and
again 2 hrs in she woke with the same
symptoms. After a trip to dr again they
advised no grains. All has been well. She
eats all baby fruits and veggies with no
problems until today. We tried mangos
and you guessed it. I looked at the ingred
list and it showed rice flour. At this point
we are staying away from grains and all
four products. Especially rice flour. I
posted this as I’m sure I’m not the only
one with this problem. If anyone has had
the same issues and has found out what
the problem is I would love to hear you

allergy to rice
by: kk

my baby’s allergic to rice cereal, also! we
just got back from an allergy-scratch test
at the pediatric allergist. the only thing he
reacted to was rice! weird – one in a
million, i guess. the dr said to start barley
or wheat baby cereal instead!

Our advice…
by: Christine (Editor)

Kassi, I’m sorry to hear that your little one
has reacted like that. Whilst I understand your
reservations about seeing a different doctor, I still
think that you should go ahead and get your daughter
checked out. It’s important to establish whether or not
the vomiting actually IS caused by food or something else…
and only a doctor confirm if she is actually allergic
to rice and advise you how to proceed from this point
with introducing other foods. Please let us know
how you get on.

allergy to rice cereal
by: Kassi

My daughter is breastfed and we have
recently started cereal, she is 5 months.
She has had it 7 times now and the past
2 times she has violently vomited. This
past thursday and then I tried again
today and within 2 hours the same things
happened. She is my 3rd child and
nothing like this has ever happened. Its
horrible and I am not sure what to do, our
doctor is on maternity leave and I dont
want to just see some other doctor. Do
you think she will always have this
problem and should I try other foods?

Rice cereal and rice flour allergies
by: maria

My daughter gave us a very hard time at
the beginning. She got sick at 3 weeks
old. She had fever and we took her to the
hospital. They did every kind of test to see why she
had fever at this early age
and all her tests came back normal. She
had diarrhea too, so we had to stay in the
hospital for a week till they stopped her
diarrhea. So they tried every thing and it
didn’t work so they said they were going
to try rice cereal in her formula to make it
thicker so she can stop having diarrhea
and it did settle down a lil bit.

So we got to go home. We gave her rice
cereal in every bottle she gets and a
week later she got really sick she had
diarrhea and threw up all the time and
she was pale, so we went back to the
hospital. They said it was a stomach
virus so we stayed there another 10 days
till she felt better and they said stop the
rice cereal, so we did, then we went home and a week
later she got really sick
again so we went back to the childrens
hospital and they kept trying diffrent
kinds of formulas till they found this very
special formula. Its called Pregestimil
and it did work for her, she did very good
with it. She stopped having soft stools
and she never threw up on it and they
said now u can go home on that formula
and she will do good on it we went home
and she was doing verry good on it. We
were so glad we found something cuz we
were really tired of it and very worried…

So at 4 months old her doctor said u
should start feeding her rice cereal. I
gave her a little bit and then put her to
sleep. An hour later I went to check on
her and I found out she threw up all over
and I was thinking like what caused her
to throw up? I was really worried that
she’s sick again so I waited a little bit and
she’s started getting pale and having
diarrhea. So I called her gi doctor and
she said stop the rice cereal for now and
give her pedialyte for tonight till she stops
the diarrhea. So I did and by the morning
she was fine so I knew that she had
allergies to rice cereal. So when she was
6 months I gave her regular rice that I
cooked at home and had the same
reaction so I knew she can’t have any
kind of rice and once I fed her baby food
that had rice flour in it and she had the
same reaction. So I never feed her
anything that has rice or rice flour in it
and now she’s one and I’m not really
sure if she’s going to take the regular
milk not the special formula. I’m scared
to try it. I’m going to see what the doctor
says about it. I hope she can take it or
otherwise she’ll have to stay on fomula
for a little longer…

Boy Allergic to Rice and anything with Rice Flour
by: Anonymous

He throws up about 30 min. to an 1 hr.
after eating rice cereal or anything with
rice flour in it. Tried @ 3 mo., 4 mo, and
7 mo. Same reaction. The gerber cereal
melts contained rice flour and I didn’t
even think to check the label, and he got
sick. I felt horrible. NO MORE RICE

rice ceral and vomit
by: Lori Cooke

I first gave my baby rice cereal around 4
mos to get him more full to hopefully
sleep thru the night. The first 5-10 times
he was fine with it. Then I stopped giving
it to him because he was starting to sleep
thru the night and I wanted him just on
breast milk. Well now that he is 6 mos, I
introduced the rice cereal again. He has
had it 3 times and has vomited
everytime. The vomiting isn’t immediate,
it is usually about 4-5 hours afterwards
and it just comes puring out everywhere.
I night he did it and started choking on it
and it scared me to death.

My baby has the Rice Flour allergy
by: Jenncat

Oh my gosh, Ke ke, my 10 month old
daughter has the same reaction with anything with
riceflour in it. We have had
allergy testing done and it said she
wasn’t allergic to rice. But I know
something in the rice flour itself is making
her very sick. She vomits massively, gets
really pale and lethargic…it is quite scary.
This started when she was around 5
months, and we have had about 5
incidences since. (It took us a couple of
tries to figure out it was rice flour, then a
couple more times to realize that there
was a lot of rice flour in A LOT of baby
foods). I am currently searching the web
and talking to anybody I can to figure just
what is in the rice flour that would cause
this reaction. She also has other
allergies.(Has been tested twice)….
Wheat (low and getting better), milk (low
and getting better), peanuts (not getting
better), egg (getting worse), and the
mystery rice flour ingredient. It
makes it very hard to find things to feed her.
Almost every allergy free product has
rice flour in it. Anybody else who is going
through this I would LOVE to talk to you.

allergic to rice cereal
by: ke ke

The first time i gave my daughter rice
cereal she was 4 months and she threw
up all over the place. She vomit until
nothing else was in her little
stomach.This wasn’t like a regular spit up
you get from babies after they burp. This
vomiting scared me.She was making this
kind of noise I can’t explain. She would
cry her face would look pail. All those
symptoms gave me a reason to take her
to the hospital.They told me she had a
stomach virus. But I knew she didn’t get
sick until I gave her that cereal.When she
was 6 months old gave it to her again
same thing happen. Took her to her
pediatrician they said try another kind,
did that same thing happened again.Now
shes 8 months old I stop the cereal all
together and just give her jar foods.One
time I gave her the mango smoothie from
gerber stage 2 food. She had the same
throwing up spell she had with the rice
cereal.I looked at the ingredients and it
had rice flour in it.Most of the food have
rice flour in it so I mainly stick with the
fruits and vegetables.

Rice cereal reactions
by: Anonymous

Just to give some advice. I introduced
the cereal to my 4 1/2 month old
daughter. I found one that has no milk
powder in it. Just plain fortified rice cereal
that allows you to choose what you use.
Water, breast milk or formula. The
problem with cereals is that at 4 months,
baby is still intolerant to cows milk and
the powder used is derived from cows
Hope it helps!

Rice cereal allergy
by: Anonymous

tried y 6 month old daughter on rice cereal
as a first solid food (she is breast feed only).
same rash an her face and rear end. excessive gas
and diarrhea. stopped the rice cereal and will
stick to trying fruits and veggies.
no need to bother with cereals/grains
as they act like a filler.
she will be better source of
iron from my breastmilk.

No rush but not happy
by: Anonymous

We tryed to start our baby on Rice Ceral at 4 months.
We gave it to her for about 4 days and 2 hours after
she would just get so upset we could not
settle down. So we stopped and everything
went back to normal, I thought maybe
she just wasn’t ready yet. So now she is 6 months
and I tryed it again, yesterday and She was upset
again. But i just thought it was because she
wasn’t sleeping. But We gave it to her today and
same thing. She isn’t breaking out in a rash but
she is VERY upset 2 hours after eatting it.
So i think we are just going to Jump right
into veggies and fruits.. \
I hope it works…

Rice Cereal Reaction and Avocado Reaction
by: Anonymous

I wanted to provide an update on my
posting in January. I did wait until 5
months before trying any other solids
again. I started with baby Oatmeal this
time and only once a day for about a
week and my son didn’t have any
reaction this time. I introduced a few
other fruits and vegetables first and then
tried rice cereal again around six months
and did not get a reaction again. I did
want to add that I tried Avocado the other
day now that my son is almost seven
months old and it didn’t go well at all. He
actually threw it all back up within the first
minute of eating it. I will be waiting on
Avocado again for quite a bit as it
definitely didn’t agree with him for some
reason. Hope this helps.

by: Clara

i am a first time mom and just introduced
rice cereal two days ago (she just turned
4 months old)and noticed the same kind
of rash!!! I will definetly be waiting for it to
go away and trying the cereal again to
see if this is the reason for her
rash…thanks for writing about this though
i thought i was alone…lol. If it is the
reason for the rash i dont mind waiting
another month trying again, and if it
happens again, wait another month then
see….and of course see
what her dr says.

Introducing Rice Cereal
by: Leisha

I read you comments and have had a
similar reaction with my 4 month old son.
We introduced rice cereal and he too
developed a rash on his torso, but it was
on the second day we fed it to him that
he developed it I believe. I stopped
feeding him the cereal after I realized
what was likely causing this. I too thought
maybe it was heat rash at first from being
too bundled at night. It seems to be going
away now very slowly after not having it
for four days. My doctor said to wait until
it goes away and try to rechallenge with
the cereal, but I may wait another month
or so before trying anything. He’s still
small enough that we can certainly wait
to introduce any more solids.

Rice cereal allergy
by: Shirley

My baby will be 6 months on the 28 of
December. He is indeed allergic to rice
cereal. The first thing I gave him was rice
cereal and did not think of any allergic
reactions. That evening, his cheeks were
covered in a horrible rash. It was raised
and painful looking. I blamed it on the
fleece blanket he was holding, so I kept
giving him thee cereal and the rash got
worse and took forever to go away.
I still did not think he was allergic.
I introduced peaches and indeed he is
allergic to those, same reaction as the rice
cereal. Still not knowing about the rice,
after his face cleared from the peaches, I
gave him the cereal and he had the same
reaction. Like I said he is almost 6 months,
so the other day I bought those graduate puffs
that dissolve in their mouths and the first
ingredient is rice flour, so I just
gave it a try and what do you know,
he is allergic to those as well. He
got the rash and his eyes got red and
swollen and very watery. So for now he
has bananas and sweet potatoes, but is
showing interest in our food, so I know
he wants to try other baby foods, but
seems to be allergic to everything.

Reacting to Rice Cerael
by: Kelly

Hi, I am a first time mother and I first fed
my son Domanic at about 4 months of
age. I started with the rice cerael that
comes as free samples in the mail from
Nestle. Domanic had the same reaction
as your little one. It was painful for him.
The rash went aways after a couple of
days. I waited a couple of weeks and
tried again. I reread the instructions on
the package for preparing the cerael. It
said to add water, I added the cerael to
Domanics bottle at bedtime first. I now
mix it with water and it seems to be fine
with him now. He has had problems in
the past with Enfamil, a type of formula, it
was too rich for him. He was allergic to it.
I am very careful now to make sure I mix
everything by the instructions and to not
over add anything to make it too strong
and he seems to be fine. Your baby
might be having the same reactions
Domanic has. Maybe your little one is
sensitive. With you breastfeeding you are
giving your baby the best choice so
theres no telling if the cerael might be too
strong like it was for Domanic at first. I
would just try again and see if there is
any reaction. When I tried again I started
with only feeding a couple of spoons
once a day and then so on if no rash
Good luck!Kelly

Sorry to hear this
by: Christine (editor)

Kim, I’m so sorry that you got off to such
a bad start with introducing solids to your
little one! Thank you so much for sharing
your experience – although reactions to
infant rice cereal are unusual, this does
show that they CAN happen (unless, of
course, it transpires that your baby was
reacting to the pumpkin you had eaten
rather than the cereal itself).

Please do let us know what happens
if you do decide to try rice cereal
a second time.

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