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Food Allergies

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive October 2007: Food Allergies
By Chai~latte on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 06:05 pm:

I made spaghetti for dinner last night and both children ate it with no problems.

Today they had tomato soup for lunch and I noticed that my 2 year old had red blotches on his face after eating; then I promptly forgot about it.

This evening they had left over spaghetti for dinner and my 2 year old again had red blotches on his face, but last night nothing.

Could he be allergic to tomatoes? He's been eating them for as long as he's been eating solid foods, it just seems weird that this would just pop up like this. Should I give him Benadryl? Or just watch and wait?

By Vicki on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 06:21 pm:

Dd used to get the same thing from tomato products. I did ask her ped about it and he said it was a reaction to them being on her face. Like the acid in the tomatoes almost made a little "burn" on her face. Was this all over or just where he had a mess on his face like around the mouth? We started keeping a wet rag at the table when we had things like that and wiping her very often during the meal and it solved it!

By Chai~latte on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 06:58 pm:

Yes Vicki exactly, just where the food touched his face, he had red blotches this evening and at lunch he had the blotches and little bumps as well.

I try what you suggested.


By Debbie on Friday, October 26, 2007 - 07:36 pm:

My dks used to get this too, especially my ds who has very fair skin. Ditto Vicki, I was told it is just a reaction of the acid in the sauce with their skin.

By Karen~admin on Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 09:16 am:

I agree with Vicki too. My boss's wife, who is well into her 60's, suddenly developed an allergy to anything with tomatos - salsa, tomato sauce, tomato soup. Wherever it *touches* her - inside her mouth, on her lips, the skin around her mouth - the same thing happens, and the skin burns like it is raw.

Try the wet rag, and hopefully that will solve that problem.

By Breann on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 11:12 am:

This same thing happens to my little boy with ranch and tomatoe sauce. Wherever it touches his face, it leaves a blotch. It doesn't seem to hurt him at all.

By Chai~latte on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 11:36 am:

Yup, Ranch dressing here as well. Good to know that it's no big deal. Spaghetti is huge at our house!

By Kaye on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 08:16 pm:

Just to be safe though, keep benedryl on hand. My dd has issues with some foods like that (not as many as she used to). Always that contact type thing. Well one day she ate a prepackaged container of jello and her lips swelled, very quickly. It hasn't happened since. But if they are having immune responses like that, it is better safe than sorry.

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