Multi-grained Cherrios - first reaction post ER visit

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By slk70 on Sat, 02-17-07, 19:53

Well 11 month old DS reacted today 2 hours after eating multi-grain cherrios. I read the label and didn't see anything to indicate anything. The only reason I beleive it was the cherrios is because I read on this forum (after the fact)they have almond meal.

He got a rash all over his body- no swelling, no problems breathing. I gave him benedryl and watched him for improvement or worsening. I had his twinject epipen in hand waiting. Thankfully the rash was gone with an hour or so. He is doing well.

Scary! We just found out he has this PA on Feb 3. So this is all new to us.

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Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg
Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

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By ajgauthier on Sat, 02-17-07, 20:07

Sorry that happened [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Glad everything is ok.

Where did you see on here that Multigrain Cheerios has almond meal? I'm allergic to almonds, and eat Multigrain Cheerios frequently with no problems --- I just checked my box and I don't see anything, so I'm curious.

Please elaborate or reraise the thread you saw it in...thanks!

Edited to say: found the thread! It's from Sept 2005, and appears to be outdated. Multigrain Cheerios (US) no longer have almond flour as an ingredient, or they no longer are on shared equip (it was unclear in the other thread about the tree nut/almond warning)

On Monday you can call General Mills just to double check. Hope you figure out where the reaction came from, I know it can be frustrating.

Adrienne

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[This message has been edited by ajgauthier (edited February 17, 2007).]

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By slk70 on Sat, 02-17-07, 22:03

4 hours later he got the rash again and looked weird. Wasn't sure what to do and called the allergist. Dr said he doesn't think it was a reaction to the cherrios and that it isn't a food allergy reaction at all. He thinks it is a viral thing. Like a fever rash. LAst week he had an ear infection and cold. It seems to be going away but maybe he is still sick.

I still got rid of the multigrain cherrios just in case.

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Slk70 (Sheryl)
Mommy to Nathan - born 2/28/06 - Peanut/Egg
Aidan (3 yrs) NFA

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By PAMomInPA on Sun, 02-18-07, 15:30

My son got that rash after being sick with a fever a couple of times.

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By nyckate2 on Sun, 02-18-07, 17:25

Wow, I haven't eaten Multi grain cheerios in forever because I remembered them having that tree nut warning.
Poor little guy, I hope he's feeling better!

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By ajgauthier on Sun, 02-18-07, 23:09

Quote:Originally posted by nyckate2:
[b]Wow, I haven't eaten Multi grain cheerios in forever because I remembered them having that tree nut warning.
Poor little guy, I hope he's feeling better![/b]

I know...I used to eat them when they first came out, then soon after they became unsafe (tree nut warning). Two weeks ago all the cereal was on sale and I picked up a box, and yay! I can eat them again (which is good b/c I get sick of Smart Start and need some variety)

Adrienne

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By luvmyboys on Mon, 02-19-07, 00:18

Sheryl, Had he eaten anything since the cheerios? I doubt it was the cheerios but perhaps it was something else we could help you identify. I feel like too often viral hives is a cop out for the pediatricians who know little to nothing about allergies (I know you spoke to your allergist as well).

With ds#3 he had a persistent rash for a number of months. Our ped (new due to a move) felt it was viral. We ran RAST tests and nothing turned up, but I knew the ped was wrong. He had rashes in the past and coincidentally when he went on zyrtec for nasal allergy symptoms there were no more rashes and then when we stopped zyrtec he had a rash again. Finally we got a new ped familiar with the allergy scene. She showed me that she could tell the rash was coming in some areas and going in others. Although it didn't present like typical eczema she felt it was a food induced eczema condition. With some luck and persistence we figured out it was an "allergy" to nitrates in processed meats! No rash now for 6 months since the day we cut them out!
Luvmyboys

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By alliedhealth on Wed, 02-21-07, 19:26

I know that last year I read boxes of multi-grain cheerios that said "contains almonds" at the bottom (2006)... I have not checked this year

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By ajgauthier on Wed, 02-21-07, 20:12

OK - I just called General Mills and a very helpful c/s rep dug through ingredient labels from past boxes of Multigrain Cheerios for me. It took about 5 minutes, but she was very helpful.

The last label she shows as having almond ingredients (and a treenut warning label) was in July 2005, so that would correspond with a July 2006 expiration label.

So yes, the recipe changed [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Adrienne

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By nyckate2 on Thu, 02-22-07, 02:29

Great news! I loved those!

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By NicoleinNH on Thu, 02-22-07, 05:03

Sorry to hear about your son's hives and I hope he is doing better.

I am surprised/very happy to hear multigrain Cheerios no longer contain tree nuts. I haven't even looked at the box since we threw them out back in 2002 when DD was first diagnosed. I loved that cereal when I used to eat it!!!

Nicole

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By saknjmom on Wed, 02-28-07, 12:52

My son eats mg cheerios almost every day with no problem....

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