Possible reaction to Jello pudding

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 11:22am
Holly's picture
Joined: 01/28/2003 - 09:00

I'm Nervous right now. I just fed ds some
Jello rice pudding, the instant powder mix.
He took one bite, said he didn't like it. Then a moment later he said his throat felt like it has nails in it and is having trouble swallowing.
I gave him some water, he said it feel a lttle better. It's been about ten minutes now and I'm watching him. He's Pa and tree nut. My biggest fear is that we are in the middle of a snow storm and our roads haven't been plowed yet. I can't believe I tried something new tonight.

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 12:16pm
falcon's picture
Joined: 07/03/2004 - 09:00

Holly - I hope he is feeling fine by the time you read this!!! If you are unsure about what to do, it would be a good idea to call the emergency line of your doctor, preferably your allergist, or the ER and tell them what is going on to get some advice and peace of mind.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 12:00am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

I hope your son is feeling better. I don't remember if it was that brand but I know it was the instant puddings that had a recall one time. I don't know why but I never feel safe using the instant puddings. Maybe because of the recalls. It wasn't rice pudding though and I think it was the sugar-free ones.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 1:07am
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

So sorry your son had trouble - hopefully he's fine now!
Jello had a pudding recall last year(??) for pistacio in other pudding. I can't remember if it was instant or cook and serve.
Found the article...
Kraft Recalls 148,500 Packages Of Jell-O Chocolate Pudding
Three Flavors May Contain Undeclared Pistachios
POSTED: 9:55 am EDT April 12, 2005
UPDATED: 10:14 am EDT April 12, 2005
WASHINGTON -- Kraft Foods is recalling 148,500 packages of Jell-O chocolate pudding that may contain unlisted pistachio nuts.
People who are allergic or severely sensitive to pistachios risk serious or life-threatening reactions if they eat the nuts.
No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported.
Kraft said the mislabeled packages were distributed nationwide.
The recall includes 1.4-ounce packages of Jell-O brand sugar-free, fat-free, reduced-calorie instant pudding and pie filling in three flavors:
White chocolate, with "best when used by" codes 05 MAR 07 D8 and 06 MAR 07 D8.
Chocolate, with "best when used by" code 06 MAR 07 D8.
Chocolate fudge, with "best when used by" code 07 MAR 07 D8.
No other Jell-O products are part of the recall, and there is no health risk for consumers who are not allergic to pistachio nuts.
Consumers can return the pudding to where it was purchased for a full refund.
Consumers can call Kraft at (800) 323-4243 or visit the company's Web site for more recall information.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 8:27am
Holly's picture
Joined: 01/28/2003 - 09:00

Thanks everybody,
He is doing better. His arms got a few hives on them and I gave him a big dose of benadryl. He eventually said his throat was feeling better. He slept in my room so I could keep an eye on him. I was prepared to use the epi if symptoms progressed.
He is allergic to pistachio so may cross contamination was the problem. Big lesson learned though, I'll never try something new while we are snowed in!

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2007 - 5:39am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

You should notify the manufacturer to let them know. If you still have the package (I doubt it by now!) call the FDA and alert them too.
Glad your son is OK!

Posted on: Sun, 02/18/2007 - 9:59am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I will say this because we all learn this way. I would have given the benadryl immediately.
Your son knows how he feels and if his throat feels bad that is probably Hives in his throat that can be very dangerous and close off his airway.
Don't hesitate to use Benadryl and epi. More kids die when a well meaning adult decides to
"wait and see."
I'm glad he is OK.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 9:31am
Holly's picture
Joined: 01/28/2003 - 09:00

I know, I didn't really handle the situation well that night. I did wait too long to give benadryl, it didn't come to mind right away because I was so worried that I was going to have to give the epi and he wouldn't have been able to
get to a hospital after that with the snow. So I waited.
My actions went against what I've always said I would do, give epi and go to the hospital. But it was an unusual situation
and now I know to plan ahead with Pa in mind for unexpected events. And also it was an unusual reaction for him. I know they can all be different but I went back and forth for a minute trying to decide if it was a reaction.
I'll tell you though, I was pretty shocked when he said that about his throat. There are moments when I am ready for a reaction, like when we go out to eat, even if it's a place we've been a thousand times. OR if we're at a place where there are lots of kids eating around us. But this caught me by surprise because he's had pudding before and I generally trust Kraft.
I guess for me this is still a learning experience.
I thought about sending the box for testing but we had already eaten the pudding.
Thanks everybody.

Posted on: Mon, 02/19/2007 - 10:53am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

Amy now you know. This is how we all learn. You'll be fine.
I wonder if you were SNOWED IN and had to use the epi. I can't see any harm to using epi and NOT going to the hospital.
I would speak to the allergist or an ER doc and ask what would they have done snowed in and reacting.
When our son went to Scotland we sent him with oral versions of most of the meds they might have used in an ER. Maybe people who "could be" snowed in could get a stockpile of meds just in case.
Our son had Benadryl, Epi, Prednisone, Medicine for nausea and Zantac. We keep that in our earthquake supplies too.
And I guess I never would have thought to NOT try something new when it was snowing. Makes so much sense in retrospect (Like everything else.)
Good luck to you
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