Reaction to immunization or breastmilk in 4 month old


I am wondering if someone might shed some light on this while my sister is waiting for a referral... Her 4 month old dd has had very bad cradle cap and eczema for a few months now, and projectile vomiting. She is breastfed only and my sister thought it was milk so she has since cut out of her diet. She avoids peanuts and nuts because of my ds. On Tues morning she took dd to dr. for DTaP immunization. On Wed afternoon baby awoke with one eye swollen completely shut and lots of crying and eczema worst it's been (all over body)and is weeping. Immediately bathed the eye, took baby to dr. and with time eye is better, eczema still really bad. Baby was also given tylenol and also has been vomiting. Dr. didn't know if it was reaction to needle or something else. She will be referring my sister to a dermatoligist and an immunization specialist. In the meantime I thought I'd check to see if anyone had an infant who had an allergic reaction to the DTaP...or do you think this is just coincidence and baby is reacting to something my sister ate?If it was the DTap needle would reaction be 24 hours later? Allergy to tylenol? And for those of you who breastfeed how did your allergic children react to what you ate? Is it possible to get hives or eye swelling through breastmilk? Thanks very much, we're all pretty upset by this! ***Should also mention baby had DTaP immunization at 2 months with no visible reaction.

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On Mar 8, 2007


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Originally posted by ccm'smom: [b]And for those of you who breastfeed how did your allergic children react to what you ate? Is it possible to get hives or eye swelling through breastmilk? Thanks very much, we're all pretty upset by this!


I can only answer about the breastfeeding from experience with my own kids. I have 2 allergic to milk and the only reaction through breastmilk they ever got was horrible pain, gas, diarrhea and even some puking(or worse reflux). They only ever got hives if milk(cows milk) actually touched them(by kiss from someone's lips after drinking/eating etc...)

I get nervous when people nursing say they have cut out milk, has she just cut out drinking it, did she cut out baked goods, reads labels etc...?? My daughter(youngest) would react from whey in a cookie(listed having less then 2% in the ingedients) through my breast was crazy!

I am not so familiar with vaccine reactions, so I coudln't advice on that, if this was a reaction or not. I think(if this were me) I would for sure hold off on any futher vaccines(meet with the immunization specialist for sure), get into an allergist(see if eggs or something isn't to blame as 6yr olds eczema got hossible from eggs, but I had no idea).

Good luck, I know it is scary whent hey react, and you don't know to what. Hopefully you can get her into these doc's soon and pinpoint what happened. Good luck, update us if you get seom answers.

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Mar 8, 2007

There was a really interesting article in the last FAAN newsletter about how the most common symptom of egg allergy in infants is eczema. The protein has been found to be excreted in breast milk. It would be interesting for your sister to go off egg and see what happens to the eczema.

On Mar 8, 2007

My ds was never allergic to eggs. He had a flu shot every year. But for some reason, this year (he's 5) he had the flu shot and had an ana. reaction and ended up in the hospital for 2 days. He since has been RAST tested and found to have an egg allergy.

On Mar 8, 2007

My experience with Drew has SEEMED like (never 100% sure) it's been eczema and restlessness (tummy upset or itching?) through nursing alone, and puking - hives - eczema through ingestion. Although after he was sensitized by the puking incident, I later saw some hives after nursing w/ the same allergen (I was testing). They were not bad ones, though, and easily controlled.

Practically ANY food protein can be an allergen. Milk and egg are common culprits in children, but they are not the only culprits. My dermatologist said that she's hearing about more corn allergies in babies lately. Some to consider: Eggs, milk, nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, and I'd add corn and sesame.

Some people in your sister's shoes would try a TED (Total Elimination Diet). Different versions exist, but you eat simply for a few weeks until things calm down, then you add foods back in and observe. Turkey, rice,'s a link:


I'm so sorry. How frustrating. Big hugs to your sis, her baby, and to you for being supportive.


On Mar 8, 2007

There are numerous threads on this board regarding immunizations. Many different opinions but most of all there is quite a bit of good information.

On Mar 8, 2007

It may not be an allergic reaction. It may be an adverse reaction. You might want to look into adverse reactions to DTaP.

If you do feel it was an adverse reaction, please consider making a [url=""]VAERS[/url] report if you're in the US.


On Mar 8, 2007

No advice about the immunizations as we have not immunized 3 of our 4 and the one we did only went as far as 15 month shots. He had HORRIBLE reactions!

My middle two children had really awful excema... raw and bleeding. It wasn't until we changed them to a hypo-allergenic formula that it cleared up. Once changed to the formula my older child cleared up within a day! My younger child had allergies to 20 different foods... 10 were severe! She was under 1 when tested and could not have corn, white potatoes, rice, green beans, peas, peanuts, eggs etc... Older child is PA and shellfish allergic and the younger child that had so many allergies has outgrown ALL of them!

I would try a hypo-allergenic formula for a day or two while pumping and see if that makes a difference. If it does then it would be safe to say that it is an allergy to something and if it does not affect the excema then it was probably a reaction to the shot.

Hope this helps.

On Mar 9, 2007

DS had severe eczema and frequent vomiting as a baby. The vomiting was usually after nursing. I ate a lot of PB at that time because DD loved it so much. Easier to make 2 PBJs than something different for me. And I had read (I don't remember where, but know it was a source I took seriously) that what you eat is not passed to the baby through breast milk. So I didn't put 2 and 2 together. He was weaned right around his first birthday. A week or two later had his first taste of PB, had a reaction and was diagnosed as PA. Never vomited again (except for stomach flu). I don't believe his eczema was as directly related to PA, though. It seemed to get better when we went to visit relatives in CT (we lived in AZ at the time), and get worse again when we returned to AZ. And it did not clear up after weaning/cutting out peanuts.

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By lauralee_1982 on Feb 7, 2012

I know this is an older thread but I wanted to share that we had the same experience with our daughter. She started getting eczema and cradle cap around the time of her first immunizations. The night that she had her 6 month immunizations she was inconsolable, high fever, projectile vomitting and crying for hours. She actually never fell asleep that night. The doctors said it was a normal reaction and unless her temp rose over 104 not to worry. She did feel better the next day so we didnt worry about it too much. I nursed her for 7 months and was very careful not to give her anything that was even manufactured on the same equipment as nuts. When we finally tried peanut butter at 20 months, her tongue immediatly swelled and she got hives down her throat. She must have been sensatized to peanuts prior to our first attempt at feeding her peanut butter and I know that it was due to DTap vaccine that she received during her 6 month immunization. She if 4 years old now and still has a peanut allergy.