Strange Reaction - question?

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 5:53am
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Hi,

My son had a strange reaction at daycare yesterday. He had lunch (food I provided and that he'd eaten before) then took a nap. When he got up from nap the teacher noticed large "bull's eye" rash rings on his thighs/groin. She said it looked like someone had drawn them with a marker. He was also crying and miserable. He'd been irritable all morning. My son is not verbal so it's hard to say what other symptoms he might have had. He had some diarrhea last night (but he's also getting over an intestinal flu). I instructed them to give Benadryl, which cleared up the rash very quickly. There was no sign of it when I got home from work.

My question is, has anyone ever heard of this kind of rash? It didn't sound like typical hives. But obviously it was some kind of reaction since the Benadryl was so effective.

The only things he'd had to eat were milk and dry cereal (either kix, cheerios, life or quaker oat squares) for breakfast, 3 just born berry jelly beans (I use candy/treats as incentives for him to take his supplements in the morning). For lunch he had yo baby yogurt, pastina I made, and Horizons organic jello cup (I think it was strawberry flavored). He has had all of these products before. He's also had strawberry containing products before, but I wonder if the jello could have been a problem. Any thoughts are appreciated!

Thanks!
Fran ds Jack 2 3/4 PA, soy (legumes)

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Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 6:04am
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Hi,
My son reacted to Kix cereal 2xs. He scratced under his chin until it was raw, gave Benadryl, stopped. Had him tested for corn, came back negative. Still don't know why he reacted though.
Has he eaten Kix alot? That's my only idea..
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Meg, mom to:
Matt 2 yrs. PA,MA,EA
Sean 2 yrs. NKA

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 6:08am
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Hi,
thanks for your reply. My son eats Kix a lot and has never had a problem before (he lives mostly on breakfast cereal - aargh!) He's eaten corn w/out a problem.
-Fran
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Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 7:32am
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Francine7, I'm sorry to hear of your son's reaction. I have nothing to offer you whatsoever except my support. Were any of the foods that your son ate new to his diet that day?
As I posted to momma2boys in her thread re her son's mystery reaction, I absolutely hate mystery reactions because they're mind boggling and very difficult to figure out.
I hope you're both okay. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 7:49am
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Sorry to hear about your sons reaction. For some reason the way you described the rash it sounds almost like a fungal/yeast type of reaction my ds had once when he was a baby. Maybe watch and see if it shows up again.
My sons have also been known to get rashes with viruses too. Its so hard to tell.
Hope you find some answers.

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 9:47am
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The only bulls-eye rash I've ever seen was related to Lyme Disease, but I can't imagine that would clear up with Benadryl.
Don't you hate these mysteries?
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 1:59pm
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Sounds like bug bites to me. Just the same, you may want to call your doctor or pharmacist, they'd have a better idea of what causes ring-like rashes, especially if he's coming off of being sick (did you give him a new med for the flu?).

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 2:47pm
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My ds and dd have gotten hives that are big red circles, and they have a big white spot in the middle. My dd has also had little ones like that and hives that look like mosquito bites.
My dd has had several reactions the past few weeks with no known causes. One of them I know the food she ate was all things she eats normally. It's all very FRUSTRATING!!!
Angie & Hunter

Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 11:28pm
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Thanks everyone for your replies!
I'm really puzzled. He hadn't taken any meds or eaten anything new. I didn't actually see the rash myself but it sounded like how Angie described. The teachers were very startled by it, describing it like it looked as if someone drew large red circles with markers and white in the middle.
I know it had to be some type of reaction b/c of how quickly the Benadryl cleared it up. He was in long pants, so I don't think it was bug bites (he does react badly to mosquito bites - which is a constant nuissance here in South Florida. If it was a contact reaction it had to come from a teacher during a diaper change.
I think the virus he has is rotavirus which I don't believe causes a rash. And he's already several days into the virus.
So mysterious - so frustrating!
Thanks!
Fran & Jack 2 3/4 - PA, soy (legumes)
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Posted on: Wed, 03/31/2004 - 11:53pm
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Francine - hope your little guy is feeling better now.
We've been finding that cereals have been causing us the most difficulty. The safe ones that we've found have slowly worn down my daughters resistance over time.
DD was fine with the safe Quaker oats for almost a year and then started developing rashes on the face after an hour or so after eating.
We switched to General Mills Lucky Charms and within 3 months, the same results were happening.
We've found she can't have any cereal where the inner wax bag is coated with BHT (a chemical that somehow put on the packaging to keep the cereal fresh).
I hope it's something you are able to sort out soon. Warm regards, [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/01/2004 - 12:28am
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Syd's Mom, what other food allergies does Syd have other than PA?
I've been very fortunate with cereals with Jesse. Jesse, in particular, would live on cereal if he could. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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