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What is the definition or description of: Oatmeal allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Oatmeal allergy?

Oatmeal allergy: An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. This food allergy is rare and is not life threatening. For potential adverse effects see: http://allergysymptomsx.com/oat-allergy.php ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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What else can't you eat (besides oatmeal) with an oatmeal allergy?

What else can't you eat (besides oatmeal) with an oatmeal allergy?

Wheat & barley: Wheat and barley cross-react with oats. White flour is made from wheat. ...Read more

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My son has allergy to peanut butter... Pretty severe also believes he is developing one to oatmeal what might symptoms be?

My son has allergy to peanut butter... Pretty severe also believes he is developing one to oatmeal what might symptoms be?

Hives, vomiting, etc: Allergy to oats is rare, but certainly possible. Food allergies cause similar symptoms, so you should watch for hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing, lip swelling and itching in the mouth. An allergist can skin test for oat or a blood test (rast-type) can be done. ...Read more

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Which is better for infants: BeechNut or Gerber oatmeal?

Which is better for infants: BeechNut or Gerber oatmeal?

Read the label: To the best of my knowledge there are no formal studies that compare these brands of baby food to each other. Composition is likely similar, but still read the labels. Avoid products with artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Organic varieties are usually void of these. ...Read more

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For people with wheat allergy can we eat oatmeal?

Depends: Many of the commonly available oat products are milled at the same facilities that mill wheat. If so, trace amounts of wheat can contaminate the oats and result in a sensitivity reaction. If you examine the consumer label of these products you may be able to find one that is milled on separate equipment and safe to consume. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in wheat allergy can we eat oatmeal?

Can you tell me in wheat allergy can we eat oatmeal?

Yes, but....: Oatmeal is a very different grain than wheat is and it is rare that a person is allergic to both. However, many places that make cereals use the same equipment to process the oats as they do wheat, so cross contamination with small amounts of wheat can occur. Read label of your oatmeal — it will usually list if prepared in a facility where wheat exposure/contamination may occur. ...Read more

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I get heartburn every time I eat carb foods (pasta, breads, oatmeal etc). Is this gluten related? I don't experience other gluten allergy symptoms.

I get heartburn every time I eat carb foods (pasta, breads, oatmeal etc). Is this gluten related? I don't experience other gluten allergy symptoms.

Possible: Try gluten-free oat to see if causes the same symptoms. Even though you may not have the full-blown symptoms, and heart burn is not the usual symptoms in gluten intolerance, it cannot be totally ruled out. Nonetheless, it would be a good idea for you to consult a doctor regarding these symptoms. ...Read more

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Getting allergy testing done next week. Since coming off antihistamines I've noticed how extreeeemely itchy my scalp/body is. Using Aveeno (oatmeal) is helping.

Getting allergy testing done next week. Since coming off antihistamines I've noticed how extreeeemely itchy my scalp/body is. Using Aveeno (oatmeal) is helping.

Dry skin: If the allergy skin testing is solely for itching without any nasal, eye. Or respiratory symptoms, I believe that the yield is quite low. Your response to Aveeno suggests that dry skin is likely the cause and would recommend that you apply the lotion <3 minutes after bathing (avoid scented soap as well) to see if this helps. ...Read more

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Infant constipation. We have tried prune juice oatmeal and soy milk and nothing is working. Can we use a stool softener and what foods to avoid. ?

Natural plugs: Apple sauce, bananas & rice cereal are the main constipators in most infants. Peaches, pears, plums & barley cereal are usually helpful in loosening them. Prune or apple juice(regular adult, not dilute baby) given in amounts of 1-2 ounces 1-2 x/day for a minimum of 3 days will usually loosen a kid. Good luck. ...Read more

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When can an infant be checked for allergies?

When can an infant be checked for allergies?

Any Age: If an infant is demonstrating signs/symptoms consistent with an allergic reaction, they can be tested at any age. ...Read more

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How are infant food allergies daignosed?

How are infant food allergies daignosed?

Allergy test: We allergists prefer a prick skin test and we do it in the office and it is relatively painless. There are also blood tests, but depending on the lab you go to and the technique they use, some are not that reliable. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

What are symptoms of infant food allergies?

Many possible ones.: Symptoms of infant food allergies can include poor weight gain, hives, bloody diarrhea, severe eczema, facial/eyelid/tongue/lip/throat swelling, itching, chest tightness, wheeze, vomiting, abdominal pain, rapid pulse, dizziness, low blood pressure, fainting, and/or respiratory or cardiac arrest. Please see your child's doctor or an allergist asap for evaluation if you suspect a food allergy. ...Read more

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How can I handle mild food allergies in my infant?

How can I handle mild food allergies in my infant?

Recognize first...: Based on clinical history and suspicion. Then test correlative to the history. If any positives show up, you should avoid and re-test at frequent intervals to determine if your child has outgrown the allergy. And please do not underestimate food allergies, always carry an epi injector if symptoms are anything beyond eczema flaring. ...Read more

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Can a 2-month-old infant have allergies? Seasonal allergies?

Can a 2-month-old infant have allergies? Seasonal allergies?

Rarely: Congestion is a normal response of the airway to inhaled dust, fumes, dry heat, pollen, etc. As well as infection. Airway mucous traps debris particles and works to remove them. Vaporizers help thin heavy mucous in some. Avoid cleaning products with heavy odors, perfumes, and smoke and change ac filters often. A particle filter for babys room may also help. Nasal saline as a wash is helpful. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in infants or toddlers?

What are some symptoms of peanut allergies in infants or toddlers?

Varied: Peanut reactions in infants and toddlers are the same as in teens and adults. They can include: rhinitis, lip/tongue swelling, rash, hives, itchiness, throat swelling, trouble breathing, wheezing, belly pain, vomiting, passing out and rarely death. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of infant food allergies?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of infant food allergies?

Food allergy symptom: In general, there are 3 ways food allergy can present. The most dramatic one that we often refer to is immediate reaction that can cause hives, nausea, vomiting, throat closing and can be life threatening. Other types of food allergy can be more subtle and present chronically like esophagitis, gastroenteritis, colitis (difficulty swallowing, abdo pain, bloody stool...) or eczema. ...Read more

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Which is the best infant milk formula for babies with family history of allergy?

Which is the best infant milk formula for babies with family history of allergy?

Pre-digested formula: There are 2 hypoallergenic formulas, nutramigen and alimentum. They are predigested to avoid food allergies. They are also much more expensive. You can probably try regular priced formulas that are either milk-free or with partially digested milk proteins. By far, most babies do well without needing a hypoallergenic formula. ...Read more

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Infant allergy to everything I'm giving her, possible causes of this?

Infant allergy to everything I'm giving her, possible causes of this?

Allergies: I would talk to your doctor about specific symptoms that make you think your child is allergic to everything. Sometimes there are intolerances or other confusing symptoms that may not actually be allergies. If they really are allergies you may need to see an allergist. ...Read more

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Could anybody have an infant if they have a latex allergy?

Could anybody have an infant if they have a latex allergy?

Yes: Hospitals and physicians are both aware and ready for this possibility. As long as the personnel you encounter are made aware of your specialized needs, latex free products are available to replace the products that would come in contact with your skills. ...Read more

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Which antihistamine is safe for a 2-week-old infant for Allergy?

Which antihistamine is safe for a 2-week-old infant for Allergy?

None: None that I am aware of. I am not sure he has an allergy either at 2 weeks of age. He may instead just have a cold. I would just use a gentle nasal saline spray and use a suction device like Nosefrida. My wife uses it on our 3 year-old. Use a cool mist humidifier too. And, have him see his pediatrician if no improvement. Most drugs used in infants starts at 2 years of age. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pediacare Infant Decongestant Drops allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pediacare Infant Decongestant Drops allergy?

Pediacare Allergy: Pediacare Infant Decongestant Drops allergy. The active ingredient is pseudoephedrine. Allergy may be due to dye or flavoring in the product. Allergic reaction may include swelling of lips and tongue or face, skin rash or hives. ...Read more

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Is a milk allergy in an infant a symptom of autism?

Is a milk allergy in an infant a symptom of autism?

No, it is not: A milk allergy can occur at any time. I developed it two years ago. This is a pure milk allergy without any difficulty with lactose intolerance. I have a daughter with the same condition and yet my autistic grandson does not have that symptoms at all. ...Read more

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What to do about infant reflux, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

What to do about infant reflux, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

Positioning: What is the age of the child? If older than 3 months and if severe GERD I would consider adding rice cereal 1 tablespoon per 4 oz of the formula to thicken the feed. In a baby less than 2 months I would try positioning in a 45 degree position after feedings for a hr to see if it helps. Fomula switching will not improve GERD if that is the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

Rice allergy with infant? Is that ok since whiteout says rice cereal is bad anyway?

RICE ALLERGY?: Among the cereals when first intruducing solid foods, rice cereal is the safest. Mothers are advised to give cereals one by one to avoid allergy especially to wheat. During diarrhea, we give rice cereal to the diet. ...Read more

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Do infants have food allergies that will eventually go away if their parents do not have those food allergies?

Do infants have food allergies that will eventually go away if their parents do not have those food allergies?

Yes: Most food allergies in infants go away in time whether their parents have those allergies. Food allergies that cause eczema are more like to go away (or at lease decrease) in a year or 2. Those that can cause life threatening anaphylaxis may still resolve with time but may not go away with the same frequency. Food allergy can often be diagnosed with a history & prick skin tests. ...Read more

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I'm interested to know if there is really a correlation between eczema and milk allergy in infants whether it can develop at 5 months old.

I'm interested to know if there is really a correlation between eczema and milk allergy in infants whether it can develop at 5 months old.

Yes: Eczema can develop at any time after about age 2 months and can be triggered by milk allergy. Dry skin is the major issue and thus using a moisturizer after bathing and again in 12 hrs is a must. ...Read more

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What to do about infant reflux, eczema, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

What to do about infant reflux, eczema, soy allergy, soy formula and enfamil ar?

See a Specialist: This is a complicated question that cannot be well answered in only 400 characters. The problems with formula may be allergy or lactose intolerance or several other things. You should have the baby tested for soy and milk allergy and you may need to try several formulas before you find one that is well tolerated. Enfamil AR thickens in the stomach so it is less likely to reflux back up the esop ...Read more

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Mucus in infant stool.....what can cause it besides allergy? Baby is on amino acid formula

Mucus in infant stool.....what can cause it besides allergy? Baby is on amino acid formula

Poor Digestion: For infants mucus in the stool suggest poor digestion. Depending on when you changed the formula the mucus in the still may still be there. Mucus without blood may not be a problem. Discuss this with your doctor if it persist. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! Will infant formula allergies cause enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Need doctor's help! Will infant formula allergies cause enlarged tonsils and adenoids?

Formula: Not likely. Typically, infant formula allergies cause abdominal symptoms, such as pain, diarrhea, etc... ...Read more

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My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen). She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

My LO is 8 mo. 20 lbs. I gave her infant Tylenol (acetaminophen).  She has a thick runny nose and watery eyes (allergies) can I also give her children's benadryl?

Benedryl indication: Although the manufacturer does not indicate its use in children under 2 years of age, it is not uncommon for it to be recommended 'off label' by pediatricians. Oral cetrizine is another antihistamine for allergies which does have a documented age indication for 6 months and up. Both of these medications can be safely administered with Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

Oatmeal Allergy (Definition)

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. This food allergy is rare and is not life threatening. For potential ...Read more