Saturday, July 07, 2007

Is my baby NOT a RiceBaby??

The baby just turned six months old, and my wife wanted to commemorate the milestone by feeding her rice cereal. Unfortunately, she's been having diarrhea all week, and is developing a really raw diaper rash from pooping about ten times a day. I'm wondering if that's just a natural part of adjusting to new foods. The doctors speculate that she may be allergic to the cereal, and instructed us to hold off on the cereal for now.

Who would have thunk it, an Asian kid allergic to rice!!!

P.S.: I meant to plug the creator of that image above. In case you didn't already know, it's from our friends over at Great ExpectAsians, an "online greeting cards store designed to showcase and foster positive images of Asian Americans." Use them for all your special occasions.

8 comments:

Superha said...

what a great picture... what a sweet rice baby!

daddy in a strange land said...

Hey dude, I just found this:

"Could my baby be allergic to Rice/Rice cereal? It seems like she had a reaction to it!

Rice in particular is not a known "high" allergen in the US and most Western Countries and this is why it is typically recommended as an infant's first food (in the US that is). If there is a rice allergy, studies show that the allergy is most often to the pollen of the rice and a reaction is triggered by the inhalation of the pollen - rice is a grass and may produce hay fever like symptoms. Rice pollen has been know to cause allergies in those that live around rice fields. Typically, if one is allergic to rice, then there will be sensitivities shown to other grains such as oats, barley, wheat and rye to name a few! Rice may cause diarrhea in those that are sensitive to it however it is rare.

You will find that the early commercial Rice products offered to baby are fortified with iron and typically contain further additives. Commercial baby cereals that contain rice are typically of the "mixed" ingredient nature and may contain items such as soy and starch. Infant jar foods that contain rice may contain items such as soy, modified corn starch, tapioca etc.. It may be that in the beginning, your baby had a sensitivity to something contained within the cereal or the jar that was not directly related to the rice."

(from http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/allergy.htm)

SoulSnax said...

I guess we'll head on over to the Whole Foods for lunch today, pick up that organic rice cereal, and some of those chocolate truffles too!!

By the way, we tried those G-diapers for the first three months. they worked great, but we had to give them up because the velcro on the diaper pants irritated her skin. We called the company, and they were very supportive of our commitment to keeping conventional diapers out of the landfills. They said that they were coming out with an improved design in April. But April has come and gone, yet no new G-pants! Has anyone seen them?

angie said...

both kids' first food was rice, but rice that i made and mashed up with about 6-8 times the amount of water. my (korean) mom thought it was ridiculous to BUY rice cereal when i had "real" cooked rice already. it made sense to me - i mean that's how a lot of babies in asia get their first food, right? and 5 billion people can't be wrong . . .

good luck. i think it's great you're willing to make the sacrfice to whole foods and get those truffles, too. ; )

honglien123 said...

Like Angie we didn't buy rice cereal. We tried rice cereal a few times when my daughter was a baby but she hated it. Instead, my parents cooked up plain chao/congee/jook/rice porridge (whatever you want to call it) and she practically inhaled the stuff. Unfortunately, it's notoriously low on vitamins and so we had to supplement her diet with liquid multivitamins.

kt said...

Soulsnax,
I live in Portland, OR and just happen to have a good buddy who works at G-diaper. I'll ask her about ir.

kt said...

I meant to say "ask about it".

arirang said...

My son couldn't stand rice, either the rice cereal (organic) or the juk. He loved oatmeal though, it must have been the smidge of Irish in him :-).