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Reaction to Blueberries


reaction to blueberries

rash from blueberries

My 7 month old just had a minor skin irritation/reaction to blueberries this morning.  It made her cheeks break out in a rash for about an hour.  She has very fair skin & light eyes.  What other berries & fruit should we stay away from and till what age?

Local reactions to foods are common in young children. It is impossible to know exactly what foods will upset an individual. I would not want to limit all of these foods as most of them are the nutritious items that we want to our children to eat. Let’s just call this a list of foods to watch.

Foods can cause skin irritation:

Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit including their juices
Tomatoes and tomato products
blueberries strawberries, raspberries
mangos, pineapple, cantaloupe

These same food items will also cause contact irritant diaper rashes on the way out. One of my girls loved orange juice as a toddler. Unfortunately, every time she had some she would quickly get a diaper rash. We learned to decrease her orange juice intake and even apply preventative barrier diaper rash cream. These rashes were actually a motivating factor during her potty training days.

While not a “true allergic” reaction these rashes can cause discomfort. They tend to occur in sensitive, fair skinned individuals. The reactions can be worse if the skin is already irritated (dry or chapped). As children get older, they are usually able to tolerate these foods.

I would have you avoid feeding her blueberries for a couple months and try again. Non-local swelling, changes in breathing or voice, hives or vomiting are all signs of a possible allergic reaction.

 

 

Written August 2012 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician

 

 

 

 

 

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