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Reintroducing food

My son ate apples (at 5.5 months) one time and broke out in a rash on his upper body and really red cheeks. I told the pediatrician and he told me to reintroduce apples to him again soon. Has anyone done this with a food baby was allergic to? How long should I wait? He will be 7 months old tomorrow.

  • Christa
    Dec 05

    I think you’re probably in the clear, I might try him on Apple sauce, a couple spoon fulls and then no more until the next day! My son hasn’t developed any allergies but that’s what I’d do with him! Small introduction, and only do 2-3 spoonfuls a day for the week, then if he does well, and no reaction start bumping it up to 3-4, again over the course of a week. I would also either make your own apple sauce- extremely easy- and that way you know exactly what he’s getting just the apples, a small amount of cinnamon, water and lemon juice. That’s all. I’ll post the recipe for you. But that’s how I have managed introduction of foods, and food which I have allergies too, that he does not seem to have as of yet. If you know EXACTLY whats in the food they get it helps establish what is in it that is an allergy for them. It eliminates the guessing game! If you were feeding him Gerber Apple sauce, that may have also been your issue. A few months ago there was a HUGE recall in Gerber foods for Arsenic levels which is rat poison ☠️. They kept this super quiet as they didn’t want it to get out, but again, if it was me, and I do this already, is I’d make my own apple sauce, and do like I mentioned above!!! https://cookieandkate.com/2017/how-to-make-applesauce/

  • Jackie
    Dec 05

    Ah thats scary! I fed him beechnut apple, but I’m thinking of using a fresh organic apple next time and will try little at a time. Hopefully it was just a reaction to the pesticides (apples are on the dirty 12 list). Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely give it a try!

  • Julie
    Dec 05

    My sister had the same reaction 37 years ago when my mom gave her applesauce for the first time! I grew up on a farm and we had an apple orchard there that’s never seen a pesticide so in her case it was the apples themselves. At the time the pediatrician told my mom to try again in a month. She did and still saw the same reaction. She waited 6 more weeks and my sister was fine:).

  • Amanda
    Dec 05

    The same thing happened to my son when we first introduced him to apples. After a while it stopped happening. I think it's because of the acid in the apples. It seems common to me so don't worry. 😊