Posted 1/5/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)
When my son (who is now 14 months) was starting off eating baby food, i was told to start with the banana's, as usually they are the first foods. So at 5 months old i tried him on banana's - almost immediately after eating them he broke out into hives, his breathing became rapid and he stated sweating majorly. I rushed him to the clinic close to my house, and the doctor at the time said, probably he was more allergic to my cat then to the banana, he said leave banana's out of diet for a bit and try again later.
So at 8 months i tried again, this time with banana bread - almost immediately he broke out in hives - but no heavy breathing or sweating like before. Again, i left the banana's alone. Last week, my mom was watching him, she thought her pudding (which he loves) was vanilla - turned out to be banana. Again, all the same reactions.
I am going to assume he is allergic to banana's. I was told at 6 months that he had asthma, which both myself and my daughter were born with ( i was on the vent mask for most of my childhood, and my daughter has the brown and pink puffers)
I'm just concerned that since we are unable to get him tested for a few more years, that this allergy may turn worse, and right now he can't tell me that he can't breath or that he has a tummy ache. I've read about the banana-latex allergy and how the allergy can also be linked to other fruits such as kiwi and mangos and certain trees. I will say that summer is not his best time of year, from the time it starts till the time it ends he is congested, runny eyes, nose, and a cough - thats when the doc saw him and put him on the inhalers.
I'm just wondering if its the banana or the protein or potassium - which i guess is one in the same. Just wondering if anyone who suffers from this themselves knows of a list that i can obtain that shows all the banana related foods so i have some idea what NOT to give him. Poor lil guy - he loves banana's, but they HATE him.
Wondering too if anyone knows of a medic alert band small enough for a 14 month old???
Thanks for reading, and any comments or advise is greatly appreciated.