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October 22nd, 2009, 03:02 PM
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Our son Milo is on g-tube feedings of Pediasure. He has all sorts of issues, but since he's only eaten breastmilk, formula, and Pediasure, along with just little bites of other things here and there, we haven't run across many allergies. I got strawberry Pediasure for him for variety-2 whole cases. We noticed after an overnight pump feed that his stool was red and runny the next day. Red, we expected, but runny, not as much. We switched to vanilla, then again to strawberry. This time, he added a slight diaper rash to the mix. His ped wasn't sure that it was the Pediasure, but said to avoid it. DH gave him the strawberry stuff last night. Today, poor kid has pooped 7 times, lots of runny stuff, and he has a BLEEDING rash. We're assuming it's the red dye, but he's had plenty of other things with the specific red dye, so I'm wondering if anyone can offer some ideas. I feel SO badly for him!!! He's been screaming in pain all day, so I put medicated lip balm on him. Yeah, I know, weird, but it seemed to soothe him and the redness is going away. I changed his diaper, he pooped 2 minutes later, and when I went to change him, his entire genital area was bright red and raw and rashy. He seems to be coughing a lot today, too, near vomiting every time. I'm wondering if this has anything to do with it, since his cough has gotten worse every time he's had this stuff.

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October 22nd, 2009, 05:40 PM
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I just took my son yesterday for allergy testing and I talked with his dr. about the red dye. He is an older doctor and has been in practice many years. He said allergies to the red/yellow dyes are really the only 2 "additives" that he will agree on that can actually cause problems/symptoms. He said in his years of practice he has seen a handful of kids who will actually truly have a reaction to the dyes.

It could also just be the strawberry. It could be the citrus and the acidity in the strawberry as they have loads of Vitamin C or it could be the actual strawberry. My niece when she was little could drink juice b/c it would result in the same thing as your son...red diaper rash, red genital area and complete misery after drinking juice.

I have used a lot of different diaper rash stuff and the best thing I have found is honestly good old Vaseline... It will seal it and keep it moisturized.

Hope he feels better soon....
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October 22nd, 2009, 09:30 PM
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Thank you for your reply! Vaseline/lip balm seems to be working better than any of the diaper creams.

Red dye #3 is what's in strawberry Pediasure. I went back through our list of stuff that seemed to cause a reaction (even if very small), and I think that many of the items have red dye #3 in them!!! There's no real strawberry in the Pediasure. He's had a few sips of strawberry kiwi stuff; he did fine with those.

Well, at least we know. Funny, sort of, because we don't really have much artificial stuff in the house, but as it turns out, his main source of calories has the artificial ingredient that *would* cause problems!

He's still screaming tonight, but with the vanilla Pediasure, I think that he's feeling better. Thank you so much for your reply! I'll be taking him to a different doctor soon; this ped seems irritated by his many problems. Obviously, pediatrics was the right choice for her. LOL
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October 23rd, 2009, 06:52 AM
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aaggh pedis. I'm blessed to have a very tolerant one I think. LOL. Our allergists are good though. My son showed the biggest reaction to red 40; but I'm pretty convinced that those dyes are not good for us in general, especially for the LOs. I hope he gets to feeling better asap.

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October 23rd, 2009, 07:47 AM
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Yes, peds...mine is not on the top of my list right now....Nathan is 3, weighs 40 pounds and is 39 inches tall...95% for weight, 75% for height....I got a talk b/c he weighs too much....he isn't fat...he is solid...I told the dr. strip him down to his diaper and you can see he isn't fat. He truly is just solid and strong and robust (as his allergist called him). It's not like he's roll after roll after roll.....it's those **** growth charts! I'd like to roll them up and shove them well never mind....Those growth charts are stupid, out of date and need to be done away with...If a child is healthy that is all that matters no matter what they weigh...

Sorry still a little miffed
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November 1st, 2009, 01:54 PM
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Glad you figured it out!!! If his rash isn't better yet you can also sprinkle corn starch all over his diaper area. That will help pull the moisture that can make the rash worse out...urine, sweat, etc. and put vaseline on a few minutes later to seal everything out from then on...it really helps. Danny used to have that type of reaction all the time to carrots before we figured out what it was. Hope he is feeling better by now!!!

ETA: Pedi's are definitely my least favorite doctor. Maybe it is becuase he switched 2 times before he went to this one. His obvious symptoms are all diminished now and I think his ped thinks I am nuts that he has three specialists that he sees on a regular basis....they aren't worried about is weight at all and he hasn't gained anything and has actually lost a bit since 04/2009 and is not growing taller either...GRRR!!!

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