Apparently Isis has an issue with cinnamon. We started putting it in her rice cereal because she liked it a lot better with it in there! We never noticed any sort of allergy problem. No change in breathing, BMs, tummy trouble or anything, but we started to notice this faint pink around her mouth after she'd eat it. We didn't think a lot of it because the food gets all over her anyway, we just thought maybe it was something about the way she was eating. Then, the other day, we bought some new cinnamon because we ran out of our old. It was sort-of old anyway. I mean, still fine in terms of being okay to eat, just not as potent as new cinnamon. Well, the new cinnamon caused problems. Still no tummy or BM changes, but the faint pink around her mouth got more red & went down her neck a little - it went anywhere that the cinnamon had touched - her hands, arms, etc. Here's a picture, although it's kinda hard to see - I took this with my iPhone.
But we started looking it up & called some people & apparently cinnamon is a really common skin irritant for babies because their skin is more sensitive. Almost all of the ones who it bothers as babies grow out of it & it's not technically an allergy because it doesn't bother them inside like a food allergy, just topical, like it burns their skin a little. The way it was described to me was like a citric acid kind of thing. I had never heard of that & had no idea that cinnamon could do that!!
Needless to say, for right now, we aren't putting cinnamon in anything she's eating
Have any of you encountered this problem?
What kind of food allergies or topical irritants have you come across with your kids?