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I think I may have figured out why DS keeps having vomiting and diarrhea. He has been getting it off and on now for a little over 3 weeks, and when he does, he doesn't act sick in any way. His body just gets rid of whatever the offending thing is, and he is on his way. The diarrhea usually lasts for 6-12 hours, and the vomiting lasts about an hour or so with 1 or 2 bouts.<br><br>
Yesterday, we went strawberry picking, and DS ate a bunch. He probably had a half pint or so total, maybe a bit more. About 8 hours later (middle of the night), he woke up vomiting. He then had three diarrhea diapers in a row over the course of a half hour or so.<br><br>
I realized that his diarrhea and vomiting have coincided with strawberry season almost exactly. I am feeling like this is most likely what the culprit is. I am wondering why he doesn't vomit or have diarrhea sooner after eating them though. When he does, nothing that he produces is even vaguely recognizable, so I can't really be absolutely positive that it is the strawberries.<br><br>
When I googled strawberry allergy, it did say that vomiting and diarrhea are indicators of a "severe" allergy, which makes me a little nervous. I was planning on letting DS recovering today and in a few days, feeding a bunch of strawberries to see if the reaction happened again just to confirm it. Now I am a little scared to do so.<br><br>
Has anyone had any experience with strawberry allergies, or a reaction that included vomiting and diarrhea? How did you you deal with it? What is the easiest way to confirm that they are the real culprit without putting DS in danger?<br><br>
I will be so sad if they really are what is causing this, because he absolutely LOVES them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I am also sort of hoping that they are, because I would love to get to the bottom of this.
 

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Strawberries are a really common allergen, especially for small children. My dd is (was? I haven't tested her in a while) allergic them, too. She got eczema and diarrhea with exposure.
 

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Yup. Strawberries are considered a high allergen food and it is recommended by many to not introduce strawberries until 2 or 3 years old. Since your LO isn't even 18 months I would stop them completely and try again around age 3. Since you seem to know there is a reaction happening you need to avoid them completely for quite some time before trying to reintroduce. BTW, I would not "trial" them again - it seems pretty clear to me that the strawberries are the culprit from the things you wrote.
 

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Should I avoid eating them as well? I have 6 quarts in my freezer right now, and 2 more in the fridge. I just ate a bunch with lunch (DS did not see me eating them, thankfully). Will it go through to my milk? Yikes, I didn't really think about that as I was eating them!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Should I avoid eating them as well? I have 6 quarts in my freezer right now, and 2 more in the fridge. I just ate a bunch with lunch (DS did not see me eating them, thankfully). Will it go through to my milk? Yikes, I didn't really think about that as I was eating them!</div>
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Absolutely. Your BF child "eats" everything you do and so if your LO needs to avoid something so do you.<br><br><br>
ETA: if your LO had never been given strawberries directly and never responded to them through your milk I, personally, would have said it is fine for you to eat them - just like many BF mamas eat peanut butter, shellfish, dairy, eggs, etc. All high allergens but not an automatic thing that an EBF mom needs to avoid these like the plague. BUT, since your LO has shown a strong reaction you must completely avoid them for both of you.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> I can definitely give them up, but I am so sad. They are by far my favorite part of summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
What about other berries?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> I can definitely give them up, but I am so sad. They are by far my favorite part of summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
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Yep - it sucks losing something from your diet! Other berries should be fine although you should be more observant at least for a while for any odd symptoms after eating them.
 

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I'm skeptical that you need to avoid strawberries altogether. Your bf child does not "eat" everything you do. Your body processes and filters(if you will) much of it.<br><br>
I'd look for more info. It may be that you only need to stop for a few weeks and then reintroduce a few and see if your lo responds.
 

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You might look at the other berries that are in the same family. I think raspberries are in that family... Google food families, and the first link has a good list of the families. It doesn't necessarily mean that you will be allergic to every member of the family, but it's possible.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> I can definitely give them up, but I am so sad. They are by far my favorite part of summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
What about other berries?</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm skeptical that you need to avoid strawberries altogether. Your bf child does not "eat" everything you do. Your body processes and filters(if you will) much of it.<br><br>
I'd look for more info. It may be that you only need to stop for a few weeks and then reintroduce a few and see if your lo responds.</div>
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Unless you have leaky gut. Most of us on this board have babies that react to foods through our milk because of that.
 

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Strawberries are in the rose family which includes blackberries, boysenberries, dewberries, raspberries, loganberries and youngberries, as well as apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums/prunes and almonds. Also in this family are apples and pears.<br>
Personally, I cut out strawberries for 7 months and then trialled them through bm. DS2 then didn't have them for an additional 4 months after passing his bm trial. However, he was reacting to them <i>through bm</i> with really horrible poop problems. He didn't react to any of the other fruits in the family- except almonds. I took out all tree nuts (reacted to walnuts and almonds), coconut, peanuts and strawberries.<br>
He seems fine now with me eating anything. He also eats strawberries himself now and eats some coconut milk in baked goods (he gets little bites of baked goods from my plate).<br>
I'd say take them out for a while- total avoidance. If you doubt that he reacts to them through bm, trial them that way after a couple of weeks but not directly. Then watch for the next 48 hours to see if he reacts. Don't assume if he doesn't react through bm that he won't react to them directly though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm skeptical that you need to avoid strawberries altogether. Your bf child does not "eat" everything you do. Your body processes and filters(if you will) much of it.<br><br>
I'd look for more info. It may be that you only need to stop for a few weeks and then reintroduce a few and see if your lo responds.</div>
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IMO this is a potentially dangerous statement you have made. Children who nurse absolutely do eat what their mothers eat - that's why there are countless numbers of mamas who are on elimination diets - to help relieve symptoms in their children. Of course, in a healthy mother, the proteins are completely broken down and the child's body should have an easy time digesting the milk no matter what the mother eats. But when there is a proven/observed reaction to a food and a BF mother continues to eat that food it seems selfish and silly (sorry, JMHO) to knowingly expose a child to an allergen (or "intollerant") so a person doesn't have to face cutting it out of their own diet. I also believe it is fairly widely accepted that when a person develops a food intollerance they should 100% remove that food from their diet for at least 6 months before attempting reintroduction. Since strawberry is a high allergen that is often not introduced until 2-3 years anyway I would certainly extend this 6 month waiting period until the child is 3 just to be on the safe side. No sense in giving oneself the pleasure of a desired food at the expense of the child, yk? JM2C
 

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Ok, well no reaction to the berries that I ate yesterday so far, thankfully. I am ok with cutting them out right now, especially since it is the end of the season anyway. I would absolutely cut whatever I needed out of our diets in order for DS to be healthy, it is just sad to lose a favorite food. That doesn't mean I can't do it, just that I am sad about it. I think that is a pretty normal reaction.<br><br>
I am thinking I will wait until he is 3 before reintroducing them back into his diet, but I may try them in my diet again next season to see how he does with them in bm.<br><br>
The only hard part for me will be remembering to not get strawberry cereal bars or stawberry jam, or strawberry whatever. I tend to always choose strawberry "flavor" for anything that has fruit in it. I will just have to try to be extra diligent.<br><br>
I am not going to cut out all of the other things mentioned, but I will keep a close eye on him and if he reacts again, I will go back to that list first to figure it out.<br><br>
Thanks so much for all of the responses mamas!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, well no reaction to the berries that I ate yesterday so far, thankfully. I am ok with cutting them out right now, especially since it is the end of the season anyway. I would absolutely cut whatever I needed out of our diets in order for DS to be healthy, it is just sad to lose a favorite food. That doesn't mean I can't do it, just that I am sad about it. I think that is a pretty normal reaction.<br><br>
I am thinking I will wait until he is 3 before reintroducing them back into his diet, but I may try them in my diet again next season to see how he does with them in bm.<br><br>
The only hard part for me will be remembering to not get strawberry cereal bars or stawberry jam, or strawberry whatever. I tend to always choose strawberry "flavor" for anything that has fruit in it. I will just have to try to be extra diligent.<br><br>
I am not going to cut out all of the other things mentioned, but I will keep a close eye on him and if he reacts again, I will go back to that list first to figure it out.<br><br>
Thanks so much for all of the responses mamas!</div>
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Yes, we all went through/are still going through the sad phase. It is very emotionally difficult to remove a loved food from ones diet. It gets easier with time. Also, you WILL buy things with strawberry in them by accident <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> ...it happens to the best of us and then we kick ourselves but just move on, yk? Try to look on the bright side - you have so many other delicious summer fruits to pick from and hopefully strawberries will be allowed in the not so distant future again. Hugs.
 
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