Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Kinnie | 2008-12-12

Q.

Reaction to banana

Hi Doc
The last 2 evenings I have give my LB of 14 months half a banana to eat. He holds in his hand and chew on it. After he is finished and I wipe his mouth I have notice the skin around his mouth became pink/red and little swelled. It has a spotlike appearance and it seems that it is the places where his skin came in touch with the banana. It disappear afther a while. He don' t have any other reactions and have eaten Purity banana before. Is his skin just reacting to the banana or what? What do you think?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby is showing the first signs of a banana allergy. The reactions are likely to worsen. You must not give him any banana. He should not have any banana until he is at least 5 years old and then he should be tested for banana allergy first.You should have an antihistamine such as Zyrtec syrup at home in case he accidently eats banana.

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