Saturday, November 19, 2011

Monkey's first foods: Oat Cereal and Butternut Squash

November 1st 2011 - We gave monkey oat cereal for the first time today. Before that she had just been eating rice cereal. Unfortunately after a day or so she started getting patches of really dried rashy skin and also lots of red dots all over her back. The only new thing that we had tried was the oat cereal so we reverted back to rice and only gave her other food that she had already tried to see if it was the oats that was causing it. 

After a week or so there was no change, so we pretty much ruled out oat cereal being the cause. Instead we looked to baby eczema information on the internet. Chris said that he remembered our pediatrician that we were taking her to before we found a family doctor said that we might have to watch for that because she might have a touch of it. I don't remember him saying that at all but I am sure I was worrying about other things like was she eating enough, did she weigh enough, was she growing enough.

All the information we found pretty much points to that and we followed some of the suggestions like keep bath water not to hot, bath baby ever few days instead of every day, use gentle laundry detergent, make sure her skin is moisturized etc. It seems to have helped so that is a relief. We do have a weight check near the end of December so we will ask the nurse or doctor about it then. It doesn't seem to bother her at all so that is a relief to me.

She ate the oat cereal up though no complaints :) Such a good little eater!
November 19th 2011 - We gave her butternut squash. She has had squash before but this one said butternut on the jar. For the sake of logging her new foods I decided to include it just in case there was a difference. The other jar could have been butternut squash for all I knew but it was such a long time ago that she tried it and I only wrote down squash so who knows. :) Plus any picture of monkey is just so cute. At least we think so.

Food face!


  1. If its eczema I am so sorry. My son has it and he has it bad. We got the run around from the doctors at first. We were told baby acne, then we were told craddle cap that spread and then after I took my son to the ER cuz it had blistered and oozed all over his head and his face was swollen they said sure enough it is eczema. Well I had been trying to tell them this from the beginning. He had pretty much had it from day one. what I do , I buy the coritizon 10 eczema lotion found in the pharmacy, Mineral oil and use fragrance free laundry det. and dryer sheets on all of our clothes. He breaks out even just rubbing up on furniture. Warm baths and only every other day or every two days, no soaps or shampoos, just a long soak in the tub. I dont dry him off. I put the mineral oil or lotion on him while he is wet. I usually use the oil after the bath but the next morning the lotion. then apply the oil throughout the day. I also have prescription cream for the really bad spots. The doctor did tell us that it gets worse in the winter cuz of the heaters being used. Good luck and I hope I helped you with some pointers on how to handle it.

  2. aww your poor little guy! I hope it clears up soon for you and him! Thank you so much for the suggestions! It's nice to hear what works for someone going through it as well. Her spots aren't super bad yet and they seem to get better then get a bit worse again. I hope we just caught on that that was what it is so that it doesn't get worse. It's so hard to see them go through stuff like that especially when they can't tell us exactly what they are feeling! Thanks again :)


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