This baby ate strawberries. You’ll never believe what happened next.

by Veronica on March 20, 2014

in Evelyn, Food-Issues

YOU GUYS. The upworthy headlines drive me crazy. So crazy of course I had to use one, because IRONY. Or something.

(This isn’t ironic, it’s just annoying.)

Yesterday was supermarket day and Coles had strawberries on special. When we got home, I shared the strawberries with Evelyn and YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.

Oh wait, yes you will. Because of course she’s allergic to strawberries suddenly.



I put her to bed shortly after these photos. 45 minutes later she was awake, screaming, with a sore tummy and a even splotchier face. No breathing problems or swelling though, so thank god for small mercies.

After panadol, cuddles and lots of love, she let me put some soothing cream on the angriest of the red bits.

Strawberry allergy. Grumble grumble grumble.

She had a bad night and today seems like her tummy is still causing a bit of pain, but the redness has eased, leaving behind a big eczema flare up.

On the upside, strawberries are much easier to avoid than peanuts or eggs.

And she’ll probably grow out of it.

And it’s not that big a deal in the scheme of things.

WackyLisa March 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

I feel for you. Thanks to the MCAD that is common in people with EDS I can no longer eat strawberries. You are right that they’re pretty easy to avoid. Still, poor kid.

Beth March 21, 2014 at 10:18 am

Aww poor wee kid. Is she OK with cucumber? I know a few people who are allergic to both, and only those things.

Eccentricess March 22, 2014 at 7:30 am

Strawberries are easy to avoid. I’ve only had two incidences where Hidden Strawberries Attack.

The things to be careful of are cakes, so often there is strawberry jam in them, biscuits, almost any bakery deliciousness. Our local bakery makes mini lamingtons with no nasty cream or jam, so I get my lamington fix. (Don’t suggest I bake them – some people have baking skills and some people have been asked to never bake again)

Interestingly enough, strawberries smell horrific to me, so I have that warning as scents waft to my nose. Teach Evelyn how they smell and it will help her avoid them forever more. 🙂

B March 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

Strawberries and apricots are biologically linked. Or so my pedi tells me after my son (allergic to strawberries) eats an apricot and breaks out in hives. So beware of those as well!

Veronica March 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

Thank you! That’s handy to know. We did have some apricots earlier in the year and I can’t *remember* a reaction, but this is also the first strawberry reaction I’ve seen. No apricots about here until Summer hits again, so we’ll watch her closely.

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