Sunday, October 28, 2012
Weet-bix Bites. Their words, not mine.
Whatever food additive it is that makes L susceptible to seizures is in Weet-bix Bites, Wild Berry flavor.
The frustrating back-story of how he got them doesn't matter, but at least we're getting closer to narrowing down the culprit. He didn't actually have a seizure, but he had the closest near-miss you could imagine. He managed a breath at the last possible second. (Weirdly, later in the day he got a nosebleed out of nowhere. It could just be a fluke, but it's never happened before. I wanted to make a note of it, just in case it ever happens again.)
The ingredients listed on their website are:
Wholegrain wheat (71%), sugar, berry purees (3%) (strawberry, blackcurrant, raspberry and blueberry), invert sugar, humectant (glycerol), honey, minerals (phosphate of calcium, iron), salt, wheat fibre, flavours, barley malt extract, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulators (296), vitamins (niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, folate).
The thing that jumps out at me automatically is the acidity regulator (e296). I did a quick google search and found several sites listing e296 as dangerous for infants and young children. Of course, "flavours" could mean anything, so that could be it, too. I emailed the company asking if they could clarify what "flavors" means in this product. I'm not holding my breath, but I do have my fingers crossed that they might provide us with a little more information. Of course it could be any of those vitamins, or minerals, or something else that goes unlisted on the package. But at least it's a clue.
It is worth mentioning that L used to eat this cereal all the time. He hasn't had it since we changed his diet, but before that, it was a staple in our house since Miles started eating cereal.