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Blue Bell recall: What parents need to know

Mispackaged box cause for concern for kids with soy and wheat allergies, celiac disease

Blue Bell has issued a voluntary recall of mispackaged Rocky Road ice cream pints that actually contain Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream.

You can read more on the FDA report from earlier today: It should be fairly easy to distinguish as the containers have “a Rocky Road pint with a Cookies 'n Cream lid, and contain Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream.” They also will contain Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream and not Rocky Road, which should be hard to miss.

This mixup might be important for families with soy and wheat allergies which are contained in the Cookies ‘n Cream variety but not Rocky Road. Parents of children or adults with celiac disease should also be aware.

Children with soy and wheat allergies who ingest these substances present similar to other food allergies. Symptoms might start as itching around the mouth or hives which is a large, red and circular rash that covers the whole body.

Children with celiac disease who ingest gluten (which is present in wheat) can have with a wide variety of symptoms. These might include symptoms of belly pain, bloating, vomiting or diarrhea. Other issues that can be attributed to celiac disease are fatigue and behavioral changes or irritability. Other long term health consequences can result from untreated celiac disease.

If you have any of the mis-packaged product, you can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

About the author

Justin Smith is a pediatrician and the Medical Advisor for Digital Health for Cook Children's in Ft. Worth, TX. He has an active community on both Facebook and Twitter as @TheDocSmitty and writes weekly for Cook Children's His interest in communications started when he realized that his parents were relying more on the internet for medical information. He believes that strategic use of social media and technology by pediatricians to connect with families can deepen their relationship and provide a new level of convenience for both of their busy lifestyles. Dr. Smith’s innovative pediatric clinic, a pediatric clinic “designed by you,” is set to open in Trophy Club in the Fall of 2016.

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