August 22, 2004

A Trail Behind Her

We may not know where Kate is headed off to next, but we almost always know where she's been. Just look for the mess. From the diapers on her changing table shelves to every little item in her diaper bag, she loves to empty everything. Now we just need to work on teaching her how to clean up after herself. These are a few shot of her working her magic on her changing table as well as taking a moment to smile for the camera as she does some damage on her diaper bag. How can you get upset at that cute little face?

Speaking of that little face...every picture I've taking of Kate lately shows her with a little yellow nose. For awhile I was giving Ken a hard time for not giving her a good cleaning during bathtime. But after these pictures I noticed she was yellow in other places, like her neck, armpits, hands and feet. Surely she couldn't be smearing her food and staining all of these body parts.

After a little research I found out that Kate has carotenemia. In summary, it means she has too much carotene in her system. It is completely benign and happens often in infants and young children who eat too much carotene-rich foods, like broccoli, carrots, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, apples, oranges, peaches, prunes, tomatoes, egg yolks, milk and yellow corn. And it's no wonder my little pumpkin turned yellow with all of the Vitamin A found in Stage 3 baby food dinners. Her favorites -- Beech-Nut Turkey Rice Dinner and Beech-Nut Macaroni & Beef Dinner -- each respectively provide 450% and 60% of her daily recommended allowance of Vitamin A. If she had one for lunch and one for dinner that would be a whopping 510%.

So if it's not blue teeth to cause worry, then it's a yellow nose. Her yellow-orange skin may not look too attractive right now, but at least we know that it's not dangerous and that Kate is definitely eating her vegetables. Maybe our little bunny will just grown up to have some really good eyesight.
Posted by Jean-Marie at August 22, 2004 09:14 PM
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Hi. I just came upon your website after googling "yellow nose" and "vitamin." Lately I have noticed, particularly in photos, that my 11 month old son's nose looked yellow. I had suspected it had something to do with his diet of babyfood-- very fruit and veggie rich, but when a friend commented about it in a picture, I began to look more closely at the labels to his baby food and found carrots in almost all of the meals labeled "dinner." I was glad to find that another mom noticed the same thing. Now, I have tried to pick the entree without carrots for at least one meal a day, but you would think the baby food makers sould realize they are over doing with the carotene. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for posting that story about your daughter, now I know I am not the only mom with a yellow nosed baby! Sincerely Hillary Posted by: Hillary at July 31, 2006 01:13 AM
I would also like to thank you for making me aware of the cause of my 9 month old son's "yellow" nose. I also noticed it in photos, and, on reflection, he eats sweet potatoes daily, sometimes twice daily. I was really concerned, and now you have alleviated that. Thank you! Posted by: Leah at October 24, 2006 08:07 PM
My son too was showing a YELLOW doctor noticed it at his 9 and 12 month check up, but didn't seem concerned. Then I found your information on the internet; I have now changed his diet (he too was eating lots of sweet potato, squash and carrots). Posted by: Julie at December 30, 2006 02:07 PM
I agree with the rest I only noticed it in pictures and my daughters favourites are sweet potatoe and Butternut Squash! Thanks for the reassurance! Posted by: Colleen at February 1, 2008 01:32 PM
I too am the mother of a yellow nosed baby, but of course I got told I was imagining it from my health nurse and that it was reflections off indoor lights! I give my little man mixed vegies that I premake and freeze, so his vege diet stays same all week.... time to diversify, but I'm not quite sure how too! Any ideas or menus! Posted by: Kate at February 4, 2008 12:50 AM
whew what a relief!!! thank you so much for posting and i am glad i came upon it! i never noticed in my 11 month old of how yellow and orange he was until like many others in photos his lil nose was just bright. i thought surely he couldnt have jaundice at this age!!! Thank u again Posted by: angela at May 30, 2008 01:58 AM
So that is the yellow nose syndrome. You are right about the baby food all yellow/orange food. I'm glad we are not the only ones. I knew it could not be jaundice she gets plenty of sunlight but of course it is the food. Thanks! Posted by: Tara Morand at July 4, 2008 01:37 PM
My son is also a yellow nose baby, he's nine months old now and his favorite foods are butternut squash, carrots and sweet potato. I was getting very worried when I noticed in a photo that his nose is quite yellow. He is also a little yellow around his neck. I'll cut back on the squash! Thanks! Posted by: nathalie at July 7, 2008 09:56 AM
Many Thanks for your info. Was getting slightly concerned too about my 7month old son Ben. Every photo with yellow nose. Thanks for making me feel much better and I will definately alternate his dinners abit now. Posted by: viv coventry at August 6, 2008 04:45 AM
When my son was 9 months old, we started to notice he was a little yellow (easiest to see around the nose), I asked the Dr. and he said it wasn't jaundice b/c the whites of his eyes weren't yellow, even though his overall skin tone was. By 11 months, he was yellow all over (startling appearance in photos!) and I had the Dr. test his liver just to make sure he was OK, and he was. But, why was he so yellow? I looked into it a little online (I never came across this site until today) and heard about the carotene turning people orange/yellow. So, I looked at his foods. He was eating Gerber 3rd foods, all of which contain carrots for the first or second ingredients listed (and therefore were the biggest percentages). I cut him to only green veggies (peas, spinach, greenbeans) for several months and he is much better. Especially now that he eats regular table food and much more variety, so he occasionally has sweet potatoes and carrots. He's 22 months now, and even with those diet changes is still a hint of yellow to his skin tone in pictures, but he is much much better. In fact, we hadn't seen the Dr. for the better part of a year (b/c my husband is deployed and we went to stay with family out of state), but last time he saw my son he commented that his skin looked better. I told him that I had stopped feeding him foods high in the carotene, and he foudn that very interesting. At any rate, it makes me feel better that I'm not the only one out there with a yellow/orange nosed/skin toned baby. I think we should get together and petition the baby food makers to make a little more variety in their products. I mean, just try searching for foods WITHOUT the carrots. It leaves their diet of baby foods very limited. They even put carrot in some of the juices for heaven's sake!!! Posted by: Lee at September 10, 2008 11:47 PM
I am soo glad I found this your website. My son is 9mo old and he too has had a yellow nose in every pic that I have taken for about 3-4 months now. I was starting to get worried. My son's photos look exactly like the photos on your site. Thank you again! Posted by: charley at December 26, 2008 12:06 AM
I am happy that I read this website too. What a relief! My daughter is 14 months and her skin is yellow-- her nose and even the arches of her feet. I was giving her pureed veggies twice per day with lots of carrots and also I started adding pumpkin from the can. I have cut off carrots and pumpkin for a week but she's still yellow. I guess I have to wait more to see the change! Thank you and happy new year! Posted by: Tone at December 26, 2008 03:08 PM
I am happy that I read this website too. What a relief! My daughter is 14 months and her skin is yellow-- her nose and even the arches of her feet. I was giving her pureed veggies twice per day with lots of carrots and also I started adding pumpkin from the can. I have cut off carrots and pumpkin for a week but she's still yellow. I guess I have to wait more to see the change! Thank you and happy new year! Posted by: Tone at December 26, 2008 03:09 PM
thank you so much for posting this on your website!!!!!! I thought my daughter might have something wrong with her liver. But you are right, there are carrots in everything!!!! Posted by: Amy at January 2, 2009 07:29 PM
Thank you ladies for all your stories, just this week my husband and I have noticed in the pictures our 9 month old daughters nose is very yellow...and we have her specialist appt coming up (she was a premie)and I was going to ask him, but thought I would try googling it first and came across this site!! I am going to go through our cupboards now to look at all her food! Thanks again everyone!! Posted by: Marsha at January 28, 2009 11:31 AM
Hi everyone, thank goodness I found your comments, just this afternoon I took my little boy to the doctors as I've been really worried about his little yellow nose, he's 5 months old and was starting to worry it could be something serious. GP was unsure and said to keep an eye (not really very helpful) sounds to me like the same problem, too many carrots in the baby food. Phew. Jo Posted by: Joanne at February 3, 2009 02:10 PM
thankyou so much i was going crazy i thought of jaundice know i get it and just didnt relize the baby foods thankyou all for posting this info im resting easy now Posted by: ann melvin at April 27, 2009 07:32 PM
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