Mom worried at alarming rash on daughter’s leg. But doctor doesn’t figure it out until dad says this

She immediately warns other parents.
March 9, 2018 2:54 pm Last Updated: March 12, 2018 1:05 pm

For most of us, cereal is a staple foodwe eat it for breakfast almost every morning. However, one worried mother’s Facebook post might have you double-checking the ingredient list on your cereal boxes.

Misty Lyn became concerned after an alarming rash appeared on her daughter Harper’s leg. Once she determined the cause, Lyn immediately took to Facebook to warn other parents.

After doing some research, Lyn concluded that the rash was caused by a new cereal Harper was eating.

Along with pictures of her baby girl’s irritated leg, she shared what she found.

Had to take Harper to the doctors today. Had no clue what gave her this rash until Steve told me that she had Applejacks cereal for the first time this morning. Poor girl! Did more research on it and this is what I found … Apple Jacks has the most popular food dyes known to cause behavioral problems in children; yellow 6, blue 1, red 40 and BHT. These food dyes are now illegal in Europe, but perfectly acceptable in America. BHT is a common stabilizer in pesticides, gasoline, lubricants, and soaps, but are also found in Apple Jacks. Yellow 6 has been linked to tumors in lab mice and red 40 has been known to cause severe allergic reactions.
(Misty Lyn/Facebook via Useful Tips For Home)

While Lyn’s original Facebook post is no longer available to view, it was shared over 3,000 times.

It’s easy to dismiss Lyn’s post as an overreacting parent, but research shows there’s truth behind what she says.

Here’s the Apple Jack’s ingredient list, as provided by the official Kellogg’s website.

While the food dyes Lyn points out in her post are approved by the Food and Drug Administration, others are more wary.

According to, Yellow #6 can lead to many problems in children; from stomach aches to hives, allergies, hyperactivity, mood swings and headaches.

Yellow #6 is reportedly banned in Norway and Austria.


Blue #1 can also be harmfulso much so, that the FDA has asked doctors to stop adding it to enteral feedings, after patients reportedly died from it. It can also cause metabolic acidosis and refractory hypotension.

Additionally, Red #40 has been found to have possible side effects that include headaches, hyperactivity, decreased concentration, and sleep disturbances.

BHT isn’t a food dye, but rather an antioxidant that works as a preservative.  According to the FDA, it’s safe in small amounts. Chemical & Engineering News claims that there is “no scientific evidence that BHT is harmful in the amounts used in packaged food.”

It’s worth noting that other large companies, such as General Mills, have stopped using BHT in their cereals.

Many may say that parents like Lyn are being overprotective, and that these concerns are exaggerated. However, sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to small children.