Diaper rash and babies go hand in hand. When your little one’s bottom does become red and inflamed, no doubt will cause great discomfort and will make diaper changing time very miserable for you both. There is ways in which you can help your little one from getting nappy rash by controlling and knowing which foods do create nappy rash.
Can I Give My Baby Diaper Rash? Answer: Yes
It is possible to give your baby diaper rash. Here we have some common reasons why babies will acquire nappy rash due to many reasons such as a change in diaper or baby wipe brands especially if you do switch to a brand that does contain lots of dye or perfume. Teething can cause nappy rash. A fungal or yeast infection can also cause diaper rash.
Chafing from the diaper and antibiotics, most times a rash will appear after a baby has been given antibiotics, it can be prevented by giving your baby yoghurt to help replenish the helpful bacteria in the gut.
More so some of the most common causes of diaper rash in babies is from around 4 – 6 months onwards as the introduction of solid foods and certain foods in particular will cause diaper rash. If your little one is suffering from a diaper rash and you are quite sure that none of the above causes are responsible for it then do consider the diet of your little one.
What you should take note of your baby diaper rash.
You should have the rash checked out by a doctor if you are unsure of its cause, particularly if it is very severe or persistent/worsening. It is particularly important to consult a medical professional if the rash involves any boils/blisters, spreads beyond the diaper area, discharges pus, or is accompanied by a fever.
Acidic foods can cause diaper rash.
So when you start your little one onto solid foods for the first time, the texture and composition of changes to the stools as may the frequency with which the baby passes them. These such factors alone can trigger a rash in some babies.
Acid foods are very often the cause of nappy rash to appear. Here we have some common acidic foods which you might want to exclude from baby’s diet should a rash continue to develop.
Citrus fruits and juices it is usually recommended that you do avoid these for at least the first year of babies life. If you do use them then do make sure that you do dilute with water. Tomatoes and tomato based products this also does include foods such as spaghetti sauce. Strawberries, pineapple, grapes, raisins, tart apples, tart plums and tart peaches.
Sensitivity to protein in foods can cause diaper rash.
Nappy rash can also be caused by a sensitivity to protein which is found in certain foods such as wheat, dairy, soy, legumes and beans. Therefore it is important to look out for signs of diaper rash if your baby has consumed any forms of protein.
In some cases, having a sensitivity to particular foods can cause a red circle around the anus rather than a widespread rash across the cheeks of your baby’s bottom. This could indicate to a food allergy, although not all diaper rashes are a response to certain foods will indicate a true allergy it may also indicate that your baby’s digestive system is unable to cope with any of those particular foods at that time. You should, of course, consult your doctor if you ever suspect that your baby is experiencing an allergic reaction to a particular food.
Foods that cause diarrhea can cause diaper rash.
Diaper rash may be triggered by frequent loose stools therefore it is a good idea to avoid the foods that do cause diarrhea such as dairy products except for yoghurt. Any cow milk based formula, apple juice, pear juice, cherry juice, apricots, peaches, pears, peas, prunes and plums. Other foods that can cause nappy rash include wheat cereals such as Weetabix, Cream of Wheat and foods that contain artificial sweeteners.
Tips for avoiding nappy rash as you introduce solids to your baby.
Follow the four day rule for any new foods that are introduced. If your baby gets a diaper rash then you will know which food is responsible for it. Introduce all new foods to baby a little at a time. This could also minimize any severity to a reaction. Do not introduce any new foods while your baby is suffering from an existing bout of diaper rash. You could make the problem even worse.
It is good to keep a food diary as you introduce new foods, that will help you keep on track of just what was introduced and when.If you find a particular food does trigger a diaper rash and there are no other signs of an allergy and the reaction is quite minor, do try and re introduce the food a few weeks later. If you find the reaction is severe or there are other signs of an allergy then do consult with your doctor before re introducing that specific food.
If you are breastfeeding your baby and a persistent diaper rash appears do try and eliminate the problem foods that have been mentioned in the lists above as it is worth looking into your own diet. It may be that your baby is reacting to those foods as they pass to him through your breast milk.
Three good ways to help clear your baby’s nappy rash.
Leave the nappy off and expose his sore bottom to the air as often as possible. It really does make a huge difference to the time it takes the rash to heal. Do use a suitable barrier or diaper rash cream. If you’re breastfeeding, try applying breast milk directly to baby’s bottom! Does sound strange but it is noted that breast milk is very versatile and many Mummies (us included) swear by this method!
Simply being aware that your baby could have an allergy to certain foods, or that it cannot handle certain foods that are too acidic can help you eliminate any problems that they could be experiencing with diaper rash. So do take note next time your baby does get diaper rash, and see what it could be in relation to. If it is related to food then you will know what to do, simple eliminate it from its diet.