Diaper rash after starting whole milk

Tiffany - posted on 01/01/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have recently switched from half formula/half milk to just milk and my daughter has had a diaper rash that just won't go away. Not sure if there is a connection. Has anyone else experienced this with their child?

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My 16 month old daughter is allergic to milk and breaks out in a rash all over her lil body but mainly in her diaper area! My doctor recommended using a follow-up formula for babies 6 - 18 months and she hasn't had any problems but....it's super expensive! Ugh! I've tried several times to transition her on to milk and each time within 12 hours she has the rash which takes days to go away......my doctor told me just to keep tryin every couple months and in the meantime besides the extra expense the formula does the trick! Any suggestions on what I should do if this problem persists? I've given her SOY milk but I've been told that it's very high in estrogen and isn't the best alternative???

Brenda - posted on 01/21/2010

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Feel the rash. If it is not flat and smooth, it is likely a yeast infection. Nystatin ointment is awesome for this. You get it from your pediatrician.

Sunrise - posted on 01/07/2010

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I second the going back to formula and making it a gradual transition. If it is yeast or fungal based try putting an OTC antifungal cream on the rash just as you would butt cream.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2010

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This happened to us when I introduced yogurt. Susan's suggestion should work, but if it gets worse or doesn't go away, I would go see your Dr.



A persistent diaper rash may be a yeast infection, which is best treated with a medicated ointment.

Susan - posted on 01/02/2010

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Yes. We were told to go back to formula for a week, then do 25% milk for a week, 50%, the next week, and 75% the following week. Apparently his system needed extra time to adjust. I thought we were going to have to give up on milk but this seemed to work. However, we have a new persistant diaper rash which I don't think is food, so that is what I'm researching tonight. Good luck!

Joanne - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have not experienced this, but my best guess would be the diaper rash is caused by the change in bowel movement that accompanies a switch to milk. To get the rash to go away, give her a bath daily, and let her run around naked for a few minutes to dry out. Balmex seems to be the best diaper cream, and it should be applied at least 3xs a day.

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