can a diaper rash mean a food allergy?

Nicole - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I've been feeding my 6 month old solid foods for about a month now. I've been giving him one new food every 2-3 days to check for allergies, as recommended. Since he's been eating the solid food, his poop has been changing: it went from kinda loose from just breastfeeding to kinda pasty when he first started the solids and now it's kind of like how grown up poop is (gross, I know, sorry!). But I've noticed for the past few days he's only been going a little a few times a day instead of one big load once a day, and the little bit is kinda taking the shape of his butt, lol! But I also notice that he's kind of red where the poop is and this happened around the same time I introduced a new food (lima beans). I'm thinking his skin may just be irritated by the poop, because lima beans aren't acidic, I don't see how they would cause a reaction. And he's fine otherwise. I change him about every 2 hours and check his diaper whenever I hear him grunting or "tooting" a lot so it's not like he sits in a dirty diaper all day. And I do put stuff on him when he goes down for the night since he sleeps through the night. What do y'all think: is his skin just irritated or could it be a reaction to something he's eating?

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Laura - posted on 06/03/2009

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Given you're not giving him anything acidic (which was my 1st thought when I saw the topic) I think it's just normal irritation. As long as you're keeping ointment on it to shield his skin from further irritation, and as long as it doesn't get worse, I wouldn't worry too much about it. If his stools turn rock hard and he has trouble having bowel movements, consider adding small amounts of yogurt to his diet. Helped wonders when my son was a baby. He didn't have the bacteria in his stomach to properly digest a lot of foods and the yogurt had that bacteria.

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Cindy - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi Nicole, since your baby is so young, try not to change the food too frequently. I'm Asian and although I think that our culture are different, when it comes to baby, it should basically be the same. Try sticking to one change first, see his stools and then only decide if it is right for him, I guess if it was me, should at least stick to this for at least a few months to see if there is a reaction. Regards.

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