Diaper rash is all too common in infants. Diaper rash appears as an irritated area on the baby’s skin. There may be pink or red bumps, or it may appear as red marks. In some cases, diaper rash may even look like poison oak. Diaper rash can be caused by a variety of things. In some cases, diaper rash can even be caused by certain foods.
Before deciding whether your baby’s diaper rash was caused by eating a certain food, however, it is important to rule out the other possible causes of diaper rash. In many cases, diaper rash is going to be caused just by friction. This will typically happen in the areas of the diaper that have elastic. So, the thigh areas and the waist area tend to be where this sort of diaper rash occurs. In other cases, diaper rash may be caused by irritants. This can happen when the baby goes too long without a diaper change. Prolonged exposure to urine or feces can irritate your baby’s skin. If none of these things seems to be the case, it may be that your baby’s diaper rash was caused by certain foods.
Typically, food will only cause diaper rash if your child has an allergic reaction to that certain food. In most cases, if an infant has an allergic reaction to food, you will probably be able to see other signs. It may be, for example, that the baby breaks out elsewhere on the skin. It may be that your baby’s tummy is upset. An allergic reaction to certain foods for an infant can sometimes be hard to diagnose. If you believe that your baby may have developed diaper rash as a result of eating certain foods, you should speak with your health care provider. Being able to identify the possible food allergy will save your baby and you a great deal of frustration, both in terms of diaper rash and in the other ways that a food allergy will affect a baby.
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