Avoid the Sweet And Acid Forming Foods
Of all the foods in your diet or your baby’s, you will find that it will be the sweet and acidic foods that are most often to be the likely culprits when it comes to diaper rash. Should a diaper rash develop, here is a list of the most common acidic foods which you may wish to exclude from your diet if you breast feed exclusively, or from the baby’s diet:
- Citrus fruits and juices. Lemon should be OK as this is alkaline.
- Tomatoes and tomato products like spaghetti and tomato sauce.
- Tart apples, plums and peaches
- Dried fruits like sultanas, raisins, dates, figs, apricots, etc.
- Do not drink alcohol if you breastfeed, especially if baby has a diaper rash!
- Eat less red meat, choosing fish and chicken temporarily instead.
Diaper rash is often triggered by frequent, loose stools, so it is a good idea to avoid the foods that can potentially cause diarrhea, these may well be the foods that you (if you breastfeed) or your baby are allergic to.
Do you have a history of allergies, hay fever, asthma or eczema? Then you will want to go on an elimination diet for a few weeks to determine whether or not these particular foods are the cause of your baby’s diaper rash.
If you breastfeed, you may want to adopt my Hypo-Allergenic Diet approach for a few weeks to see if the baby is sensitive to any foods you may be consuming. This is particularly important if the diaper rash is recurring and you just can’t find the cause. It is important to remember that your child will become increasingly sensitive to allergens in foods from taking antibiotics, and any child who has been on an antibiotic will need extensive digestive repair to avoid becoming allergic to a food.
The most common food allergies which may be affecting your baby include:
- Dairy products except for yogurt. (Milk is the most common allergy)
- Wheat /gluten
- Bananas, pineapple
- Fish (rare but certainly possible)
How do you know if the diaper rash has its origin in a food allergy? You will know by the elimination of any suspect foods for about seven to ten days. I have found that a red circle or ring around the child’s anus is a good indication of a food allergy, especially if the baby draws his or her legs up to the abdomen indicating pain or cramps. Sometimes you may be dealing with food intolerance and not a true food allergy; again, this can be easily determined by a food withdrawal. See your health care professional if you are worried about any possible reactions to foods.