How Your Baby’s Diet Can Cause Diaper Rash
Introducing solids to your little one is a major milestone. However, it can also sometimes cause major diaper rash. The reasoning is simple: their bowel movements can change in consistency, frequency and even the content. All of this can lead to some unwanted diaper rash, but here’s a few tips to keep in mind:
Changes in diet lead to changes in bowel movements—and that can lead to diaper rash.
- Acidic foods cause acidic poops. Foods high in acid content, such as tomato sauce or citrus fruits and juices, can irritate baby’s delicate skin. It is best to offer these foods sparingly.
- Avoid diarrhea triggers. There are a number of foods known to cause or increase the likeliness of diarrhea. Things like dairy, fruit juice, prunes and plums can be particularly problematic, so pay close attention when serving them or avoid them if necessary.
- Stay starchy. If diaper rash has already developed, or looks to be imminent, start feeding her more starchy foods, such as crackers, bread, pasta, rice or whole grain cereal. These will help prevent diarrhea, as well as help settle her stomach.
- Try the BRAT diet. A bland-food diet of Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast can offer the stomach a good ‘reset’ and an opportunity to calm down. Note that pediatricians recommend not staying on the BRAT diet for more than 24 hours.
- Go slow with dietary changes. Introduce new foods one at a time, and then pay attention for three or four days to see how your baby reacts. If a food is problematic now, just avoid it for the time being, and try it again when she’s a little older.
While diet isn’t the only diaper rash trigger, it can often be a complicating factor—especially if you already have a picky eater. Just take it one day at a time. Keep a close tab of the food you serve, mix it up as need be and consider using Balmex with every diaper changes as a diaper rash preventative. It may be a little tricky in the beginning, but you’ll soon figure out what foods are right for your little one.