What is Allergy Related Diaper Rash

Allergy-related diaper rash is the result of a skin reaction to food, drink, or physical illness manifested in the groin area. This is different from ordinary diaper rash, which can be caused by infrequent diaper changes or as the start of a yeast infection. With both types, however, a rash is present on the folds of skin by the groin, genitals, buttocks, anus, belly, or even legs.

Allergy-related diaper rashes are common in young children, when being introduced to table foods and drinks. Acidic foods like tomatoes or peaches are harsher or a baby’s digestive system, and the presentation of a rash might be reason to try the food or drink again at a later time. A rash can also develop as a result of having a reaction to medicine, lotions, soaps, the onset of generalized sensitive skin, or specific conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, and may be occupanied by vomiting, itching, breathing problems, nasal congestion, or swelling of the throat. Having an allergy-related diaper rash in infancy does not mean a lifelong allergy to a particular food or beverage, nor does it happen from the first time a child partakes of it. In fact, many food allergies happen after prolonged exposure, and many children can outgrow an allergy by school age. It all depends on the child and the severity of the symptoms.

As soon as a rash is discovered, clean the area with soap and water (refraining from using baby wipes, as those can sting on raw skin), allow the area to air-dry (allow baby to go diaper-less for as much as you are able), and apply diaper cream or a dusting of cornstarch. If needed, you can also apply calamine lotion, but only after consulting with your child’s pediatrician. Take note of all food, beverages, medications, detergents, or other materials or products that might have come in contact with the skin. Even diapers and wipes are to be viewed as potential irritants. Eliminate each source for a week at a time per source, to see if symptoms lessen or persist. Indicate any changes in bowel or urine input and appearance, or if any other symptoms develop.

Having one diaper rash is not cause for alarm, however. A progressively worse rash combined with other symptoms, however, would definitely be worth mentioning to the doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Remember, an allergy can happen at any time, not just in childhood. Even adults can develop allergies to various things in the environment or diet much later in life.