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Tummy rash, food related?


Started my baby on foods (BLW) about a month ago at just over 6 months. Since we started, he’s had a rash on his stomach that comes and goes, can’t really find a pattern or specific food that is the cause. He doesn’t seem to itch or be bothered and the pediatrician said it was just sensitive skin. I put aquaphor on it daily. I’m worried this is just the beginning of some sort of allergy (like I mentioned, started as soon as we introduced food) but he really doesn’t eat too much of the food yet, just gums it and plays with it! Still breast feeds very frequently. Any thoughts?

  • Sargie15
    May 14, 2019

    Maybe it’s just the pic, but it appears to only be on the lower part of his abdomen. Is it possibly irritation from the band of his diaper rubbing?

  • anonymous mom
    May 15, 2019

    I’m not one to believe in coincidences so I’m inclined to think it’s related to some sort of environmental change. Have you changed laundry detergents or anything else?? A food allergy that presents as dermatitis *should* be more obvious. Like relatively quickly after eating the food he’d develop a rash on his skin where the food touched. Are you feeding him one new food at a time for 2-3 days in a row before trying another new food?? If not try that and still closely monitor the rash presentation. Also, my daughter has a strange reaction to aquaphor on only one area of her body (like her upper back, chest, and shoulders). If I put aquaphor in her cheeks she’s fine. Also on the backs of her knees. But she develops a rash on her upper chest/shoulders/back if I put it there. It took me a long time to figure this out because my pediatrician insisted that aquaphor wouldn’t cause contact dermatitis so I kept adding it back on and it just made it worse. The way I finally figured it out was by clearing the rash using regular strength (0.5%) hydrocortisone cream. The only place I could find regular strength was at Walgreens. I applied a small layer of the cream to her rash once a day before bedtime. It cleared up completely in about 2-3 days. Then I tried the aquaphor again and overnight the rash came back!!! So I reapplied the cortisone cream again till it was gone. After that I added eucerin eczema cream and I’ve never seen the rash since. My daughter gets dry skin on her shoulders so I had to apply something and that’s what ended up working. So it is possible that the aquaphor is exacerbating the situation...just a thought. Of course, check with your pediatrician about the cortisone cream before using it. Mine recommended it but I think my daughter was a bit older, maybe around 10 months, when she got the rash. I’m not sure if it’s okay for a 7 month old. Good luck, I hope you can find a resolution quickly!!

  • Anonymous
    May 15, 2019

    Sargi - thanks for your reply! Just a bad picture of a squirmy 7 month old, it does go up his entire stomach. Julie - thank you for the suggestion! So weird how it affects your daughter differently in certain spots. I will try the hydrocortisone and lay off the aquaphor and see how it goes. 🤞this isn’t an allergy to everything!🤪 Thank you!

  • Sofy
    May 15, 2019

    When my son had something like that it was related to weather, my first thought was food to be the cause but I realized it got worse when we were outside on a very hot (Texas summer) day. I used aveeno bath and cream and it was gone the next morning

  • CheerioMama
    May 23, 2019

    Looks a lot like Eczema. Aquafore consistently should get rid of it