Diaper Rash & Diet

December 18, 2016

Diaper rash is a literal pain in the a**. There are steps you can take to keep it at bay, but what about avoiding it all together? Could you or your baby’s diet be the culprit to this pesky rash?

Within this post I discuss typical diaper rash first. Later in the post, I highlight diet with a yeast diaper rash. (You treat the type of diaper rash (yeast or typical diaper rash) differently.) Lastly, I give you the run-down on how to go about removing certain foods from you or your baby’s diet. 


Typical diaper rashes that are caused by food allergies, intolerance’s, or diarrhea can be accompanied by a red ring around the anus. If your baby has this, I suggest taking a closer look at their diet or your own diet if your breastfeeding.

If your baby has the typical, run-of-the-mill diaper rash avoid these foods:

+ Dairy products

+ Wheat/gluten

+ Soy

+ Eggs

+ Chocolate

+ Bananas, Oranges, & Pineapple

+ Peanuts

+ Sugar entirely (No more Snickers for you!)

+ Legumes

Seems like a lot?  Don’t be scared! We will address these one step at a time!


Yeast rashes are their own beast entirely. So it is important to distinguish if your baby has one. If this is your first go at determining a yeast rash, go see your pediatrician, but if you know what to look for (such as red bumps) because this isn’t your first go around, then continue reading!

Your baby could be getting the yeast diaper rash for a couple of reasons if diet is the culprit: They are allergic or intolerant to a food they are getting (either through your breastmilk or if they are on solids), or a food they are getting is causing them diarrhea.

These are some foods to eliminate with a yeast diaper rash :

+ Citrus fruits (with the exception of lemon because it is alkaline once it enters the body)

+ Tomatoes (yes, this includes pizza)

+ Strawberries

+ Pineapple

+ Apples

+ Plums

+ Peaches

+ Grapes

+ Dried fruit

+ Alcohol (EEK!)

+ Red meat


So how do you go about cutting all of this crap out of your diet? Eliminate one food for 7-10 days, and then introduce it back in slowly. Did the rash clear up while it was out of your diet? Did it come back once you had the food again? Try this method with each possible food culprit.


I think it is easy to forget or ignore how much one’s diet deeply impacts your health and the health of  your baby.

This doesn’t mean you should totally ban everything delicious from your diet and be miserable, but if you have tried several things (baths, air drying, very frequent changes) and your child has the signature red ring around their anus, then it is a place to start.

To read about my weirdest but most sworn-by trick of all to keeping the rash at bay visit the post titled, “How To Keep Diaper Rash Away”.


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