Acid Diaper Rash: Treatment for Acid Butt Burn 81

After three boys, I thought I’d seen all a butt could turn out—from poop paintings to corn kernels—but when my fourth baby started getting weird acidic poop that literally seemed to eat her skin away, I was sort of baffled. Acid diaper rash was not something I had heard a lot about, but it happens, and it is horrible.
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So, what exactly is acid diaper rash, and how do you spot it?

Acid diaper rash occurs when for one reason or another your baby’s poop becomes acidic in pH and literally burns the skin. For my baby, this was obvious by immediate bleeding rashes (when I knew she had just pooped). These bloody spots almost looked like she’d been poked repeatedly with a small pin and were only where the poop had touched.

Other types of diaper rash occur more frequently where the diaper touches or in skin creases, but this rash will be very red, possibly bleeding, inflamed skin only where the poop is touching, and it will be there no matter how quickly you change the diaper. I think that’s the biggest tell that a rash is acid-based, it happens almost instantly.

Next, the poop that accompanies acid diaper rash is often runny and looks poorly digested, like there are often still recognizable chunks of lunch. In babies that haven’t started solid foods, it just looks very runny and lacks the common seedy appearance. It may also have an off odor that just doesn’t smell like just poop, almost rancid.

What causes acid diaper rash or acidic poop?

Some babies can get acidic poop from high fruit intake or foods that are high in acid themselves such as tomato, but in my baby girl’s case, it was fructose sensitivity. It can take some diet exploration to pinpoint the cause of acidic poop, but it is almost always a dietary cause.

One of the easiest ways to track a food allergy or sensitivity is to keep a diet log. Note days the rash or acid poop occur and find common factors, then cut one factor at a time to see what works. As fructose sensitivity is a common culprit of acid diaper rash, I caution that not all fruit will get a reaction (bananas for instance are fine) and remember that high fructose corn syrup will also create an issue (“high fructose”).

How do you treat acid poop burns?

In this case, the most important thing is to identify the dietary issue causing the rash and eliminate it. The burns actually heal quite quickly as long as the acid poops stop. In the meantime, it can help to avoid baby wipes by using either a small squirt bottle or just a quick butt rinse in the tub. As it’s the wiping motion that tends to hurt, just dab dry afterwards.

The best diaper rash cream I found for this was the Triple Paste, though I would avoid applying anything but fresh air until the burns are no longer actively weeping. They, at least if your baby is changed quickly, are usually not very severe and it takes less than a day for the rash to look kind of scaly and red (this is like a thin scab over the burn) at that point it’s ok to use the cream and it will help things heal faster.

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81 thoughts on “Acid Diaper Rash: Treatment for Acid Butt Burn

  • Karrie

    Did (does) your 4th baby have a blue vein in between her eyes? My child with this rash did. He also had some problems with some of his teeth starting to decay. These babies are called “sugar babies” and they are sensitive to sugar. It’s an eastern medicine kind of thing. Fascinating. I just found your post tonight after trying to figure out what’s with this poop and terrible rash and why he gets it sooo much worse than his brothers had. And as soon as I read fructose sensitivity it all came crashing back. Time to become thoroughly well read on this topic. Thanks so much for this post!

    • unwirklich admin

      No, she doesn’t have a vein. Fructose sensitivity is just a result of an immature digestive system. My daughter is now just over 18 months and as almost outgrown it. When she was 6 months any fruit, any at all, whether it was 1 raisin or a full cup of juice, gave her a horrible rash and diarrhea, now she can even drink apple juice (which is the worst one). It only seems to be a problem at this point if she has a ton of fruit in one day, say, like multiple cups of apple juice. My pediatrician said that’s fairly normal, for kids to outgrow fructose intolerance by age 2.

      • Gileanne

        My son has had it since 6months when he started eating fruit purees. He is currently 12 months. I can’t even give him fruit/veggie mix pouches as it burns his butt quickly. Also pouches with tomato paste make his butt burn.. do you know if quinoa is also acidic? I think the times i’ve given him a pouch with quinoa his butt tends to become red (although not as bad as with fruits/tomato paste). It’s so hard because even the snacks they sell all contain some sort of fruit powder/ juice concentrate and I’m even scared to try those.. Do you know if these snacks that contain say, apple powder or some sort of juice concentrate in their ingredients, can also contribute to butt rash? Dr recommended EPC cream (Extra Protective Cream from Secura sold via Amazon) and it helps clear it out.. Glad to know he should outgrow it in a couple of months!

        • unwirklich admin

          Quinoa is a grain, it isn’t acidic no, and though it does contain some fructose I think it’s balanced much like bananas and shouldn’t be causing an issue if fructose is really what’s behind the rash. Are the poops super runny, frothy, or seem poorly digested? They’ll also smell really bad and sort of sweet (like fruit). With our daughter she even had trouble breastfeeding if I had eaten fruit, so I’m wondering if maybe it isn’t another ingredient in your purees, will straight, like from the peel banana do it?

    • Ashley

      My son has had acidic poop since he was a few weeks old (we call this fire tush at this point) and he turns 2 later this month. Early on we had breastfeeding and feeding issues in general – turned out he had a corn sensitivity (in all powder formula) and we were fine until 10 months old when he started daycare. Long story short, teething was the noticeable cause and we outgrew some of the corn sensitivity (only avoided straight corn).

      Now fire tush is back. And has been for 7 weeks no matter what we do (creams, oatmeal baths, air, no diaper wipes, etc) or who we see (pediatricians, specialists, etc).

      I suppose I’m seeking a follow up. How is you daughter today? Was it natural and artificial fructose intolerance? Best courses of treatment that you found?

      • unwirklich admin

        She could not have fructose of any kind, which made things very hard, they put high fructose corn syrup in more than you’d think. She is about 18 months now and she has pretty much completely outgrown it. She’ll still get a but of rash if she has a lot of high fructose foods (like multiple cups of apple juice for example) but it’s nothing like it was when she was younger. In the case of fructose, our pediatrician told us most kids outgrow it by age 2 because it’s not an allergy, it’s an intolerance as a result of an underdeveloped digestive system. I’m not sure if a corn sensitivity would work the same way, but if you’ve been told it isn’t a true allergy, I’d bet so.

        • Amber

          My son has this same problem. When he gets it really bad, I sometimes give him baby Advil or baby Tylenol. His father asked if its really needed. What are your thoughts? I don’t think it is a big deal. He is clearly in pain.

          • unwirklich admin

            I agree, if it is obviously hurting him there’s no issue with a little pain reliever as long as it doesn’t become a chronic thing. Daily use for instance of Tylenol is very hard on the liver and kidneys.

    • Teresa

      Hi Karrie! My 6 month old son just got his first terrible butt rash tonight.. it’s been because he has pooped 7 times today :( We didn’t introduce any new foods, he’s eating all purees that he has had before, plus formula, so I am hesitant to think ours is food-related, but I am curious more about the blue vein in between the eyes. My son has that. Did you change your child’s diet, and did the blue vein go away?

      • jennifer

        my going on 5 month old daughter just got burn butt I call it that cause it looks like first degree burns…I have cried seeing it…I feel like such a bad mom no matter what I do (frequent diaper changes, oatmeal bath, nystatin, etc. even medicated powder and it doesn’t seem to have any effect on her diaper rash…last night I left her all night without a diaper and when she got up this morning her burns/rash was dry then I had to go to the store put a diaper nystatin and medicated powder on her to go while at the store she went poop and when I got home I opened her diaper and once again it was peeled and bleeding…mind you she has two bottom teeth coming in…so I’m pretty much at a loss ..any opinions to help this mom of an almost 5 month old

        • unwirklich admin

          has her diet changed at all or the type of diapers you’re using? If not, you might see her pedi. They have some prescription strength creams that helped our first born (he has eczema so evvvverything gave him a rash.

        • Julie Hampton

          Tripplepaste makes an antifungal diaper rash cream called Tripplepaste AF. Both of my kids have had what you’re describing and it cleared up after using that. Coconut oil also has antifungal properties if you happen to have any in your pantry.

  • Brandy Alterman

    Did you seek any sort of GI consult for this?
    I have a 8 week old, and we have been fighting an acid rash for the last 6 weeks. She has some acid reflux and we have switched to Alimentum. We (dad/I and the doctor), have tried everything– from OTC creams, Silvadene burn cream, baking soda soaks, a compound acid binding cream, blow drying each diaper change, etc. We are now to the GI consult because her pediatrician (who is absolutely wonderful and has made this his mission to figure out) is out of options. I’m not quite sure what to expect, and found this read at the perfect time.

    • unwirklich admin

      I didn’t, my pediatrician actually couldn’t figure out why she had been losing weight while breastfeeding (despite ample supply/good latch) and had the rash/diarrhea. I made the connection through trial and error by keeping a food diary, then confirmed with just my regular doctor.

  • Gileanne

    my son gets butt burn/rash when he has any type of fruit (even with bananas!) and tomato paste.. there are this organic curlz that have apple powder stated in their ingredients, will it burn him as well or apple powder is not acidic as the fruit/puree?

    • unwirklich admin

      I really don’t know, if even banana gets him I’m not sure it’s the fructose giving him trouble..if it isn’t the fructose, he may do fine with the apple powder because it is more processed.

  • Karen Rex

    Our baby bottom is terrible. Still on formula. . So don’t know where acid is. Change as soon as he goes. It’s terrible tried everything from Destin to a and d boudrex butt paste Dr Smith spay. It gets where it bleeds. The Dr gave us Dr Smith nothing clears it

    • Gina

      My girl had terrible acid poops. We used baking soda baths daily, used aquaphor (desatin and other creams made it worse), and at times nystatin cream if the burns were in her folds. Occasionally we used a alum/baking soda based powder to neutralize the acid.
      She was on alimentium and got acid poops from growing spurts and teething. Once she was old enough, I put cucumber in her water and fed her more cucumber (mainly the soft middle) to help balance the acid in her body.

    • Stephanie

      Have you found anything to work? Our daughter is also only on formula and experiencing this as well. She has even been to a specialist and prescribed the strongest creams and still no improvement. As far as it being dietary, she has been on the same formula since birth and used to not have this issue. She is on nutramagin formula. Please any help would be very useful, she is miserable!

      • Mindy B

        On my little one, the only thing that works is a prescription for VUSION. It’s​ like magic! The only problem is our insurance doesn’t cover it, so I have to pay out of pocket.

      • Nichole

        Nutramagin can work wonders for babies with mild food allergies. My youngest daughter did great on it. Unfortunately, it’s made from broken down milk proteins. For babies with severe milk and/or soy allergies, a genuinely hypoallergenic formula would work much better. I’ve heard of many people using elemental formulas.
        My youngest son’s had something called MSPIES and it required a lot of food modification on my part.
        I hope you find something that works for your little one.

      • Jade

        Hello wondering if you found anything out my little one is a month old and having this same issue and also on the same formula u are using it brings me to tears everytime I change her she is in so much pain

      • LK

        I realize your post is a couple of months old, but I wanted to share our experience with you. Our son was 10 weeks early and we had to ‘fortify’ my breastmilk by adding formula for additional calories. At times he had more formula than others and it was always Nutramigen from day 1. At a certain point, maybe when he was around 4 months old, the diaper rash was so bad he had basically been naked (bum-wise) for 2 straight days and he was clearly in agonizing pain. After making myself nuts over what I was eating and also eliminating virtually everything from my diet I decided to try Alimentum instead because I didn’t know what else it could possibly be. The horrible rash he had suffered from for a LONG time was gone within 24 hrs of stopping the Nutramigen. It might be worth it for you to try a different formula. Good luck and I hope things are already better!

    • Nichole

      It could be caused by a milk and/or soy allergy. My little ones had to have hypoallergenic formula as to avoid acid poop, severe spitting up, silent reflux and abdominal pian.

  • Mindy

    Hi, good luck to all the babies, I hope they’re better quickly. Blueberries did this to my nephew’s bum. He outgrew the sensitivity, luckily. Even though I don’t like products with petroleum, once in a while I think it is okay. Bag Balm takes off severe diaper burns, rashes, and bleeding in just a day or two. Definitely use products without synthetic fragrance as well.

  • MegsFitness

    I made a paste with aquaphor and baking soda last night because my girl was inconsolable. I let her sleep without a diaper on so that she could air out, and I gave her some Tylenol for the pain. Nothing in her diet is new or different, but I think she might be teething (molars). I wish there were something I could do to prevent the pain altogether. :(

    • unwirklich admin

      Honestly, if it were me I would take her to either your pedi or a dermatologist. Regular diaper rash shouldn’t be long-term and should respond to proper care. I know teething can sometimes cause off diapers and illness, but I’ve never heard of it being as severe as you describe.

      • MegsFitness

        You’re right on point. Her pediatrician surmised that a virus caused the digestive upset and said that because the acidity was so high, it didn’t matter if we changed her immediately, it’d still cause burns. We picked up desitin max (to create a barrier) baby powder (because desitin won’t stick to the blisters) and a probiotic to try to bring her digestive flora back in balance. He also recommended using a spray bottle with baking soda and water to rinse her bum because the commercial wipes can be mildly acidic (due to the preservative).

        If it doesn’t clear up soon, we have to get an anti fungal cream because he said yeast would thrive.

        • Laura

          This could be our issue. Thought red pasta sauce was the culprit but he’d never had issues before. He did start a cold right around the time the acid diaper rash happened.

  • Kristina

    We are still trying to pinpoint the cause of my 2 year old’s acidic diapers (corn is a HUGE problem for him but there is something else we haven’t quite figured out). The best way we found to treat the rash is to use corn starch. Any diaper creams (also vaseline and aquaphor) we’ve tried keeps some moisture next to the rash, with the corn starch it absorbs all the moisture and we notice the rash clearing in about a day.

  • Callie Sandoval

    Im having this issue with my 2 year old son. The only thing that has been able to help is a warm bath with epsom salt. I’ve tried allot ot butt pastes, and have made a few myself. I have no insurance so i cant afford a doctor visit.. Please let me know what worked best for you all!

    • Anonymous

      Look into Child Health Plus for your childrens health insurance. I cannot afford health insurance for myself or my husband but we went through the state for our kids and pay less than $20 a month (for both!) And they have great coverage.

    • Gabrielle Osegueda

      We use aquaphor baby for my son. I use regular aquaphor on my fresh tattoos and it immediately soothes the burn. I figured AQ Baby would do the same! After 12 hours the rash was gone and it was scabbed over. He was in no more pain after the first application!

  • Lili

    No more blueberries for my one year old daugther( she really loves them) this has happen twice and it got so bad she couldn’t sit anywhere, and no cream helped. I don’t use baby powder(cancer), used corn starch to keep dry but its no magic, the rash is getting better and the pain has gone away.

  • Ashley

    My son is two and he has fructose intolerence. I have been very slow in re-introducing fruits into my son’s diet per recommendation of an allergist. Bananas and watermelon have been fine but just gave him blueberries yesterday afternoon and he has been excreting the acid for half the night, is walking with his legs over extended to the sides and sitting funny. Strawberries also have given us a hassel.

    If you can get a Dr to prescribe Silver Sulfadiazine 1% Cream it works miracles! Its commonly used on burns. My son had burnt his hand prior to the first occurrence of the acid butt and had a ton left over (thank God for that). I had tried everything else from extra strength Desitin to calmoseptine. I put one coat of the Silver Sulfadiazine 1% Cream mixed with a little extra strength Desitin and within 1 diaper change the angry red was gone. In a day the rash was almost gone except scabs.

    • unwirklich admin

      You might have less trouble experimenting if you looked up a fructose content guide. Here’s an example. Banana and watermelon are both pretty neutral in that they have similar levels of fructose and glucose, which often makes them doable for those with intolerance. There will still be some trial and error of course (blueberry is also usually ok), but it might help at least know which are probably a no-go.

  • Ashley A.

    Last night I gave my son a healthy portion of blueberries and all was well. This morning is when the acidic poops started and lasted until around 7 this evening. I decided that he was going to have a bland diet all day and that seem to really help calm the poops down. His poor bum at one point looked like blisters. I changed from wipes to patting him down with a wash cloth. I even put him in the bath but the warm water seemed to light him on fire. I started with Desitin to have a barrier then graduated to A&D ointment (works the best for him). Then around 6 this evening I switched to Aquaphore ointment and a dose of Tylenol. Now he just has a typical red sore bottom. So here’s the question: should I have tested for allergies or do you think this was a one off situation?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If this was the first time he’d had blueberries, you might try them again see if it happens again. Some kids are just sensitive to certain foods.

  • Alicia

    I thought I would share this great tip to help speed up healing and help with pain for infants and toddlers that have developed an acid diaper rash. Its something we learned from our Neonatal ICU nurses while our daughter was in the NICU. With an acid rash you want to minimize skin contact and alkalize the acid immediately to stop the acid from burning the skin. My daughter was born early so we spent the first 2 months of her life in NICU and unfortunately she developed an acid rash. They tried everything from steroids to medicated cream and nothing was helping; it was awful and bleeding and her fragile preemie skin was not healing. One of the nurses who was a 35 year NICU veteran told us to give her baking soda sits baths every time she pooped or soiled her diaper. Just lukewarm water with a good amount of baking soda. The Baking soda alkalizes the acid on the skin and stops the burning immediately. We then applied a thick coating of isles paste (vasaline will also work but isles paste is much thicker and will stay on better) when changing do not use wipes as most contain alcohol, and the wiping action can irritate or even tear the fragile skin that has been burnt, especially that of infants. Do not wipe the isles paste off, but rather dab the skin very gently with a lukewarm or cool cloth when changing a pee diaper, baking soda sits bath for poop diapers as quickly as possible. To make it easieìr when my daughter was in NICU we had a little mixing bowl and Baking soda right next to her incubator. At home if it happened we put her in the bathroom sink when she was very small and now that she is 2 the regular tub with a generous amount of baking soda. I would recommend seeing a physician if after 24-48 and it’s not improving. But alkalizing the acid to stop the burning will relieve pain and give the skin a chance to heal. I hope this can help someone as much as it has helped us over the years!

  • Linda d

    When dealing with the red ring of fire on you LO butt. The type that is so sore you can’t touch it. I buy tea bags from dollar tree the ones that have no string and no tags . I put the double pouch right on the private area and strap up the diaper at night.. leaving it in the diaper all night helps reduce the inflammation and swelling so that by morning it may look hurtful but it no longer stings and you can smear diaper cream on to soften the skin and Create a barrier . The effective ingredient in tea are the tannins which nuetralize the acid causing the burn. Thought i would give an old timer remedy for some new moms.. cheap and very effective. I always have a box of teabags for my grand daughter since her mom tends to feed her foods she has a sensitivity to.

  • Yiset

    I use corn starch the one for cooking learned this from grandmom and it works on contact releaving the pain immediately the creams would make it hurt worse at least with my boys. Corn starch is just amazing. I also put some plain oatmeal in their bath and let them sit on it for about 10 minutes if the burns are severe this is also just wonderful and affordable.

  • Christy

    My son had this as a baby. It was horrible. His skin would slough off his butt when it was really bad. He’s 8 more, and it’s still happening! We’re trying to eliminate citric acid right now, no tomatoes / tomatoe sauces, onions, condiments, citrus fruit /juice, soda, etc. So far so good. I really worries me because I don’t be able to monitor his butt in another 3-5 years.

  • Lady

    The link you put to the Triple Paste takes you to a toothpaste called Triple Action on amazon. Is this the same thing or have I just wasted money ordering the wrong product? ? Thanks for your reply

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      It sounds like there may not be a matching product (or it’s redirecting you to the wrong product) because from your email you are in the UK. In the US, the link leads to this:
      Triple Paste Triple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash, 2-Ounce (Pack of 2)

      Amazon automatically redirects our links to the relevant product in your region, but in this case there may not be a direct match. I apologize if you ordered toothpaste :( . Searching directly on Amazon UK, the closest I find is this: It appears to be from same company, but more for eczema than diaper rash. You may be able to find the diaper rash version at your local store. It would be in the diaper-supply area, and be labeled as a diaper rash cream.

      • Lady

        It’s OK . .. no more rash and at least the toothpaste was a good one!

        Thanks a bunch for your reply… shows you really care about your readers… so I’m definitely one now!

  • Cody & Brooke Hanson

    My daughter is having the same exact issue. I told the doctor that I think it was from her formula because it only started happening when I started introducing formula into a diet, I had started breastfeeding but started losing Supply and had to switch over. The doctor says yeah it’s from the formula but doesn’t recommend I change to a different formula and just keep doing what I’m doing but putting Maalox and coconut oil on it. I’d be more concerned about stopping her from getting the rash in the first place then just constantly treating the poor little ones Burns all the time. So you mentioned a fructose sensitivity, I will be on the hunt for formulas that don’t contain it or start making my own with goats milk( I don’t know the effectiveness with goat’s milk, but it worked really well for my second born when she had sensitive tummy issues). Thanks for the information!

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Jeez! I would also be looking for a different pediatrician, it’s insane to recommend a medication to reduce acids rather than just trying a different formula. Most babies go through an adjustment period to formula, but it’s often constipation, not acid diaper rash. If removing fructose doesn’t help, lactose can be another common trigger and lactose-free formula is easier to find than fructose free. You might find pumping and mixing the formula with that rather than water helps too. Goats milk is totally fine also, they even make goat’s-milk formula, not sure on availability there, but here’s a study that saw no difference in growth between cow/goat milk formula-fed infants. :)

  • Stephenie McDaniel

    My son just turned 3 a couple of weeks ago but he has had this issue a handful of times. Today we were swimming and he pooped but didn’t tell anyone and with the mixture of the acid poo and chlorine he now has a terrible diaper rash burn on his entire lower half (front and back) :-( I used scent free powder and he still jumped through the ceiling screaming in pain. He has been diaper free for a few hours now and he is complaining a lot less. Maybe this will be the potty training “fire under his butt” that he needs! It sucks that it had to come to this though!!

  • Lindsay M Julien

    This is the first I’ve seen from any mom on this issue. My husband and I have been dealing with acid poop with my 2 year old daughter for a bout a year now (since she started solid foods). Through trial and air, just as you mentioned, I have found that it best to minimize the use of baby wipes (at least store bought one’s – I started making my own 100% organic, all natural baby wip es. Which seems like it would be difficult and expensive but it’s actually super quick, easy AND saves a ton of money as the cost of i ingredients is next to nothing and produce large quantities.) I also found that immediately putting her in the bath after the discovery of acid poop with a cup of baking soda, cup of Epson salt, and a few drops of a couple of my favorite essential oils (lavender – known for its soothing, calming affect but ALSO has incredible medicinal value which was discovered actually on accident when a chemist experimenting in his perfumery caught fire as the result of one of his mixtures. The first thing he grabbed was lavender oil to put out the fire. Over the next couple of days he couldn’t help but notice how quick the healing process was for his 3rd degree burns he endured as a result of the explosion. Not only did the wounds heal quicker than anything anyone had ever seen, but they were almost painless in doing so and there was no infection. This prompted his curiosity and he began studying the essential oil of lavender funding that the oil is antimicrobial, antibacterial , an antioxidant, sedative and has analgesic properties. All great for burns and PERFECT for acidic diaper rash. And then I use a drop of either Cedarwood – a powerful antimicrobial and antibacterial, fungicidal, diuretic, skin tonic and sedative. OR Juniper Berry which is similar to Cedarwood but has a stronger detoxification characteristic. Really good for skin – anti-inflammatory, astringent, tonic and sedative) After, a 20 min “Detox bath” I swear you can’t even tell the rash/blisters were ever even there to begin with. A diaper cream that I have found through my trials and struggle with this horrible rash literally works MIRACLES. Plus my daughter seems to love the stuff – it’s like you can physically SEE the relief come over her as soon as I wipe this stuff over her tushie. IT’s called Baby Mantra Diaper Rash Ointment. You can find it at any major supermarket chain – Safeway, Walmart, Target, Raleys, etc. I STILL have not figured out though WHICH fruit is causing the rash. That’s what I hit the web for today, because we JUST figured out that it’s DEFINITELY fruit that is the cause as we had already eliminated milk as a cause and the only thing she had this morning so far was milk and cereal and then a Fruit cup for a snack and then she pooped. So it was DEFINITELY the fruit cup that was the culprit that cause d the horrible blisters….but WHICH fruit….? I don’t want to cut ALL FRUIT from her diet but I almost can’t STAND it when she gets these rashes….

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      I’d see which fruits were in said fruit cup, and test each one individually, ex/ it it was your typical pears, peaches, cherries…try pears, then peaches, then cherries.

      • Life with Gremlins admin

        Ah yeah, sometimes it’s a good idea to try to introduce one new food every few days, it’s crazy sometimes the things that don’t agree with a baby.

  • Cindy

    My nieces and nephew all suffered from a sensitivity to juice that seemed to make their urine and poop acidic. Their daycare and preschool centers weren’t exactly careful about withholding juice or watering it down. So these poor babies would come to my house with terrible raw rashes that made them scream in pain. I would set up a small luke warm bath and let them sit and soak clean for about 5-10mins. Then I, very lightly, pat the area dry and smoothed raw honey on it. I know it sounds weird, but honey is an amazing skin healer! It has to be -raw- honey, as anything processed doesn’t contain the healing benefits that honey naturally has. Honey can be used for many booboos! Another thing I would recommend is Burt’s Bees Baby multipurpose ointment. I’ve used both raw honey and Burt’s Bees Baby on myself, my nieces and nephew, my pets, and they are both soothing while also helping to heal rapidly.

    Just thought I would share my experiences with the dreadful acid burn rash. I stumbled upon this blog, because I seem to be experiencing a case of acidic burning in a sensitive area (I’ve discovered that I am lactose intolerant).

  • Kendra

    Thank you for this article. I need to start tracking the diet. My son just turned one and this has only been a recent problem. My 4year old had/has it and I thought he was in the clear but it doesn’t appear so. It’s such a sad rash and like you said, instant to the stool touching the skin. Just a heads up for anyone suffering with this… my daughter ended up scared of pooping because it hurt her. I potty trained her at 2 just to get her out of diapers but accidents still lead to the rash so she started holding it. She pooped daily so I didn’t realize she was holding it. Fast forward almost 3 years later she is on a high dose of mirilax to keep her regular with the goal of shrinking her colon. The colon stretched out from the stool build up. Along with that she has lost the sinsation of knowing when her body needs to go. Needless to say it’s still a battle and the smallest accident burns her skin.

    I’m heart broken for my son… if I can catch the cause early perhaps I can spare him the aftermath.

    Fructose is a new theory for me, so I’m definitely going to monitor for that. And I’m a fan of fruit/veggie packs so another thing to track.

    Thank you!