My 15 month old daughter has gotten these sportac, intense, bloody diaper rashes basically since the day she was born.
I drank lemonade like a crazy person when she was first born, and she kept getting these intense diaper rashes, where skin was literally slothing off her little bottom! She was in agony, and we finally figured out with the peditrition that it was the citric acid. (Duh, right? I know) as soon as I cut out lemonade, it cleared up.
As so got older, I took a sip of orange juice, bloody, skin slipping off diaper rash.
Lemon on fish I ordered once, bloody diaper rash. I mean. She is senistive to it!!!!
So, obviously I cut out all acid foods, asked lots of questions when we went out. She was fine. Perfect little bum.
When she starts eating solids, I give her all the normal baby foods: avocado, banana, peas, fruits, veggies, eggs, fish. She fine. Fine fine fine.
But then it's not. Suddenly, she's got these nasty rashes again, so we start doing elimination diets. No fruit except for bananas and blueberries pass the test. Corn is fine, but my mother slipped her a tortilla chip once and she got a skin falling off diaper rash. Ok, corn ok, corn chips or tortillas, not ok. No tomatoes, no Lima beans. No black beans.
I keep taking her to the pedi, begging him for help. He's basically, "there's not much we can do except eliminate what you figure out what sets her off". BUT IT'S SO RANDOM!!!! She's in agony whenever it happens!
Eventually, reluctantly, the pedi tells us to see a dermatologist. I asked why not an allergist, and he says this will give us more answers. I can't see how - this is obviously food related... Sure it presents itself with her skin, but... So we go to the dermatologist. He's a huggggeeee asshole, tells me there's such thing as disposable diapers now (we cloth diaper during the day, disposable at night) I know, dude. Don't be a dick. I explain how we use both, and there isn't a connection with her diaper type. It's what she eats. He says there's no such thing as a "fruit allergy" and she can't possible be intolerant or corn tortillas but be fine with corn. When I absently mention that we use an all natural shampoo/body wash he says "the bubonic plague was all-natural" alright, dick. Thanks for being useless, an asshole, and give me looks as if to say I'm a crazy bitch to bring a baby here with a damn diaper rash. Like, I'm some psycho mom over reacting about a little normal diaper rash. Useless.
I drop it for awhile, figuring elimination diet ought to be the answer. But tonight, she got one again. She's screaming in agony when I have to take her diaper off. When she's diaper-less, she's literally just standing there, her feet spread apart, unable to walk or sit for the pain. I try giving her a nice bath, and she's just screaming, wont let the water touch her butt. I took a video and some pictures of the rash. I'm in tears. She's in tears.
Shes finally sleeping now. I wanted to take her to the ER, but my husband didnt think it was a good idea, being that its Saturday night and he thinks we'll get nothing from it: they'll look at us like we're over reacting about a damn diaper rash, give us some cream with a little bit higher grade of medicine (it doesn't work. We've tried it) and will not listen to our theory that its food connected.
I have NO idea what food set her off today? I want to feed her healthy foods, but the list keeps shrinking!!! What should I do? Should I have taken her to he ER?
So it's been a few months. After making this post and reading the comments, I took a lot of people's advice and made appointments with a pediatric GI and a pediatric allergist and those appointments are coming up.
But I need some reassurance / advice.
Ever since the day I made this post, her skin hasn't actually "fallen off" again. No more bloody bums. We've had quite a few instances of hives on her bottom, welts, red angry rashes, and QUITE a few yeast infections, but everything started clearing up before the skin ever started coming off again. She's still in a lot of pain during angry red rashes and itches her bottom like crazy during the welt/hive rashes.
PLUS - it's happening less often. What used to be a non-stop when she was a newborn and a regular once or twice a month occurrence when I made this post has continued to go down, and only happens about once a month, maybe less - for only a day or so (except the yeast infections - those things are stubborn).
I've been keeping a food journal and writing down the dates of her rashes / welts / bumps since I made the appointments. The bad ones I take pictures of.
But since this post, it's gotten even less consistent. I can find almost no food connection at all anymore. She's since eaten tortillas, and was perfectly fine. Had a seafood pasta with lemon sauce and was perfectly fine. I've not once been able to see her break out in a rash / welts and been able to look at her food journal and say "ah ha! You are the culprit!" Because almost always it's been filled with foods she's had for a few days, even a few weeks or months without any reaction before.
I guess what I'm saying here is: I'm worried I'm going to walk my daughter into these appointments, tell them this history, show them the photos and food journal and I'm going to hear crickets from them. Like, wtf are you thinking, lady? They'll pat me on my shoulder while gently guiding us out telling us this isn't a allergy or a GI problem, it's a "curse of the fair skin" problem (which I've heard quite a few times!).
Am I crazy? Since its steadily going down in instances and I can find no real rhyme or reason - is it even logical to be keeping these appointments or am I wasting everyone's, including my own, time?