4 Foods That Could Be Causing Your Baby’s Diaper Rash

toddler eating a strawberry

Diaper changing can be an unpleasant event for all involved, but it’s so much worse when your little one suffers from perpetual diaper rash. My son had this problem, and changing him was paramount to an athletic feat as he thrashed and squirmed away from the wet wipe that was, undoubtedly, causing some serious discomfort on his inflamed skin.

We got desperate enough to use only water and soft cloths to wipe him, and a fragrance-free wash and shampoo to bathe him, but it wasn’t until we started eliminating certain foods from his diet and using Aquaphor Baby Diaper Rash Cream (which is hypoallergenic and has zinc oxide) that the problem totally cleared up.


For him, we discovered that peaches were the main offender, but a variety of produce can trigger diaper rash flare-ups. If your little one struggles with rashes, take a closer look at what he’s eating, because some of these foods can become a serious pain in the rear. Literally.

  1. Citrus. Most toddlers love fruit, but if they are prone to diaper rash, you have to be cautious about the more acidic citrus fruits like oranges. Others to avoid include grapefruit (I don’t know a baby who likes grapefruit, but I’m sure they exist), lemon, and lime.
  2. Tomatoes. Tomatoes are another common (though not so obvious) cause of diaper rash. My kids love to eat tomatoes plain, but beware of the myriad of other foods that contain tomatoes: sauces, soups, ketchup.
  3. Strawberries. Yes, strawberries. Even those sweet, juicy little delights can cause some serious pain later for babies prone to rashes. If your little one is like mine (they’re addicted to strawberries), apply Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment at each diaper change to help prevent the rash from developing. Then you won’t have to be the mean mom withholding the strawberries (or any other yummy thing).
  4. Pineapple. Another delicious but terribly acidic fruit is pineapple. If you notice that it triggers diaper rash, try switching to less-acidic cantaloupe or honeydew instead.

Which foods tend to give your baby a diaper rash?

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