Baby rashes found under the diaper, which eventually spread to the inner parts of the legs and the tummy causing irritation, are often considered as eczema or the result of irritating urine. But experts say it can be something more severe and a consequence of poor nutrition.
Newborns are easily susceptible to infection, and it is crucial to watch your babies closely for any signs of rash, particularly during the first seven days of life. Areas around the bottom, face, outside the mouth, trunk or limbs are primarily prone to rashes. Ignoring them or trying to treat them with steroid creams is not a solution since the root cause of skin trouble is often digestive issues or sensitivity towards antibiotics, which can have long-term complications.
In holistic healthcare, doctors believe the symptoms of ill health that a person experiences are mere ways of the body speaking to us about an underlying imbalance. Instead of treating the symptoms, the cause must be deciphered and corrected.
The primary causes of rashes in babies can be categorized into three parts:
Candida/ yeast overgrowth
Mostly a result of early use of antibiotics in children or antibiotics used by a mother which passes to the baby through breastmilk, it can also be the result of excess consumption of sugars and carbohydrates or imbalanced commercial baby formulas. Cesarean babies are also at risk as they miss out on the usual colonization, which flows from healthy vaginal flora.
Pregnant women should be cautious about their health as they can pass on their systemic candida or yeast overgrowth to their babies before and during birth.
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By interfering with the absorption of required nutrients, food intolerance disturbs the immune system and results in inflammatory problems in babies. It starts with malabsorption, and when the immune system tags these proteins as 'invaders,' the body starts developing an inflammatory reaction against them. Something which starts with the intestinal tissue, can spread to any part of the body and manifest itself in any tissue.
With delayed treatment, the chances of identifying the tissue can also become complicated.
The symptoms can be anything such as red cheeks, red eyes or dark rings under them, bright red ears, blisters or sores around the lips, bumps on the cheeks, cold sores, everlasting stuffy or runny nose causing mouth breathing. It can also be itchiness, mood swings, unusual stools, frequent gassiness and illnesses, learning issues, hyperactivity, etc.
Weak Immune system
A weak immune system can be due to food intolerance, unhealthy atmosphere, or congenital health issues. At times the cleaning products you use at home can also be toxic for infants. For instance, talcum powder is dangerous for babies!
Skin is the largest body organ, and the bloodstream absorbs whatever you apply on it. So, you need to be very careful with it. Whenever in doubt, get a second opinion but make sure that your baby gets treated by a knowledgeable practitioner.