Breastfed baby-rash/blood/reflux

by Lauren

I started noticing acid reflux symptoms in my breastfed baby when he was about a month old, but he didn't seem to be in discomfort other than he would only sleep on his side and he preferred to be upright.

When he was 2 months old he started to get a red bumpy rash on his face occasionally after he would breastfeed.

It was around the holidays and I asked the doctor if he could have a nut allergy since that seemed to be the only thing that was increased in my diet.

The doctor said probably not and baby tend to break out in rashes. Around 3 months he had one bloody stool diaper, then green poop for a week straight.

The doctors office said nothing to worry about he probably just had a stomach virus. Then about a week after his suspected stomach virus, he was screaming, gasping to breath, arching his back, and flexing his stomach inward for about an hour after nursing.

We took him to the doctor they attributed it to his acid reflux being amplified following the irritation of the stomach virus he had the prior week and put him on an probiotic and Zantac.

Still on occasion when he would eat his face would break out in a rash. Now that he is 4 months old; his face seems to be breaking out in this rash with almost every feed.

He had diarrhea the other day, then I've noticed spots of blood in his poop again. I see a small anal fissure which I'm assuming is the cause of the blood.

Does anyone have any idea what could be causing my little man to be breaking out in a facial rash after eating? It is occurring more frequently as he is getting older. Is it normal for a 4 month, exclusively breastfed baby to have an anal fissure?

He also started coughing and crying a few minutes after he eats when he breaks out in this rash now too.

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Apr 02, 2014
Food to avoid
by: Tee


Shame man, sounds like you guys are having a hard time. There are a few foods that could cause allergies through your breast milk...

But first some other symptoms of food allergies to look out for:

* Eczema
* Wheezing chest, asthma like stmptoms
* Colic, fussiness and not sleeping
* Acid reflux and vomiting
* Runny nose, itchy eyes
* Diarrhea, constipation or rashes
* Weight loss

Here is the list of foods to watch out for:

Artificial sweeteners, alcohol, cigarette smoke, caffeine, Dairy products, Shellfish,
Eggs, Peanuts, Food dyes, supplements and medication.

Get an allergy test done on your baby before trying an elimination diet. Unnecessary elimination of certain foods can cause other issues.

Resent research suggests that the introduction of "culprit allergy foods" into your baby's diet in small amounts from the age of 4 months can prevent allergic reactions later on. A mother is now encouraged to eat these foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding, unless she herself if allergic to a specific food. Some culprit foods include dairy products, nuts, fish, eggs, wheat, soy and citrus fruits.

Reference for this new information:

Allergies - Where are we now?

Early consumption of peanuts in infancy is associated with a low prevalence of peanut allergy.

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