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Bowel movements that burn skin severly

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  • Posted By: Dipity
  • June 11, 2007
  • 07:27 PM


We are not able to find any information and I found this site and will try here. I will try anything! My daughter's babies, ages one and two have bowel movements that seem to burn their skin within moments of having a bowel movement. If they are sleeping... when they have a bowel movement, you can count on skin being burned off, raw and bloody. We try very hard to make sure that we get a diaper off of them as soon as it is dirtied, but as soon as you change one, they can have a bowel movement and within half an hour there is a huge rash and skin seems to be burned off. We need help with this!

We have strange and rare genetic illnesses and such in the family, but nothing that would cover this. We have Cadasil, fibromyalgia and CFS, hyperactivity and my daughter had severe exzema and everyone else just sensitive skin.

I would consider that with the skin sensitivities we have in the family, that that might be part of this... but I have taken care of a lot of babies and have never seen anything like this. They are burned within moments. There has to be something that is causing this.

Thankful for any answers... Dipity

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  • Sounds like a food allergy to me. Kids can be allergic to ANYTHING they eat. For my son it was citrus, milk (but not all dairy) and white grapes. But for some, even bread or wheat products irritate their systems. I would bet a food allergy is also the underlying cause of the eczema. Try an "elimination diet". If you are unfamiliar with it, try doing a search online. There is an abundance of information out there on allergies and elimination diets. It's a pain to do with picky eaters, but so worth it, as you will generally see some change in symptoms right away. Also, you might consider an allergy test - you'd be amazed what they can find that you may have never thought of. My son had the same symptoms as you described (his also manifested w/upper respiratory symptoms) when he was an infant. He's 3 now, and while he can manage some citrus and milk now, he still cannot handle white grapes or even white grape juice. Hang in there, it gets better! Best of luck to you and the kids!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 8, 2007
    • 06:53 PM
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  • My son had this when he was that age. It lasted for probably 4 days. We called the Dr. and he said sometime their poo is almost acidic and that's why the skin was blistering. He told us to pour Maalox into his diaper when we changed him. IT WORKED GREAT!!! I see I'm posting weeks later but hope it helps.Jen :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2007
    • 03:20 AM
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  • Hi,my baby gets this anytime I give him pumpkin. The skin would almost be eaten away - so painful. I agree with the food alergy person. It is probably that. Good luck.
    Concernedmum 4 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
    • 09:59 AM
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