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Question Diaper rashes in austic/aspergers kids?

I'm taking my son tomorrow to the doctor to discuss with him the diaper rashes my son has been having. I'm convinced they are food related, but despite keeping a food diary I can not track it down. With these rashes come behavior issues as well. They are NOT just a matter of having been in a dirty diaper too long. When he has these rashes he'll have little poops multiple, multiple times each day (like 15+). When he was a baby and nursing he screamed all the time, then I went on an elimination diet and his behavior totally changed. Later, when I would have a food he reacted to, he'd revert back into what I called "autistic-like" behavior and he wouldn't look me in the eye. The doctor at the time just said "interesting" and never made much of it. I delayed vaccinations, but when he did get them he got only one shot at a time. After the second DTaP, he had diarrhea for two weeks and went back into not interacting with me during that time. He came out of it though.
The time has come to figure out what's going on! Does anyone who has a child with Austim or Aspergers have diaper rash problems from food? I also suspect digestion problems. My nephew also has the exact same issues we're having here. I need some help! I also need to have all my duck in a row to present to the doctor. I know I'm late in asking this question here, but figured I'd give it a shot.

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Re: Diaper rashes in austic/aspergers kids?

I've been having trouble with my doc relating to vaccines causing delays with my son. Hope you get some answers!
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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Yeah, we got him the first DTap at 9 months and second at 15 months. After seeing his reaction, haven't gotten any more since. I won't get him vaccinated while he has undiagnosed diaper rashes, and there hasn't been a time when he's been without them longer than 2 weeks. Also, the more I read, the more I suspect a connection between all these things.
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Re: Diaper rashes in austic/aspergers kids?

Many autistic children have problems with the cow's milk protein casein and gluten (found in bread type products among other things). For some reason they have a hard time digesting these things.

There's a theory called the leaky gut syndrome. In other words, these kids have small holes in their digestive tracks that allow the large proteins to get into the blood system. The larger proteins aren't meant to be in the blood system before being broken down. I've read that casein and gluten can end up acting as a sort of morphine to children who have leaky guts which many autistics do (not all).

I had my son on a gluten free and casein free diet (GF/CF) for awhile. It was actually recommended to me by the nurse practitioner at our pediatrician's office. It helped my son's behavior big time. Unfortunately for us, he ended up being sensitive to corn which is in a lot of gluten free products and was vomiting daily from it. We stopped the special diet due to this, but I think it helped his gut to heal as we don't have the same type of reaction we used to get when he would eat those foods.

As far as rashes go, it may be that your son has a yeast problem. That's another common problem in autistic children. Try to make sure your LO doesn't have sugars as that feeds yeast and see if his doctor would be willing to give you diflucan to try to clear possible yeast out of his system.

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Re: Diaper rashes in austic/aspergers kids?

We have him on a DF diet already, but he does get gluten. (i'm GF/DF/EF...everything free??? for our 7mo old DS) Seems the rashes come and go daily/ hourly so it does seem food related to me. I cut fruit out thinking that they were causing it (seemed like raisins were making it worse, as well as apples and pears). But, he continued to get them, only weekly though. What would the symptoms be of a yeast problem? My kids get very, very little sugar (my oldest DS is super sensitive to it) so I'd really be surprised if that was it, but at this point I'm at my wits end as to what it could be so I'm open to any suggestions. I'll ask the doctor about it tomorrow.
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my son has aspergers and several food allergies. beef, lamb, tree nuts, eggs, all dairy. with an intolerance to soy and gluten products. our allergist said it can take the body up to 2 weeks for an offending protein to leave the body so if you take him off a particular food it needs to be at least 2 weeks. in addition i would start looking at any processed foods he may consume ie dyes etc. they could be causing the rash. also you may ask your ped for a stool culture test just to be sure there is nothing going on there they can check for some gi issues as well when doing that and its pretty non invasive. the other thing i might recommend is adding probiotics to his diet especially if not eating dairy you can buy non dairy kind. in addition to being autistic my son has celiac disease and it took my son getting very sick before anyone listened. does your ds have any signs of weight loss? has he ever been allergy tested? if he wears cds maybe the detergent or fabric is bothering him? so sorry mama, it is frustrating but i am sure you will figure it out, goodluck
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Re: Diaper rashes in austic/aspergers kids?

My oDD has AS. She had lots of yeast infections while still in diapers, however, they were attributed to the medication she was taking for her (unrelated) kidney issues. Yeast will appear as tiny bumps, not an all over redness. Many times, the bumps will have a white head on them. My daughter was also on a lactose free diet at the time (due to meds). She did, however, eat lots of yogurt w/acidopholous (spelling?). The active cultures seemed to help the yeast and it was the one dairy product that wouldn't make her sick. She has a sensitive digestive system and very sensitive skin. Sorry, you are having all of these issues. Also, it could be from your diapers. We still used disposables with her, but I have heard that if you are having yeast issues that the diapers should be bleached to kill the yeast. Hope some of this helps!
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my son has aspergers and several food allergies. beef, lamb, tree nuts, eggs, all dairy. with an intolerance to soy and gluten products. our allergist said it can take the body up to 2 weeks for an offending protein to leave the body so if you take him off a particular food it needs to be at least 2 weeks. in addition i would start looking at any processed foods he may consume ie dyes etc. they could be causing the rash. also you may ask your ped for a stool culture test just to be sure there is nothing going on there they can check for some gi issues as well when doing that and its pretty non invasive. the other thing i might recommend is adding probiotics to his diet especially if not eating dairy you can buy non dairy kind. in addition to being autistic my son has celiac disease and it took my son getting very sick before anyone listened. does your ds have any signs of weight loss? has he ever been allergy tested? if he wears cds maybe the detergent or fabric is bothering him? so sorry mama, it is frustrating but i am sure you will figure it out, goodluck
My ped has ordered testing when I requested it before, but he only tested for egg white, oat, banana, and strawberry. All were negative, but he sort of told us that that probably would happen.
That's a good idea about the stool culture test. Hadn't thought of that. I'm also going to ask for broader allergy testing, especially of the main ones.
I was giving him probiotics, then finished up the bottle so we didn't have any..and just this morning bought another one.
His rash is right where he poops, so it's not where the diapers would even touch. We also eat minimal processed foods, and stay away from dyes where possible. (in my frustration I wonder sometimes if it's the healthy food making him sick and maybe we should just be feeding him junk)
I'm hoping to get this figured out soon, before it affects his health too much. He's always been at the low end of the growth charts weight wise (the only one of my three like that), but since he was consistent (0-5%) they never said much. My nephew is 10 months old and also low on weight...his doctor is concerned. This same nephew has the exact same issues my son does. I'm thinking that if we can figure one out, the other will be able to benefit. I know all these symptoms tie together somehow...I just need some help figuring it out. Sometimes it feels like...
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My oDD has AS. She had lots of yeast infections while still in diapers, however, they were attributed to the medication she was taking for her (unrelated) kidney issues. Yeast will appear as tiny bumps, not an all over redness. Many times, the bumps will have a white head on them.
Nope, that's definitely not the rash. It gets red, then raw in areas very quickly. It's strange because it heals quickly as well.
He was born with immature liver function so I wonder how that plays into this.
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I wouldn't totally rely on the allergy tests as they can produce false negatives and vice verse. It sounds like his stools are acidic. Does he eat a lot of citrus or juice? Does it itch? eczema can appear around the rectal area. But you are right it does sound all connected. Our GI specialist told us that for one reason or another autistic children have super senstive gi tracts. I think they can do a ph test on his stool as well as some other things. ie protein loss, parasites, blood, etc.
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