Can Bananas Cause Diaper Rash?

  • By: Julie Miller
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Parents everywhere are asking this question as their little ones start to experience their first diaper rash. It seems like every time a new food is introduced, the child develops a rash.

In this blog post, we will explore the causes of diaper rash and whether or not bananas are one of them.

Do Bananas Cause Diaper Rash?

Bananas are a delicious and nutritious fruit, but yes, bananas can cause diaper rash. Whether it’s the high sugar content, the potassium or the chitinase from a green unripe banana that is causing diaper rash is unclear, it could be one of these or a combination.

It could be a food intolerance to bananas which is causing the diaper rash as baby’s digestive system struggles to cope with it. Believe it or not, bananas is acidic foods, though not as acidic as citrus etc.

When you introduce babies to solid foods, they will often react to them as they struggle to digest them, but this can be a temporary condition, atopic dermatitis.

Young children and infants sometimes develop red diaper rashes after consuming acidic fruits such as those found in the fruit family including apples or citrus fruits; this is not an allergy but rather irritation from its pH level which causes pain upon contact with raw skin cells.

Alternatively, if your child has a banana allergy this could cause a painful diaper rash.

Is It Difficult for Babies to Digest Bananas?

No, it is not difficult for babies to digest bananas. In fact, bananas are a great first food for babies because they are easily digested and full of nutrients.

Avoid unripe bananas and actually cooked bananas are a great way to start when you choose to let your baby eat bananas.

You can introduce bananas to your baby as early as six months old. Just be sure to cook them until they are soft to avoid any irritation. We love this banana pancake recipe as a great starter baby food:

Cooked Bananas Pancake Recipe for Babies


– ½ cup ripe bananas, mashed

– ¼ cup milk

– ¼ cup all-purpose flour

– ½ teaspoon baking powder


In a medium bowl, mash the bananas. Add the milk and stir to combine. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until everything is well combined.

Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Scoop ¼ cup batter onto the skillet and cook for about two minutes per side, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

How Can I Tell if My Baby Is Allergic to Bananas?

Bananas can cause a food allergy. Interestingly there is a strong correlation between people who are allergic to latex and those who are allergic to bananas.

If your baby is allergic to bananas, they will likely develop a rash within minutes of eating the fruit.

Other symptoms of an allergy include vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, call a medical professional immediately.

In most cases, your baby is showing food intolerance rather than food allergies. Other foods which can cause rashes in the diaper area include tomato based products like spaghetti sauce, milk based formula and tree nuts.

Symptoms of Banana Allergy in Babies

If your baby has a banana allergy, they may experience allergic reactions such as the following symptoms:

  • Hives or welts
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue, and throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea or loose stools, vomiting. People experience gastrointestinal distress
  • Anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening)
  • Runny nose

If you think your baby may be allergic to bananas if they have any of the above symptoms following banana consumption, it is important to talk to your pediatrician. They can determine if your baby has a banana allergy and help you create a plan to keep them safe and healthy.


Bananas are not typically associated with causing a diaper rash, but there are cases where people can have a banana allergy.

This can lead to a diaper rash in infants and young children. If you notice any symptoms of a serious reaction like severe diarrhea or vomiting, trouble breathing, severe wheezing or swelling of the face or lips, call your doctor immediately.

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