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The butt rash defnitely sounds like it could just be from the disposable diapers. My guys get a rash whenever they're in sposies. . . even the "good" kind that supposedly don't have chemicals in them. They don't seem to have particuarly sensitive skin otherwise, and never get rashy in cloth. I wonder if babies who are in sposies from birth just develop a tolerance for them early on. They do make cloth overnight training pants if you're interested, or maybe you could just have your ds go without since he's dry so much of the time anyway.
Regarding the exzema, I would doubt that the sugar is the culprit, but I don't know for sure. I think it would more likely be a reaction to something else that's in the reeces's pieces (some coloring or preservative. . . in which case you could try giving him a more "natural" treat instead, something organic and in a relatively pure state) if it's related to that at all. It's true that exzema is generally related to an allergy of some sort, but this is a time of year when exzema can flare up just because it's getting so dry out (at least where we live). Both of my boys have developed really dry skin in the last couple of weeks.
I would also just scrutinize your ds' diet and see if there's anything else that he could be reacting to. It could be something that's he's had before, but that he's suddenly eating in larger amounts or more frequently. Or a new soap, laundry detergent, etc.
HTH, and congrats on the PT!
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 & 12) in a small house with a lot of love.