Learn How To Manage Yeast Diaper Rash

Yeast Diaper Rash

A yeast infection is a relentless, intense red rash on an infant’s bottom or other areas where skin meets skin. Small red bumps on the outer edge of the rash may be noticed as well. A yeast infection can develop in a baby's mouth, too. This type of infection is called thrush. It appears as whitish and creamy lesions in the mouth and on the tongue. Yeast infections are caused by microbes that thrive in a moist and warm setting. It is also more common in infants recently treated with antibiotics. If you presume that your baby has a yeast infection, see your baby’s pediatrician. A yeast infection is treated with a prescription anti-fungal cream. Remember that although there are home remedies and over-the-counter drugs, it is best to consult a doctor.

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Treatments and drugs

The best treatment for diaper rash is to keep the baby's skin as dry and as tidy as possible. If the infant’s rash problem continues during home treatment, the doctor may prescribe:
  • An anti-fungal cream
  • A mild hydrocortisone cream
Remember to apply a cream or ointment with steroids ONLY if the pediatrician or dermatologist recommends it, because strong steroids or repeated use can cause further problems to arise.
Diaper rashes generally need several days to recover and may carry on for weeks. If the rash still continues despite prescription treatment, the doctor may advise that your baby visit a dermatologist.

Home Remedies

Over-the-counter medicines.
Numerous diaper rash medicines are available without a prescription. Have a discussion with a doctor or pharmacist for particular recommendations. Some accepted over-the-counter ointments are as follows:
  • A + D
  • Zinc oxide paste
  • Desitin
  • Balmex
  • Hydrocortisone
In a lot of infant rash creams, zinc oxide is the active ingredient. A thin coat is typically rubbed on the affected area throughout the day to calm and shield your baby's skin.

Ointments or creams may be less harsh than lotions or liquid solutions, but ointments form a barrier over the skin and block air from entering. Creams dry on the skin’s surface and let air through. Your doctor can tell you whether a cream or an ointment would be better for your child's particular rash. As a general rule, only use products intended specially for babies.

Increasing airflow

The key to keeping your baby’s bottom healthy is to increase the airflow to the diaper area. This can be obtained by:
    • Letting the baby go without a diaper for short periods of time.
    • Avoid plastic or tight-fitting diaper covers.
    • Use diapers bigger than usual until the rash heals.
      Avoid washing with soap or wiping with disposable and scented baby wipes. The alcohol and scent can be harsh to the baby’s skin and could only exacerbate the rashes.

      Also, avoid talcum powder. It was widely used in the past to prevent rashes. However today, doctors no longer recommend its use. Inhaled talcum can irritate the baby’s lungs.

      Remember to change baby diapers often, rinse the baby with water during diaper changes, pat dry the baby’s bottom (no scrubbing), avoid tight-fitting diapers and wash cloth diapers thoroughly. Also, be sure to wash your hands after changing diapers to avoid spreading the micro-organisms.

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