No matter how many times you quickly change your baby, diaper rash is almost inevitable. What may start off looking like a diaper rash, however, may actually be something more – a yeast infection. This is a more painful and long-lasting rash that even baby boys can get, as I recently discovered with my 1 month old.
I noticed my little guy’s skin in between the folds by his groin was starting to rub raw when he was about 2 weeks old. It began to spread down his leg and began oozing a whitish substance. Then it started on the left side – same exact spot and characteristics. Finally, about a week into the continued growth of split skin and redness, we noticed underneath his (adorable!) double chin the same thing was happening.
It was the position of the rash, the oozing, and the spread of it that tipped me off to a possible yeast infection. I treated it like a rash for a few days with coconut oil but it only seemed to get worse.
Finally, after plenty of googling, talking to mothers, and research, these are some of the natural remedies that had the best success. Everything I read said that it just had to run its course. There were some things that could be done though, and hopefully this can help you in case your little one starts showing the signs of a yeast infection.
First off, stop using regular wipes and switch to Water Wipes or just use a wash cloth. Regular wipes have ingredients in them that can further irritate the yeast rash. The water wipes are made out of 99.9% water with a drop of fruit extract, which is soothing for baby. There are also no harsh chemicals or toxic ingredients. They are quite a bit more expensive, but was completely worth it in my experience! You can also clean baby with water and cotton balls or a soft wash cloth. I like these extra soft Bamboo Baby Wash Cloths.
Yeast infections are fungal, so it’s up to you on what ointments to use. The most common OTC recommendations for babies are Lamisoh (or any generic version of it) and athlete’s foot cream. The active ingredient is Clotrimazole. It can come in different forms and names when you’re looking for it, so just be sure to look for that ingredient.
Next you want to make sure you have something to fight the moisture that gets trapped in the infected areas. The best one that I found to work was Zinc Oxide Ointment. Just get plain old zinc oxide and it works great at keeping the moisture out.
And if you really want to be sure to dry things up in the area, sprinkle some cornstarch over the area. Take care that your baby doesn’t breathe it in.
Yes, the rumors are true. It really is liquid gold! If you’re breastfeeding, spread some collected breast milk over the infected area. I did this with my little man’s infection and I was amazed to see the redness go down by the next diaper change.
If you’re using cloth diapers, you will want to switch to disposables for the time being, until the rash clears up. Preferably, use a disposable diaper brand that is non-toxic and doesn’t contain damaging chemicals such as chlorine, phthalates, latex, PVC, TBT, alcohol, preservatives, and antioxidants. When we do use disposables, I really like these organic bamboo diapers to be sure I’m not contributing to the redness of my baby’s skin.
Also, be sure to strip and wash your current cloth diaper stash before reusing, as yeast can live in the moisture areas of the cloth. And the last thing you want is to reinfect your baby with leftover yeast, especially after working so hard to get rid of it in the first place!
Air it out
This is the most inconvenient of all the remedies, but it really helps with eliminating moisture and drying out the infected area. Put a towel on the floor and take the diaper of your baby. If you have a boy, keep a small wash cloth on hand in case of a potty stream. If it’s chilly, get a little heater so baby doesn’t get chilly. And just let him/her hang out for 10-15 minutes. Try doing this multiple times a day.
Hopefully these remedies help with your baby and that persistent rash goes away. If you have any tips or remedies that have worked for you, please share them in the comments below!
What has been your experience with yeast infections? What worked for you?
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