How to Treat Diaper Rash Yeast Infection
Seeing your baby feeling uncomfortable is one of the most upsetting feelings in the world. More often than not, having diaper rashes is one of the culprits that can make your kid cry unceasingly. The good thing is that you can easily spot it once it occurs, but you need to get the facts straight before doing jumping into conclusion and self-medicating your chid.
Diaper rash is a dermatological irritation frequently seen among infants. According to the 2003 journal called Dermatology, it is characterized by lesions in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. It is mainly caused by the abrasive effect of the diaper or the activation of fecal and urinary enzymes that have been stimulated due to being soaked to a wet diaper for a prolonged period of time. When left untreated, diaper rash can escalate into becoming a serious yeast infection.
How Babies Get the Yeast Infection
Babies are susceptible to this scenario because they are still being breastfed and their medicines can interfere with the normal flora of their genital area. If your baby has acquired a yeast infection on his mouth, then expect that he will have some yeast infection on his diaper area too. This occurs because the yeast or candida on their mouth travels downwards through the digestive tract. Eventually, the yeast will end up in his stool. Once it does, it will interact with the wet diaper, thus initiating the outgrowth of yeast.
How to Tell When it is a Yeast Infection
The rashes usually show up in the skin fold of the genital area. You can tell that the rashes are caused by yeast infection because they are appear beefy red and well-defined. Other symptoms that are manifested are slightly raised lesion borders and red lesions at the surrounding area. Your baby’s skin will also appear scaly. In addition, rashes caused by candida include pus-filled sores and blisters. A sure tell-tale sign that babies are infected with yeast is its resistance to traditional rash treatments. You can also ask Deborah or Sean the candida experts on this forum or try Dr. Eric Bakker ND or his book candida crusher which are both good resources.
When to Call Your Child’s Pediatrician
According to an article distributed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, you need to call for professional help if the rashes do not go away or worsen after two days. Do not waste time especially if your baby is starting to acquire fever and has been crying loudly due to discomfort.
How to Treat Your Child
In most situations, the doctor would first advise you to stop the use of diapers from a certain period of time. Doing so would allow your child’s skin dry air out. As you are doing this, keep your baby lying with his bottom up for more air exposure. For your convenience have a waterproof pad underneath the towel so that it would be easier for you to clean up if your baby urinates. Do this as often as you can because it is important for hastening the healing process.
When you begin to introduce your child once again to the use of diapers, then make sure to dry off all the moisture on his skin including sweat, urine or fecal leftover.
Although there are many moisture-absorbing powders in the market such as starch and talcum, I suggest that you do not use any of it as it poses some major complications. According to an article by the American Academy of Dermatology, any form of airborne powder can cause lung irritation. Moreover, since these powders are derived from plants rich in starches, then it would further worsen your child’s condition because yeasts feed on starches.
As an alternative, you can block the moisture from your child’s skin by using highly recommended oil-based barrier creams, dimethicone, petroleum jelly, and other oils. They usually serve as sealants that lock the moisture inside the skin. You can ask the pharmacist for a triple paste and he will give you a mix up of baby cream.
If you want a cream that is really effective, then try out ointments that are zinc oxide-based. It acts both as an antiseptic and a drying agent.
Your child’s pediatrician will give you an antifungal cream if the rashes continue to persist. If it becomes worse, then you should administer a topical corticosteroid preparation like hydrocortisone cream that is combined with miconazole. This kind of cream must be applied twice a day to ease the inflammation. Administer this only for a few days because excessive use can lead to more serious skin damage.
Another form of treatment that you can employ is to change the diaper that you are using. There is an article published back in 2012 at Wolters Kluwer Health that claims that children using cloth diapers are more at risk of acquiring diaper rash. If you are going to continue using cloth diaper, then you have to presoak it heavily every single time. You have to use hot water and rinse the cloth diaper twice. Using detergent, fabric conditioner and bleach to launder your baby’s clothes can cause irritation. To ensure optimum safety, there are some diaper service teams that you can employ to wash your baby’s diapers for you.
It is important to note whether you are using cloth diaper or disposable diaper, the most important thing is that you change it once it becomes moist. After all, prevention is always the best cure.