Expensive or cheap diapers? Disposable or cloth? Oh! It’s every parent’s dilemma! There really comes a time that regardless of being so meticulous and attentive to your babies’ needs, your cuties will still likely get yeast diaper rash. But relax, there are some things you can do to keep this annoying condition at bay.
Yeast diaper rash and its symptoms
Yeast diaper rash is a general condition wherein your baby’s or your toddler’s skin is sore, irritated, red, scaly and tender. Medically, it’s known as dermatitis of the buttocks, genitals, lower abdomen, thigh folds or any area covered by a diaper.
Sometimes, the affected area can appear a little swollen or puffy. It may also be kind of warm when you touch it. There are mild cases of yeast diaper rash characterized by very few prickly red splotches. On the other hand, some cases may be severe with tender and swollen red bumps spreading up to baby’s abdomen, stomach and thighs. It doesn’t really matter whether your child’s diaper is cloth or disposable. Their bottoms are still not suited to the stuffy, covered-up conditions from wearing a diaper.
What causes yeast diaper rash?
Knowing the cause of yeast diaper rash can help you remedy it more quickly. Diaper rash can be a result of any of these following causes:
- Allergic reaction (to the diaper)
- Sensitive skin or irritation (by urine and stool), sometimes brought about by leaving a wet or dirty diaper for a long period of time
- Friction or rubbing against the diaper itself
- A diaper that’s too tight
- Infection (yeast or bacterial)
- Seborrhea or excessive discharge of sebum from the sebaceous glands
- Introduction of new foods or products
- Antibiotics taken by the baby or the nursing mom
What are some remedies and over-the-counter products?
The best way to treat diaper rash is to always keep your baby’s bottom clean and dry. Here are some tips:
- Change diapers as frequently as possible.
- When changing, always rinse your baby’s skin with warm water. You can use a wet cotton ball and simply pat it on your child’s skin, then gently dry it with a clean, soft cloth.
- Avoid using products with harsh ingredients like alcohol and fragrances (such as those found in some wet wipes and some soaps).
- Another good remedy is to air dry your baby’s skin to give it some diaper-free time.
- Always check that the diaper is put on loosely to prevent chafing.
- You can also try a different brand of diaper (if using disposables).
There are also some products you may use such as creams, jellies, oils, and powders. Petroleum jelly and ointments can protect the skin from poop and pee by coating it. They can also make the skin easy to clean! Products that contain zinc oxide can also help immensely. Zinc oxide has an antiseptic property tDiapeat helps fight off any infection. It also eases skin irritation.
If the rash is caused by infection, you may look for over-the-counter anti-fungal creams. In addition to these, you may also spread cornstarch onto your baby’s bottom. Just be sure to keep it away from your child’s face to avoid breathing problems and allergies.
Your child’s rash should improve or disappear in three to four days following these remedies. If your baby’s condition doesn’t improve or if it worsens, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your child’s pediatrician may recommend a topical antibiotic in such cases.
Keeping baby clean and comfortable can make both you and baby happy and less frustrated! All in all, yeast diaper rash is easy to treat. With these remedies plus some patience and effort, your baby’s diaper rash will clear up in a few days!