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Diaper Rash and Yeast Infection

 

How do I prevent or treat diaper rash?

Diaper rash is one of the issues that you will have to deal with as a new parent, especially during warmer months.   It is usually caused by skin irritation from prolonged contact with heat and moisture.  To treat diaper rash you need to know what is causing the rash and how what remedies your baby will respond best to.

Diaper rash usually causes mild redness and scaling where the diaper touches your baby's skin. In worst cases, the rash can cause pimples, blisters and other sores. If your baby's rash gets infected, the rash may be bright red and the skin may be swollen. Small red patches or spots may spread beyond the main part of the rash, even outside the diaper area.

The key to preventing and treating diaper rash is to keep your baby's diaper area clean, cool and dry.

Change your baby's diaper often, and let him or her go without a diaper when possible to let the air dry his or her skin.

Try placing your baby on an open cloth diaper during nap time. Check the diaper shortly after your baby falls asleep and replace it if it's wet. Babies often urinate right after falling asleep.

Homeopathic Remedies: Many moms have been able to find simple cures for common problems that they face as a parent, and this includes diaper rash. For example, breast milk can be used to treat diaper rash. Simply express some milk and apply it to the rash. An egg white wash has also been used as a homeopathic remedy for diaper rash. Other homeopathic remedies that have been recommended by mothers around the world include: tea bags, lard, fresh air, oatmeal paste, bag balm, and even milk of magnesia.


Know Your Baby: Every baby is different, and each one will respond to diaper rash remedies differently. The best way to find a diaper rash remedy that works for your baby is to learn about your baby’s body. Keep a journal about your baby. Create an entry every time your baby has a reaction to something. This way you will know what products to avoid. If your baby’s diaper rash isn’t responding to normal creams and powders try a homeopathic remedy. If you don’t know what to use then you can always talk to your doctor to see what they recommend.  Don't use creams that contain boric acid, camphor, phenol, methyl salicylate or compound of benzoin tincture. These things can be harmful.

What causes diaper rash?

  • Contact with urine and feces: Prolonged exposure to urine and feces can irritate the skin. Both urine and feces can cause moisture to come into contact with the skin, which makes it more prone to damage and irritation.
  • Method of feeding: Breast-fed babies may experience fewer diaper rashes than bottle-fed babies because breast-fed babies tend to have stools of a smaller volume that in turn are less irritating to the skin.
  • Friction and rubbing: Tight-fitting diapers that chafe against the skin can lead to a diaper rash. This damage to the skin can be made worse if the skin is wet. Also, skin-to-skin contact within skin folds in the diaper area can promote a diaper rash.
  • Pre-existing skin conditions: Infants and children with pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis can be more prone to developing a diaper rash.
  • Contact with irritating chemicals: Your baby's bottom is very delicate. Some common chemicals that are found in fabric softeners, detergents, baby lotions, fragrances, soaps, and baby wipes can be very irritating to the skin and should be avoided. Talk to your child's doctor or pharmacist about which products to avoid.
  • Antibiotic use: Using antibiotics can disrupt the normal balance of "good bacteria" which normally keep certain organisms such as yeast under control. Antibiotics taken by a breast-feeding mother can also affect the baby.
  • Infections: The dark, damp, and moist environment created by a diaper is a perfect breeding ground for bacterial or yeast infections (e.g., Candida) on the skin. These types of infections are more common in babies who have a diaper rash. Blisters, pus, red bumps in the creases of the skin, or severely swollen red areas are signs of infection.
  • Other conditions: Diaper rashes are not exclusive to infants and young children. They can also develop in people with conditions such as incontinence and paralysis.

 

What is Yeast Infection?

Yeast infections that affect a baby's diaper area not the same thing as diaper rash. Unfortunately,  regular diaper cream and baby powder on the yeast infection will do nothing to cure it. Anti-fungal medications are the only types of medicine that can get rid of yeast infections.

A yeast infection is different from a diaper rash in that it appears as a flat, red rash with scalloped edges that have several tiny rashes around it. A yeast infection rash may extend along the pubic area and onto the lower part of the baby's abdomen.

Babies who are on antibiotics or who are being breastfed by mothers who are taking antibiotics are at higher risk for yeast infections. That's because antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the body that keep yeast in check. Without these bacteria around, yeast and grow more abundantly.
 
How to cure?
Using antifungal cream, soaking the baby in warm water two times a day and frequent diaper changes will usually clear up a yeast infection within a few days. Make sure the diapers are loose enough to let air in. When changing your child's diapers, make sure the skin on his buttocks is clean and dry.
 
Frequent diaper changes can decrease the chances of an infection occurring
 
Any doubt please consult your doctor.