Imagine a world without diapers. The mere thought is a nightmare, isn’t it? Disposable diapers are a godsend for mothers. But there is one thing both disposable and cloth diapers share. Diaper rash!
Diaper dermatitis(1), the other name for diaper rash, can keep you awake at nights. Any rash hurts and burns. And when the rash is in the delicate diaper area, it can make your baby’s life miserable.
There are various agents that can cause diaper rashes. But the most common cause is a yeast called Candida. If you are a new mom, then read on as we tell you how to treat diaper rashes in babies.
Causes Of Yeast Diaper Rash:
If your baby is between 4 and 15 months, chances are high that you’ll have to deal with a case or two of diaper rash. Candida, the most common cause for diaper rash thrives in moist, warm places. The diaper area is the perfect habitat for candida.
Your baby is more likely to host candida if:
- Her diaper is not kept clean and dry.
- If you or your baby are taking antibiotics (2). Antibiotic in your body can pass on to your baby through breast milk.
- If your baby is suffering from diarrhea.
- Concentration of ammonia in urine can also cause diaper rash.
- Keeping diapers too tight.
- In the case of cloth diapering, the use of certain cleaning agents can cause nappy rash.
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How To Identify A Diaper Rash?
If you doubt a diaper rash, check your baby for the following symptoms:
- Bright red rash in the diaper region.
- Pus-filled blisters, ulcers, or large bumps.
- Crying or fussiness while cleaning the diaper area.
If you notice these yeast diaper rash symptoms, you know where to put the blame! Candida is at work, and now you need to find a way to treat it as soon as possible.
12 Ways To Treat Yeast Diaper Rash:
Diaper rashes might look nasty, but they are nothing to worry about. Usually, these rashes stick to the diaper region and do not spread beyond.
With a little care and ingenuity, you can treat as well as prevent diaper rashes. Here are some easy tips to help you out:
The first and most important course of action is to keep the diaper area clean and dry. Wash the area gently with water and a clean cloth each time you change a diaper. Allow the area to dry up before you put on a fresh diaper.
Change your baby’s diaper as soon as she wets it.
3. Set Her Free:
Give your baby some naked time! Lay her down on a clean cloth without diapers every day. She will love it, but you may have some cleaning up to do afterward.
Your hands should be clean each time you change your baby’s diaper. This will prevent allergens and bacteria from your hands to transfer to your baby.
5. Use Absorbent Diapers:
If you are using disposable diapers, make sure they are absorbent. This will keep the diaper area dry and prevent rashes.
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6. Talk To Your Doctor:
Consult your doctor if you are planning to use powders or any ointments in the diaper area. Your pediatrician is the best person to recommend the right brand.
7. Diaper Rash Cream:
There are a number of diaper rash creams that can treat a bad case of rash. Ask your doctor to prescribe one.
8. Say No To Wipes:
Using wipes is super convenient. But when your baby has a nappy rash, wipes can sting. So, avoid using wipes that have alcohol or perfume to prevent irritating the skin further.
9. Stay Off Corn Starch (3):
Corn starch is a popular home remedy for treating diaper rash. But experts warn against its use. According to studies, the use of corn starch can make a yeast diaper rash worse.
10. Use Mild Cleaning Agents:
If you have chosen cloth diapers, make sure you are using mild cleaning agents. And don’t forget to rinse the diapers 2-3 times while washing.
11. Use Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is a tried and tested remedy for treating diaper rashes. Just apply a good quantity of coconut oil on the diaper region.
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12. Try Shea Butter:
Perfect for your baby’s sensitive skin, shea butter not only keeps the skin soft but also fights yeast infections.
A Word Of Caution:
Most diaper rashes pass with some simple treatment. But consult your doctor if:
- The rash spreads beyond the diaper region.
- You notice pus in the rash area.
- The rash becomes worse with time.
- Your baby develops a fever.
- Your baby is six weeks or younger.
Diaper rashes look scary and can be painful. But, fortunately, these rashes are passing worries. Most of them disappear without causing much harm. But yes, you may have to deal with a wailing baby who refuses to let you change her diaper. For that, you have our sympathy!
Do you know of any other home remedy for treating baby yeast diaper rash? Share with us in the comments section below.
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