Yeast Diaper Rash

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Yeast diaper rash can be more uncomfortable and more severe than traditional forms of diaper rash. You may have taken your baby to see a doctor or looked online at pictures of Candida Albicans yeast diaper rash, which can look scary.  However, using the right products for the treatment of yeast diaper rash, along with simple prevention strategies can often resolve the issue and help prevent future diaper rashes from developing on your baby’s bottom.

So what is a yeast diaper rash, and how is it different than a normal diaper rash? What does it look like, and how can it be remedied?  Read on to learn more.

What Is Candida Albicans?

Candida Albicans is the scientific name for the culprit causing yeast diaper rashes.  Yeast is a type of fungus, and is present on everyone’s skin to some degree. The problems occur when this yeast overgrows.  Since diapers are warm, dark, and moist, they’re a perfect place for yeast infections to develop. The infection will spread and worsen if the area is not regularly kept clean, dry, and given time to breathe.

Yeast Diaper Rash Causes

  • Yeast diaper rash is caused by an overgrowth of Candida yeast, which thrives in warm, moist places.
  • Yeast infections may also be caused by exposure to certain antibiotics or antibacterial drugs by way of direct ingestion or through breastfeeding.
  • Finally, yeast infection diaper rashes may be caused by thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth) spreading to the diaper region.

Yeast Infection & Candida Albicans Symptoms

It’s difficult for any parent to see their child in discomfort, and the symptoms of yeast diaper rashes may be alarming. To determine if your baby’s rash is caused by a yeast infection, look for the following symptoms:

  • Inflamed, red skin
  • Small red bumps or white pustules
  • Smaller rashes near the main rash
  • Rashes sometimes reach the legs, groin, and lower back
  • Failure to respond to traditional diaper rash medications or worsening of the rash despite traditional treatments.  If this happens, it’s time to call your physician.

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Natural Remedies For Yeast Diaper Rashes

Fortunately, diaper rashes are usually treated and prevented very easily.  Like many skin conditions, one of the best treatments is regular, healthy skincare. By balancing the yeast diaper rash home remedies listed below with a medicated ointment, you can help soothe your baby’s bum and prevent future rashes from occurring.

  1. Gently clean the area with a mild soap and warm water. Use a soft towel to pat dry  and/or allow to air dry. Use a mild soap such as Triple Wash or Triple Soap in order to avoid further irritation of baby’s sensitive skin.
  2. Keep the diaper area dry.  As we’ve mentioned, yeast infections thrive in warm, moist areas. By keeping your baby’s bottom clean and dry, you can prevent future rashes.
  3. If possible, give your baby’s bottom some Air Time. Your baby will benefit from some diaper free time! Infections and rashes are much less likely to form if the Candida is not confined in a moist area for extended times. Regular time without a diaper will help your child be much more comfortable, and help heal and prevent rashes.

Yeast Diaper Rash Treatment

At Summers Laboratories, we firmly believe that the most effective treatments and prevention strategies are a combination of healthy skincare habits and medicated treatment as necessary.  Healthy bathing, moisturizing, and preventative skincare habits are the best way to prevent future yeast infection diaper rashes. However, when symptoms do arise, medicated topical ointments can help provide relief from discomfort and stop the infection in its tracks.

Look to Summers Labs’ baby care products to help safely clean, hydrate, and protect your baby’s skin.  To relieve existing diaper rash symptoms, use Triple Paste Medicated Diaper Rash Ointment. If you suspect it is a yeast diaper rash, contact your pediatrician.

In most cases of yeast diaper rash, pediatricians will recommend an over-the-counter jock itch medication, like Triple Paste AF, which contains miconazole nitrate, to treat the fungal infection.