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My daughter, almost 10 months, hasn't had a diaper rash for at least 7 months, and now suddenly has a very red area--part of which has two sores (I think). How can I tell the difference between a yeast infection and a regular diaper rash? And if it is a yeast infection how do I treat it? We use cloth diapers...will I have to do something special with them?

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Yeast looks like a raised sunburn.

If you do have a yeast rash, the diapers need to be stripped. Some mommas strip the diapers and go to disposables until the yeast is gone. I just keep stripping the diapers until I am sure the yeast is gone. If you dont strip the diapers, the yeast lives in them and the baby keeps getting the yeasty rash. A nasty vicious cycle. Here is what we did to get rid of yeast.

I made a wipe solution of water, vinegar, a little Tea tee oil and a drop of lavender to make it smell nice. Used that at every diaper change. Then let her butt dry. Then I mixed GSE and water in a spray bottle and sprayed that on her booty at every diaper change and let air dry. Did LOTS of naked booty time. With her diapers we washed them with soap nuts (out normal diaper detergent) and baking soda, then put vinegar in the rinse cycle. I then did an additional rinse with GSE. Then we dried them on the hottest and longest cycle twice. I strip diapers at each wash until the yeast has been gone at least 1 week and make sure you get all diapers and cloth wipes if you use them.

I know all that sounds like over kill but we did some of those things alone and none them were enough for us. So, thats what we do when we get yeast. Some mommas do a vinegar bath but we have never had to do that. Good luck and I hope that helps.

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Originally Posted by chase_mommy View Post
Did LOTS of naked booty time.
This is what we do to treat yeast! If LO is eating any solids, you can also sprinkle some pro-biotics in with them to help introduce more "good" bacteria into LO's system. You can also make a paste with the probiotics and put it directly on the rash. If all else fails, the ped can write you an Rx for diaper cream with an anti-fungal in it, but this is usually my last resort (I've only had to do it once, when DD had open sores).

I find a yeasty rash looks more "dotty" than regular diaper rash. The open sores you describe would also make me think your LO has a yeast rash, as the only time my DD had these was with yeast.

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