A yeast diaper rash can be more stubborn and difficult to get rid of than a typical diaper rash. Here are some ways to naturally treat it!
Each of my three kids has had a yeast diaper rash at some point, typically after taking an antibiotic. Around Christmas, my toddler had a double ear infection, and I opted to give him antibiotics in hopes that he would feel better by the big day. His ears felt better, but his butt was covered in a troublesome yeast rash.
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A yeast rash is easy to identify, and they often occur in babies between 4 and 18 months old. Yeast loves a warm, moist location, like a diaper! Yeast is identifiable by the red dots that cover the rash. You might notice one developing after your baby or you (if you are breastfeeding) take an antibiotic or a case of diarrhea.
If you aren’t ready to turn to prescription medication to take care of the rash, the best route is to try several natural methods together. Remember, if you use cloth diapers, yeast can live in the diapers. You will need to treat those separately!
1. Lots of Air Time
Candida loves moist locations, like your child’s diaper region. The first thing you should do is give your baby as much naked time as possible. Most toddlers won’t disagree with this. For infants, naked time on the ground is easy and crucial.
2. Change Diaper Often
Babies can’t be naked all the time, and that’s okay! Your next step is to change more often than you typically would. I’ve been known to set the alarm for every hour to change my baby when he has a yeast rash. Cleanliness is important!
3. Baking Soda Bath
If you feel your baby’s butt is sore, try giving him a bath with some baking soda. It is a calming method to soothing their irritated butt.
Depending on your child’s age, you may be able to give him a probiotic. The store has several varieties. If your baby is too young to take probiotics and you are breastfeeding, take them yourself. You can also try slathering plain yogurt on your child’s butt, which contains probiotics.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
No, don’t stick it straight on your baby; that might burn! Raw apple cider vinegar is great for many different ailments, and yeast is no different. Mix 50/50 water and ACV, then dab gently on your child’s butt. Then, pat dry or leave them on the floor to dry naturally.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great diaper cream in general! It is naturally anti-fungal, so it’s a great choice. You can try mixing with tea tree oil if your baby is over six months old, making sure to dilute heavily.
7. Avoid Cornstarch and Fragrance
Make sure that you are avoiding cornstarch. While it is a popular home remedy, it doesn’t help yeast. Also, use plain water to wipe your baby. Alcohol and fragrance (often in baby wipes) can irritate your child’s rash. Plain, warm water is the best choice.
If you don’t see any improvements within 48 hours, call your child’s pediatrician. They have several options for treatments that will take away the rash in no time.