How Do I Tell If A Yeast Infection Is Present and How Do I Treat?
- If the diaper rash is bright red or does not start getting better after 3 days of warm water cleaning and air exposure, your child probably has a yeast infection.
- Apply an over the counter antifungal cream (Lotrimin) 3-4 times a day with each diaper change.
- If the rash has not improved in 4-5 days, call the office.
What If A Rash Developed After A New Food Or Juice Was Introduced?
Eliminate that food or juice for one month and then try again. Apple juice can cause diarrhea and result in a terrible diaper rash.
How Do I Prevent Diaper Rash?
- Changing the diaper immediately after your child has a bowel movement and rinsing the skin with warm water are the most effective things you can do to prevent diaper rash.
- If you use cloth diapers and wash them yourself, you will need to use bleach (such as Clorox) to sterilize them. During the regular cycle, use any detergent. Then refill the washer with warm water, add 1 cup of bleach, and run a second cycle. Unlike bleach, vinegar is not effective in killing germs.
- Cornstarch powder reduces friction and can be used to prevent future rashes after this one is healed. When applying cornstarch powder, place on your hand first and then on your baby’s skin. Your baby can inhale any powder that is poured directly on the skin.
Call Our Office If:
- The rash looks infected (pimples, blisters, boils, sores).
- Your child is acting sick.
- The rash is not better in 5 days.
- The diaper rash covers the entire diaper area.
- You have other concerns or questions.