What is yeast diaper rash?

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Yeast diaper rash in children: Overview

Any rash on the area covered by a diaper is called diaper rash. Many diaper rashes are caused when a child wears a wet diaper for too long. But diaper rashes can also be caused by candida albicans, a type of yeast. Your child may also have the two types of rashes at the same time.

A yeast diaper rash is not serious, but it may need to be treated with an antifungal cream.

How can you care for your child who has a yeast diaper rash?

  • Your doctor may prescribe a medicated cream, powder, or ointment, or recommend that you buy an over-the-counter one at a grocery store or drugstore. Use it as directed.
  • Change diapers as soon as they are wet or dirty. Before you put a new diaper on your baby, gently wash the diaper area with warm water. Rinse and pat dry. Wash your hands before and after each diaper change.
  • Air the diaper area for 5 to 10 minutes before you put on a new diaper.
  • Do not use baby wipes that contain alcohol or propylene glycol while your baby has a rash. These may burn the skin.
  • Do not use baby powder while your baby has a rash. The powder can build up in the skin folds and hold moisture.

Yeast diaper rash in children: When to call

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your baby has blisters, open sores, or scabs in the diaper area.
  • Your baby has signs of a more serious infection, including:
    • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
    • Red streaks leading from the rash.
    • Pus draining from the rash.
    • A fever.

Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your baby's diaper rash looks like a rash that is on other parts of your baby's body.
  • Your baby's rash is not better after 2 days of treatment.

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