It’s never fun for parents when baby isn’t feeling good. Unfortunately, there is just no getting around some of the most common issues that cause babies pain and discomfort, like teething, gas, and diaper rash. If your baby suffers from frequent diaper rashes that either keep coming back or don’t respond to treatment, then it may be that your baby’s diaper rashes are actually a form of yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. Candida diaper rashes require special treatment considerations. Here are some tips for how to treat a Candida Diaper Rash.
How To Treat A Candida Diaper Rash
Frequent Diaper Changings
Candida albicans thrives in warm, moist environments, making your baby’s diaper the perfect Candida infection breeding ground – that is, unless the diaper is clean and dry. This means that you should change your baby’s diaper frequently, as soon as possible after every soiling, being sure to get the diaper area thoroughly clean and dry before you rediaper. If you use cloth diapers, make sure they’re being washed properly so that the diapers aren’t holding onto the fungal spores between wears.
Go Diaper Free
Of course, this is not always practical, or even possible, but when you can, let your baby go without a diaper. Even better, let your baby spend some time out in the sunlight without a diaper on. This allows Mother Nature to go to work on that nasty Candida diaper rash in a way that is oftentimes even more effective than any medicine you can buy. We’re not saying you have to go to the store that way, but a little bit of time in the house or backyard can’t hurt. Just be careful during the changing process to not get anything on those used maternity clothes you just shopped for.
Use an Antifungal Ointment
There are a number of great antifungal diaper rash ointments and creams on the market. You may even opt to use a standard over the counter antifungal cream for adults (under a doctor’s guidance, of course) as a diaper rash ointment. Whatever product you choose, the most important things is that you make sure your baby’s diaper area is completely clean and dry before you apply the ointment.
Eat the Right Foods
Candida albicans feeds on carbohydrates, so your baby’s diet should be sugar free if you are to get rid of Candida diaper rash and keep it away for good. Additionally, if your baby is old enough, introduce yogurts containing active cultures into your daily feeding routine. Active cultures are good bacteria that can combat Candida overgrowth and help get rid of your baby’s diaper rash, from the inside out.
Tea Tree Oil
This is a natural antifungal agent, and a proven effective cure for fungal infections like Candida diaper rash. Tea tree oil products come in a variety of forms, from creams to powders, so choose one that works for you to supplement your baby’s Candida diaper rash treatment plan. DO NOT put plain tea tree oil directly on your baby’s rash.
As you can see, there are many methods for treating Candida diaper rash. It is a good idea to incorporate all of these prevention and treatment techniques into your baby’s care the next time you see the tale-tell signs of Candida diaper rash.
Michelle Rich’s daughter suffered from a Candida diaper rash when she was 6 months old. Michelle found Eric Bakker on Youtube and learned quite a bit about Candida and babies from that and other online sources. Take care of yourself AND your little one, for optimal health for both of you!