Diaper rash is a common and harmless ailment in children that can be caused by the irritation from urine and feces or chaffing. Most diaper rashes clear up easily within a couple of days. But what happens when the rash is persistent and does not go away with your normal routine?
It’s possible the rash is caused by yeast.
Yeast, Candida albicans (also responsible for thrush), is a fungus found in harmless amount on people’s skin and intestines. It thrives on dark and damp environments making an existing irritated diaper area the perfect breeding ground. Children on antibiotics or breastfeeding mothers on antibiotics are especially susceptible to yeast rashes as well as children who have recently had thrush.
A yeast rash can be easily identified by its appearance; it is typically “beefy” red, with sharp boarders and satellite pustules, and can last for two weeks or more.
How to treat a yeast rash naturally
Coconut oil contains antifungal properties, among many others, making it a popular natural remedy. Unrefined coconut oil can be applied to a clean and dry diaper area.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another one of nature’s miracle workers. This vinegar also contains antifungal properties and it’s used internally and externally to treat Candida. Mix a 1:3 vinegar to water ratio and use it to clean baby’s bottom in between diaper changes.
Probiotics promote healthy gut bacteria that help fight off yeast. If the child is breastfeeding both mom and baby can take a probiotic to treat yeast systematically. It should contain at least 1 billion live cultures. There are probiotics in the form of food as well such as yogurt, fermented foods, and fermented drinks.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract is a broad spectrum antimicrobial and fungicide and very effective against Candida. Use ten drops per one ounce of distilled water. This solution can be use at every diaper change.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known for its skin healing properties as well as antifungal. One drop of tea tree oil can be added to one tablespoon of coconut oil and used as a diaper cream at every diaper change. Tea Tree oil must be diluted in oil.
Allowing plenty of diaper-free time not only helps dry out the rash but since yeast thrives in dark and damp environments a dry and exposed diaper area inhibits the proliferation of yeast.
If the child is cloth diapered it is important to treat the diapers as well.
If recurrent yeast rashes or thrush are happening, your nursing babe can benefit from changes to the diet by eliminating carbohydrates especially sugars.
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