What can you do? How do you know that your baby has a yeast diaper rash? To help combat an explosion of the C. albicans fungus you should start your baby on a probiotic supplement (preferably in powder form) or on a healthy dose of Greek yogurt (which is high in probiotics) whenever an antibiotic medication is taken. I actually have my kids on a probiotic called Flora Baby that they take every other day. My daughter, Lady Bug, had been off of it for the past three weeks and sure enough, that’s when her first and only yeast rash reared its ugly head! Also allowing your baby’s bare bum to air out a little in between changes is very helpful.
When wiping your baby who’s battling a yeast infection do not use anything but water and try to dab or pat the infected area. To help fight the infection you can add about 40 drops of grapefruit seed extract to your water but that’s it. Trust me, anything else and your child may be writhing in pain. I know that one from experience. Some try to fight the rash with treatments such as tea tree oil and grape seed extract, I, however, use Lotrimin. Yep, the stuff that fight jock itch! I also use a heavy cream to act as protection over the infected area from urine and stool. And sadly…another thing I do is switch back to ‘sposies. Not only did I not want the rash creams to have no contact with my cloth but I also wanted to ensure that her little bottom was staying away from contact with moisture. I’ve found that when I’ve been dealing with yeast it works for us to go back to disposables.
Now this last time I didn’t fully switch back. I kept Lady Bug in cloth at night and every morning she’d wake up screaming from the pain of her morning urine release on her skin. I could not figure out why my cloth was hurting her I mean surely cloth was what’s best, right? Well, yes and no.
Get that yeast OUT of your diapers! You read that right. When a yeast infection is present those nasty fungus cells get into the fibers of your diapers and they stay. Yep, they just live there happily until your baby’s stool presents another opportunity for them to join in on the baby bum fun. My son, Buggie, who is now out of diapers completely, battled a persistent yeast infection for the majority of his diapering life starting at the age of 18 months. Actually it was that horrible yeast infection that kind of pushed him into wanting to be potty trained. I never knew you had to get the yeast out of your diapers. It didn’t even occur to me! Do I feel badly about this ignorance? Yes. That’s why I’m telling you one of the ways to get yeast out of your fluff.
A Recipe for Yeast Destruction. A fellow blogger gave me her prescription for destroying yeast.
- Hot wash cycle with 2 Tbs. Biokleen (the powder kind that has GSE) and 50 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE).
- Then another hot cycle without Biokleen and GSE.
- Sun the diapers
Going forward you can add a little Biokleen and 20 drops of GSE to washes. She said that she’s not sure if this was necessary but she wanted to be certain her diapers were rid of that nasty stuff!
Have you ever dealt with a yeast diaper rash? Did you treat your diapers for it? What did you do?Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug. When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you have more than one child!