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How do I treat a yeast infection diaper rash?

My baby has a terrible case of diaper rash -- it's bright red with blisters. What should I do?
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It sounds like your baby may have a yeast infection diaper rash, which can happen if a mild diaper rash gets infected with yeast. This is especially likely if your baby recently took antibiotics. If your baby's had the rash for more than a few days and go-to diaper rash treatments (like Desitin or A+D ointment) haven't helped clear it, call your pediatrician. You'll probably need an anti-fungal cream (there are over-the-counter and prescription versions, but you shouldn't use them without your doctor's approval), which usually helps beat the rash quickly. Your baby should also be evaluated to make sure it isn't something more aggressive than diaper rash.

While your baby is healing, don't use baby wipes or any perfumed soap or bubble bath (which you should be avoiding anyway). Instead, try a soothing oatmeal bath, which can help alleviate the itch. After the bath, let her bottom air-dry before you dress her in a clean diaper. It's also important to keep your hands and your baby's hands clean after diaper changes, since yeast can spread to other areas. If you don't see any improvement in the rash within three to five days of treatment, or your baby develops a fever or seems lethargic, give your pediatrician a call.

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My baby from day 1 had a diaper rash and a yeast. I didn't know what to do since my 1st daughter never had a rash. The hospital where I delivered her used Pampers swaddles, so I continued to use and my doctor actually said not to change diapers cause I was using the best brand. I used A&D, desitin & triple paste & every night gave her a bath. Finally, after 2 months I went to buy Huggies. I swear to God from the 1st diaper change my daughter has never had another rash. Change diaper brands.
Submitted by irenegherr1
When my daughter had a diaper rash like that the doctor prescribed a strong antibiotic ointment, like polysporin except stronger, and canestin creme. It worked almost instantly to provide her with some relief and got rid of the blistering rash really quickly.
Submitted by twopiscesgirls
Aquaphor and mint Maalox made into a creamy diaper rash cream is a miracle. It starts clearing bad rashes up within the 1st day. Mix into a container that has a lid, two caps full of Maalox into two big spoons of Aquaphor (makes a creamy white paste). Add more or less of either ingredient to make the consistency you like.
Submitted by asampsel1
Lotramin AF 2x a day will get rid of it. But it has to be lotramin AF, as the other ones are to strong for little ones. It's what our pediatrician had us use on our little one.
Submitted by ashelirogers
My daughter had the exact same thing and it ended up being a staph infection. The only thing that cured it was going to the doctors and getting antibiotics.
Submitted by bigdlilk1